aEnvironmental FuturesResearch Institute, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
bSchool of Natural Sciences, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
I am pleased to bring you volume 5, issue 1 of Pharmacognosy Communications. In this issue we present an extensive review examining the safe usage of herbal medicines, alone and in combination with other drugs. We also feature 7 original research reports examining the pharmacognosy of several important medicinal plants including an examination of the oil composition of Indonesian pilis (a medicine applied directly to the forehead for a variety of therapies), a pharmacognostic evaluation of Mimusops elengi flowers, a study examining the anticonvulsant and anxiolytic activity of Cassia fistula pod extracts, a report of the potential of pomegranate juice for prolonging semen viability, a screening of Australian native fruits with high antioxidant contents for the ability to inhibit the bacterial triggers of some autoimmune diseases and an Indian study reporting on the inhibitory activity of Mucuna pruriens seed extracts towards hepatoma but not normal hepatic cell lines. We also present a study reporting on the toxicity of traditional Indian medicinal plants.Read more…