Medicinal Plants

Medicinal Plants: Biodiversity and Drugs

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Summary

This volume provides a contemporary overview of new strategies for traditional medicine development. It emphasizes the importance of cataloging ethnomedical information, determining the active principles, and examining the genetic diversity and range of actions of traditional medicines. It discusses the challenges of using traditional medicines for diseases where access to modern medicine is limited, and the research areas needed to improve quality, safety, and efficacy for enhancing healthcare. Affirming the importance of traditional medicines as an essential and integral component of healthcare systems, it explores the vast opportunities for their evidence-based development.

Table of Contents

New Strategies for Traditional Medicine, Geoffrey A. Cordell
Developing Better Herbal Medicines in the Post-genomic Era, Andrea Furtado Macedo and Luciana Furtado Macedo
Revitalization of the Knowledge of Herbs—A Way Forward to Discovery of New Drugs, D. Hardas, José Luis Ríos, and M. Rai
Ethnobotanical Uses of the Native Flora from Brazilian North-eastern Region, Ana Maria Benko-Iseppon, Diego Sotero de Barros Pinangé, Suzane Cavalcanti Chang, and Wilfried Morawetz
Diversity and Uses of the Genus Croton (Euphorbiaceae) in Northeastern Brazil, Marccus Alves, Maria de Fátima L. Araújo, Cássia L.S. Gusmão, Amaro de Castro Lira Neto, Reginaldo de Carvalho, and Ana Maria Benko-Iseppon
Ethnomedical Knowledge Among the Quilombolas from the Amazon Region of Brazil with a Special Focuson Plants Used as Nervous Tonics, Danilo Ribeiro de Oliveira, Gilda Guimarães Leitão, Newton Gonçalves Castro, Mariana Neves Vieira,and Suzana Guimarães Leitão
Advances in the Knowledge of Medicinal Plants in Eastern Andalusia, Spain, G. Benítez, M.R. González-Tejero, and J. Molero-Mesa
Tropical Propolis: Recent Advances in Chemical Components and Botanical Origin, Osmany Cuesta-Rubio Anna Lisa Piccinelli, and Luca Rastrelli
Anti-Malarial Plants Used in Folk Medicine in Bangladesh, M. Rahmatullah, T. Rahman, and R. Jahan
Usnea sulcata
Motyka: An Ethnomycological Review of its Use in Traditional Medicine, Mariela A. Marinoff, and José L. Martínez
Sirukurinjan—
An Ancient Remedy for a Modern Incurable Disease, Diabetes, S. Raguapthy, M.K. Choudhury, C.B.Nirmala, T. Sampath, and S.G. Newmaster
Herbal Drugs Used for Domestic Animals, Lorella Severino and Letizia Ambrosio
Endophytes from Medicinal Plants as Novel Sources of Bioactive Compounds, B. Zaferanloo, Peter J. Mahon, and Enzo A. Palombo
Advances in Medicinal Plants with Antitumoral Activity, María Pilar Gómez-Serranillos Cuadrado, María Teresa Ortega Hernández-Agero, Olga María Palomino Ruiz-Poveda and María Emilia Carretero Accame
Medicinal Plants: How are they Used to Treat Neurological Diseases?, Fabiola Domínguez, Angel Josabad Alonso-Castro, Ma. Eva González-Trujano, Adrián Martínez-Cervantes, Hermelinda Salgado-Ceballos, Sergio Torres-Castillo, and Sandra Orozco-Suárez
Inflammatory Diseases: Mechanisms and Natural Remedies, Rabih S. Talhouk, Ralph Salloum, and Fadia R. Homaidan
Recent Advances to Evaluate Anti-diabetic Medicinal Plants, M.M. Fawzi
Botanical Origin and Biological Activity of Propolis, Ramón Enrique Robles-Zepeda, Javier Hernández Martínez, Adriana Garibay Escobar, Dora Edith Valencia Rivera, and Carlos Arturo Velázquez Contreras
Bioactivity of Plant Essential Oils, Talal A. Zari
Antibacterial and Antiviral Effects of Aromatic Plant-derived Essential Oils—A Scientific and Medicinal Approach, Jürgen Reichling
Strategies of Solvent System Selection for The Isolation of Natural Products by Countercurrent Chromatography, Gilda Guimarães Leitão, Fernanda das Neves Costa, and Fabiana de Souza Figueiredo

Editorial Reviews

"I quickly understood that this was not another book on the origin of plant-derived drugs, rather it is a collection of 21 chapters presenting state-of-the-art information on a wide range of important areas of medicinal plant research with a unifying theme of health and healing, rooted in many distinct and interrelated scientific disciplines. … This book presents an array of medicinal plant research of great importance to global public health. … The dynamic integration of these disciplines in this volume makes the book a valuable tool for many different audiences."
—Steven King, Ph.D., Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., HerblaGram100, The Journal of the American Botanical Council, Nov 2013–January 2014

 
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