Aloes are a large genus of plants, about 450 species, from sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and parts of Arabia. Many species are widespread in warm or tropical semi-arid regions, yet the distribution of others is limited to a few living in desert or wet mountainous regions. While some species have been adopted as medicinal plants since ancient times and others are used locally in folk medicine, scientists have yet to discover the full biological activity of the many aloe compounds. In order to realize the vast potential of the genus, it is essential to gather the knowledge acquired over the last fifty years into one comprehensive compilation.
A landmark publication, Aloes: The genus Aloes reviews all botanical, chemical, biochemical, and medical information as well as commercial applications of aloes. The first part of the book features information on the habitat and taxonomy of aloes, followed by a section on aloe constituents. Part 3 focuses on therapeutic activity and includes chapters on aloe's role in wound healing, skin cancer, and the immune system. The final section is devoted to aloe biology. Chapters are written by accomplished contributors who share their expertise and insight from all areas of academia and industry.
Providing a solid foundation for future research, this volume brings together a wealth of information on aloes from a variety of sources, including seldom-recorded folk customs. It is a valuable guide for researchers and professionals in the areas of botany, natural product chemistry, pharmacology, dermatology, and immunology.
Table of Contents
PART 1: THE PLANTS
Aloes in Habitat, Leonard E. Newton
Taxonomy of Aloaceae, Gideon F. Smith and Elsie M.A. Steyn
PART 2: ALOE CONSTITUENTS
Aloe Chemistry, Tom Reynolds
Aloe Polysaccharides, Yawei Ni, Kenneth M. Yates, and Ian R. Tizard
Aloe Lectins and their Activities, Hiroshi Kuzuya, Kan Shimpo, and Hidehiko Beppu
Analytical Methodology: The Gel-Analysis of Aloe Pulp and its Derivatives, Yawei Ni and Ian R. Tizard
Analytical Methodology: The Exudate, Tom Reynolds
Industrial Processing and Qualtity Control of Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) Gel, Todd A. Waller, Ronald P. Pelley, and Faith M. Strickland
PART 3: THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY OF ALOES
Healing Powers of Aloes, Nicola Mascolo, Angelo A. Izzo, Francesca Borrelli, Raffaele Capasso, Giulia Di Carlo, Lidia Sautebin, and Francesco Capasso
Aloe vera in Wound Healing, Gary D. Motykie, Michael K. Obeng, and John P. Heggers
Aloe vera in Thermal and Frostbite Injuries, Michael K. Obeng, Gary D. Motykie, Amer Dastgir, Robert L. McCauley, and John P. Heggers
Plant Saccharides and the Prevention of Sun-induced Skin Cancer, Faith M. Strickland and Ronald P. Pelley
Aloes and the Immune System, Ian R. Tizard and Lalitha Ramamoorthy
Bioactivity of Aloe arborescens Preparations, Akira Yagi
PART 4: ALOE BIOLOGY.
The Chromosones of Aloe - Variation on a Theme, Peter Brandham
Aloe Leaf Anatomy, David F. Cutler
Pests of Aloes, Monique S. J. Simmonds
"[T]he book presents a useful survey of the medicinal aspects of aloes and our scientific understanding of the efficacy of Aloe products and treatments."
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