Greco-Arab and Islamic Herbal Medicine: Traditional System, Ethics, Safety, Efficacy, and Regulatory Issues / Edition 1

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This book presents a systematic review on traditional Arab herbal medicine including historical background, medical innovations introduced by Arab physicians, common roots of Arab medicine and western medicine, methodology of drug discovery and therapy in Arabic and Islamic medicine, a state-of-the-art description of traditional Arab herbal medicine, and evidence-based safety and efficacy of Arab and Islamic medicines. The usage of modern cell biological, biochemical, in vitro and in vivo techniques for the evaluation of medicinal plant safety and efficacy is also discussed. The toxicity of herbal formulations safety, quality assurances, and chemical analytical techniques are introduced in this book.

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“The formula adopted in Greco-Arab and Islamic Herbal Medicine makes it appealing to a broad spectrum of readers on both regional and global levels.” (HerbalGram, 1 February 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470474211
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Bashar Saad, PhD, is Professor of Cell Biology andImmunology at the Arab American University-Jenin, Palestine, andDirector of the Qasemi Research Center at Al-Qasemi AcademicCollege, Baqa Algharbiya, Israel. He made a significantcontribution in combining cell biology, immunology, and 3D cellculture techniques with Arab-Islamic herbal wisdom. His researchinterests include anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties ofmedicinal plants. He has written more than fifty original papers aswell as review articles and book chapters on Arab-Islamic herbalmedicine.

Omar Said, PhD, is Director of the Antaki Center forHerbal Medicine, Israel and serves as the head of the Arabmedicinal plant project in the Galilee Society R&D regionalcenter, Israel. He is a doctor of pharmacology. As an expert in thefields of pharmacology and ethnopharmacology, he has madesignificant contributions in combining this modern science with themedicinal plants tradition. His research interests includediabetes, obesity, fertility, psoriasis, acne, hyperlipidemia, andliver diseases. He has written more than thirty-five originalpapers as well as review articles and book chapters on Arab-Islamicherbal medicine.

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Table of Contents




1. An Overview of Greco-Arab and Islamic Herbal Medicine.

2. History of Greco-Arab and Islamic Medicine.

3. Herbal Medicine.

4. The Arab-Islamic Roots of Western Medicine.

5. Contributions of Arab and Islamic Scholars to ModernPharmacology.

6. Natural Drugs in Greco-Arabic and Islamic Medicine.

7. Method of Therapy in Greco-Arab and Islamic Medicine.

8. Commonly Used Herbal Medicines in the Mediterranean.

9. The Current State of Knowledge of Arab Herbal Medicine.

10. Greco-Arab and Islamic Medicine Practiced Outside the MiddleEast.

11. Biosafety of Herbal Medicine.

12. Arab Medicinal Plants: From Traditional Uses to ScientificKnowledge.

13. Modern In Vitro Test Systems.

14. Modern In Vivo Evaluations and Clinical Trials.

15. Medical Ethics in Arab and Islamic Medicine.

16. Medicinal Herbs and Extracting Their Active Ingredients.

17. Food Therapy.

18. Drug Development from Herbal Sources.

19. Herbal Remedies: Use and Demographic and RegulatoryIssues.

Appendix A: Plant Naming.


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