Medicinal Plants of the World

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Medicinal Plants of the World is a comprehensive and scientifically accurate guide to the best-known and most important medicinal plants. The book includes descriptions of more than 300 medicinal plants and their close relatives. Each entry gives a short summary with a description of the plant, the geographical origin, therapeutic category, historical and modern uses, active ingredients, and pharmacological effects. More than 500 full-color photographs assist in the identification of the plants. It is an essential reference guide for health care professionals — doctors, nurses, and especially pharmacists — or anyone with an interest in medicinal plants and their uses.
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Editorial Reviews

"This stunning new book is a user-friendly guide to 320 plants."
—J. S. Whelan, Choice, September 2004
"An in-depth, scientifically accurate, superbly presented, seminal survey and guide to the best-known medicinal plants ... a reference that health care professionals will relish and refer to time and time again."

Bookwatch, July 2004

National Gardener
"Medicinal Plants of the World is a scientifically accurate guide to the best-known and most important medicinal plants of special commercial or historical interest which is a rapidly expanding field."
—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener, June 2004
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881926026
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 664,862
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Wink is a professor of pharmaceutical biology and a director of the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He is an authority on secondary metabolites of plants and their pharmacological effects.

Ben-Erik van Wyk is a professor of botany at the Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interest is in systematic botany and plant utilization.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 7
Medicine systems of the world 8
Plant parts used 16
Dosage forms 18
Use of medicinal plant products 20
Active ingredients 22
Quality control and safety 24
Efficacy of medicinal plant products 25
Regulation of herbal remedies and phytomedicines 26
The plants in alphabetical order 27
Health disorders and medicinal plants 351
Overview of secondary metabolites and their effects 371
Quick guide to commercialised medicinal plants 395
Glossary 433
Further reading 442
General index 445
Acknowledgements and photo credits 479
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