Special Issue on Metabolic Syndrome 
Call for Papers 

According to Mayo Clinic, metabolic syndrome “is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels — that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes”. In between them, these disorders account for the highest number of mortality rates and high medical costs for millions of people around the world, thus disrupting the economic fabric of many families. The problem is more acute for the poorer sections of the population in underdeveloped countries, who can neither afford the costly medications nor afford physician costs. Moreover, rural people in underdeveloped countries lack access to quality health care because modern allopathic doctors and diagnostic clinics and medical hospitals are concentrated in only a few large urban centers. 

Traditional medicine may offer a way out of this conundrum. Many medicinal plants used by traditional medicinal practitioners reportedly are used for treatment of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, obesity, and diabetes-induced nephropathy, neuropathy and retinopathy. These plants, following proper scientific validation may offer a readily available and affordable means for tackling metabolic syndrome. Moreover, the chances of these plants proving to be of valid therapeutic uses are considerable since these plants have been used for thousands of years. Diabetes and obesity have been recognized as diseases in Ayurveda for at least 3500 years, being known as ‘madhumeho’ and ‘medh’, respectively. Terminalia arjuna bark decoction has similarly been used in Ayurveda to treat and prevent heart disorders for thousands of years. 

Recognizing the severity of the problem, the Asian Journal of Pharmacognosy is devoting a special issue on Metabolic Syndrome. Potential authors are encouraged to submit research and review articles, short notes, and full papers or notes on ethnic uses of plants used to treat metabolic syndrome as a whole or any particular disease component. Authors are also encouraged to discuss any allopathic medicine or integrative medicine methods, which has been utilized successfully or has the potential of success to treat metabolic syndrome. It is expected that this issue will stimulate further discussion and collaboration among scientists and a possible efficacious mode of treatment will emerge.In this context the Asian Journal of Pharmacognosy is making a call for papers related to medicinal plants with potential usefulness for metabolic syndrome.