Arun Shirwaikar

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Alcoholic extract of the stems of Coscinium fenestratum, a medicinal plant indigenous to India and Sri Lanka used in ayurveda and siddha medicine for treating diabetes, was studied for its carbohydrate metabolism effect and antioxidant status in streptozotocin-nicotinamide induced type 2 diabetic rats. Oral administration of C. fenestratum stem extract in(More)
Aloe vera gel is a familiar ingredient in a range of widely available and advertisement healthcare and cosmetic products. As to date there are no documented reports on the standardization of A. vera gel and the following study is an attempt in this direction. A. vera gel was evaluated for its aloeverose content for the first time. Aloeverose, was separated(More)
OBJECTIVES Curcuma zedoaria Rosc is a perennial herb found in tropical countries, such as India, Japan and Thailand. Various parts of this plant are used in Ayurveda and other folk medicines for the treatment of different ailments such as diarrhoea, cancer, flatulence and dyspepsia. This study is an attempt to compile an up-to-date and comprehensive review(More)
CONTEXT Approximately 400 million persons worldwide have chronic hepatitis B. This is due to problems associated with vaccine delivery, stability and cost. Hence the present challenge in vaccinology is to develop safer, cheaper and easy-to-deliver forms of vaccines. A novel needle-free oral vaccine will be an ideal tool to fight this silent killer disease.(More)
Natural resources in general and plant materials in particular are receiving more attention due to their safety as pharmaceutical excipients. Present work assessed the potential of a natural polysaccharide, pectin to mask the bitter taste of ambroxol hydrochloride, by microencapsulation technique, and its possibility to formulate as a fast disintegrating(More)
SUMMARY The antidiabetic potential of berberine was evaluated in a streptozotocin-nicotinamide induced type 2 diabetic rat model. On administration of graded doses of berberine to normal and experimental diabetic rats for 12 days, a significant (p<0.05) reduction was observed in fasting blood glucose levels. However, serum insulin levels failed to be(More)
Fast-dissolving effervescent tablets (FETs) were prepared by the modification of nonreactive liquid-based wet granulation technique. Effervescent systems are not stable in the presence of trace amount of moisture, and elimination or inactivation of free water is the key to stability apart from manufacturing in controlled humidity environment. Our main(More)
Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines' is a half yearly international peer reviewed, open access journal specifically intended to publish papers concerning various aspects of Pharmaceutical sciences like Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Research on traditional and alternative medicnes etc. Original, informative and scientific research and review articles are(More)
Berberine is a benzyl tetra isoquinoline alkaloid which is widely used as an antimicrobial and an antidiarrhoeal. As berberine containing plants are virtually used in all forms of traditional medicine, our study aimed to examine the antioxidant activity of berberine using 2,2-diphenyl 1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging, nitric oxide scavenging,(More)