Medicinal Plants of South Africa

Medicinal Plants of South Africa

by Ben-Erik van Wyk, Bosch Van Oudtshoorn, Nigel Gericke
     
 

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A photographic guide to the most commonly used and best known South African plant medicines, including their botany, main traditional uses and active ingredients.

This second edition has been fully updated to incorporate the latest research findings. The book includes:

* Detailed species descriptions of more than 150 medicinal plants and their close

Overview

A photographic guide to the most commonly used and best known South African plant medicines, including their botany, main traditional uses and active ingredients.

This second edition has been fully updated to incorporate the latest research findings. The book includes:

* Detailed species descriptions of more than 150 medicinal plants and their close relatives, or other species used in a similar way. Each entry includes the following information: a description of the plant, the plant parts used, medicinal uses, preparation and dosage, active ingredients and pharmacological effects.
* In addition, each entry includes a distribution map and a diagram of the chemical structure of the main active ingredient
* More than 500 excellent photographs of the plants, plant parts used and products
* Introductory chapters on, among others, cultural aspects of healing, methods of collection and storage, methods of preparation and administration
* A plant list according to ailments
* A glossary, detailed index and comprehensive references for further reading

This remarkable book is a must for anyone with an interest or involvement in health care and botany.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Ethnobotany is now a very popular research topic in South Africa, and greater use is currently being made in terms of natural plants than ever before. The current second edition took note of the excellent research that has been done on ethnopharmacological aspects in relation to indigenous plants. The various entries on more than 150 medicinal plants were updated with respect to plant description, plant parts used, medicinal properties preparation and dosage, the active ingredients and their pharmacological effects. All this valuable data is augmented by distribution maps of the plants and diagrams of the chemical structure of the plant products. Valuable data on cultural aspects of healing and methods of plant collection, their storage, methods of preparation and modes of administration adds additional value to this very pleasing book. This volume should further increase the intensity of research in the field of traditional medicine.

This revised edition of Medicinal Plants of South Africa remains a valuable reference book for serious and amateur gardeners alike. It includes clear photographs of each of the plants described and is refreshingly easy to use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781875093373
Publisher:
Briza Publications
Publication date:
03/15/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

BEN-ERIK VAN WYK is a professor of Botany at the University of Johannesburg with a research interest in systematic botany and plant utilization. He is the author of international scientific bestsellers such as Medicinal Plants of the World and Food Plants of the World.

BOSCH VAN OUDTSHOORN is a retired professor of pharmacy and a pioneer researcher of the medicinal properties of plants. He has many years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

NIGEL GERICKE is a medical doctor and an expert in the field of ethnobotany in South Africa. He is currently involved in the development of new phytomedicines.

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