Publication Title: 
Annual Review of Nutrition

The resin of the Commiphora mukul tree has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 2000 years to treat a variety of ailments. Studies in both animal models and humans have shown that this resin, termed gum guggul, can decrease elevated lipid levels. The stereoisomers E- and Z-guggulsterone have been identified as the active agents in this resin. Recent studies have shown that these compounds are antagonist ligands for the bile acid receptor farnesoid X receptor (FXR), which is an important regulator of cholesterol homeostasis.

Urizar, Nancy L.
Moore, David D.
Publication Title: 
Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology

The antiatherogenic effect of a herbal formulation, Caps HT2, was evaluated as antioxidant, anticoagulant, platelet antiaggregatory, lipoprotein lipase releasing, anti-inflammatory and hypolipidaemic activity in rats. The formulation contained the methanolic extracts of selected parts of plants, Commiphora mukul, Allium sativum, Plumbago indica, Semecarpus anacardium, Hemidesmus indicus, Terminalia arjuna, Tinospora cordifolia, Withania somnifera and Ocimum sanctum.

Mary, N. K.
Babu, B. H.
Padikkala, J.
Publication Title: 
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology

Salacia oblonga (SO) root is an Ayurvedic medicine with anti-diabetic and anti-obese properties. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-alpha, a nuclear receptor, plays an important role in maintaining the homeostasis of lipid metabolism.

Huang, Tom Hsun-Wei
Peng, Gang
Li, George Qian
Yamahara, Johji
Roufogalis, Basil D.
Li, Yuhao
Publication Title: 
Phytotherapy research: PTR

Administration of an aqueous extract of fruits of Withania coagulans (1 g/kg; p.o.) to high fat diet induced hyperlipidemic rats for 7 weeks, significantly reduced elevated serum cholesterol, triglycerides and lipoprotein levels. This drug also showed hypolipidemic activity in triton induced hypercholesterolemia. The histopathological examination of liver tissues of treated hyperlipidemic rats showed comparatively lesser degenerative changes compared with hyperlipidemic controls. The hypolipidemic effect of W.

Hemalatha, S.
Wahi, A. K.
Singh, P. N.
Chansouria, J. P. N.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Aegle marmelos Corr. (Rutaceae) is widely used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. The aqueous extract of Aegle marmelos seeds was administered orally at different doses (100, 250 and 500 mg/kg) to normal as well as sub (fasting blood glucose (FBG) normal; glucose tolerance abnormal) and mild (FBG 120-250 mg/dl) diabetic rats. The dose of 250 mg/kg was found to be most effective dose and it decreases blood glucose level (BGL) by 35.1% in normal healthy rats after 6h of administration.

Kesari, Achyut Narayan
Gupta, Rajesh Kumar
Singh, Santosh Kumar
Diwakar, Sandhya
Watal, Geeta
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

BACKGROUND: Ischemic heart disease (IHD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in both developing and developed countries. An underlying cause of IHD involves retention and deposit of serum lipids in coronary arteries, decreasing blood flow. Drugs (conventional and herbal) are used to lower levels of serum cholesterol to help prevent IHD. The Ayurvedic medicine pharmacopoeia identified herbs that might contribute to a decrease in cholesterol and therefore reduce the risk of IHD. METHODS: Literature searches were conducted at 3 points: 2003, 2004, and 2007.

Singh, Betsy B.
Vinjamury, Sivarama Prasad
Der-Martirosian, Claudia
Kubik, Erica
Mishra, Lakshmi C.
Shepard, Neil P.
Singh, Vijay J.
Meier, Melany
Madhu, Sonal Gandhi
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of 2-hydroxy 4-methoxy benzoic acid (HMBA), the active principle of Hemidesmus indicus, an indigenous Ayurvedic medicinal plant in India. We investigated the effect of HMBA on hyperlipidaemia induced by ethanol, exploring food intake, body weight, and hepatic and plasma lipids and lipoproteins. Male Wistar rats weighing 130-180 g were given ethanol (5 g kg(-1) p.o.) daily for 30 days. Subsequently, ethanol-fed rats were given HMBA intragastrically at a dose of 200 microg kg(-1) per day for 30 days.

Saravanan, Nadana
Nalini, Namasivayam
Publication Title: 
Indian Journal of Experimental Biology

Lagenaria siceraria (Mol.) Standley fruit (bottle gourd), a commonly used vegetable in India is described as cardiotonic and as a general tonic in Ayurveda. Keeping in view the presence of free radical scavenging activity in L. siceraria and involvement of free radicals in the development of various disorders, present studies were designed to evaluate the ethanolic extract of L. siceraria fruit against the disorders where free radicals play a major role in pathogenesis.

Deshpande, J. R.
Choudhari, A. A.
Mishra, M. R.
Meghre, V. S.
Wadodkar, S. G.
Dorle, A. K.
Publication Title: 
Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery

Since hyperlipidemia, inflammation and obesity are closely related to atherosclerosis, therefore management of these factors together would be beneficial for overall treatment approach for atherosclerosis. Although, Indian system of medicine, especially Ayurveda has several medicinal plants with proven beneficial claims towards these pathological conditions, but most of them lack enough experimental data.

Tripathi, Yamini B.
Publication Title: 
Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity

The roots of Glycyrrhiza glabra, Withania somnifera, Asparagus racemosus, and Chlorophytum borivilianum and seeds of Sesamum indicum are ayurvedic medicinal plants used in India to treat several ailments. Our previous studies indicated that these plants possess hypolipidemic and antioxidant potential. The present study was aimed at investigating the composite effects of these plants on hypercholesterolemic rats.

Visavadiya, Nishant P.
Narasimhacharya, A. V. R. L.


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