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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 194

Remarks on "Tinospora cordifolia: One plant, many roles"


Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana including Drug Research, I.P.G.T. and R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar 361 008, Gujarat, India

Date of Web Publication17-Nov-2014

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Rohit Sharma
Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana including Drug Research, I.P.G.T. and R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar 361 008, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.144627

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Sharma R, Galib, Prajapati P K. Remarks on "Tinospora cordifolia: One plant, many roles". Ancient Sci Life 2014;33:194

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Sir,

We read an article entitled "Tinospora cordifolia: One plant, many roles," with great interest and would like to place few remarks on this [1] The article is aptly written, informative and seems to be a product of a sincere effort of the researcher. The authors have aimed at encompassing the genetic diversity of the plant and they were also able to present the scarcity of reports on conservation strategies, propagation of the germplasm, morphological and physiological characters, and other characteristics of the plant. Unfortunately however, nothing has been discussed much about genetic diversity with special reference to Tinospora. Authors could have compiled reported studies on male and female varieties of Tinospora. [2],[3]

It appears that the picture of the plant provided in the article is not that of Tinospora. This picture doesn't match with any of the available official databases or any other floras [4],[5],[6],[7] Even though the representative image could be a misprint, it is not acceptable in a leading scientific Journal of international status like the Ancient Science of Life. A large amount of published information is available on the nature and structure of active components present in Tinospora. In such a situation, it would have been more appropriate to use those identified structures to be placed in figures instead of using general terms such as alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, aliphatics, etc. Mentioning "others" and giving a structure to "others" will also not be acceptable by the scientific community.

The authors have also opined that the natural products with medicinal value are safe, which is not always true. We understand that though the medicines are of herbal origin, one need to be cautious while administering them and administration should always be under the supervision of a trained Vaidya in prescribed doses [8]

 
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Saha S, Ghosh S Tinospora cordifolia: One plant, many roles Anc Sci Life 2012;31:151-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Jha PK, Chauhan MG, Pandya Tṇ Phytomorphological differences of male and female plants of Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Miers ex Hk.f. and Thom.). Ayu 2009;30:232-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Ashok BK, Ravishankar B, Prajapati PK, Bhat SD. Antipyretic activity of Guduchi Ghrita formulations in albino rats Ayu 2010;31:367-70.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Quality Standards of Indian Medicinal Plants Vol. 1. New Delhi: ICMR; 2003. p. 212.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Database of Medicinal Plants Used in Ayurveda. Vol. 3. Reprint ed. New Delhi: CCRAS, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; 2005. p. 256.  Back to cited text no. 5
    
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Pharmacognosy of Indigenous Drugs Vol. 1. Reprint ed. New Delhi: CCRAS, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; 1999. p. 324.  Back to cited text no. 6
    
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The Wealth of India. Vol. 10. Reprint ed. New Delhi: NISCAIR, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; 2003. p. 252.  Back to cited text no. 7
    
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Narayana DB, Manohar R, Mahapatra A, Sujithra RM, Aramya AR. Posological considerations of Ocimum sanctum (Tulasi) as per Ayurvedic science and pharmaceutical sciences Indian J Pharm Sci 2014;76:240-5.  Back to cited text no. 8
    




 

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