Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants

Amala Soumyanath

November 2, 2005 by CRC Press
Reference - 336 Pages - 29 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415334648 - CAT# TF4016
Series: Traditional Herbal Medicines for Modern Times


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  • Provides an accessible repository of quick overviews of particular herbs and pointers for further research
  • Describes methods for studying antidiabetic activity of plants in vitro and in animal models as well as in humans
  • Includes regional reviews from an international group of contributors
  • Allows you to compare and contrast information specific to geographical areas and between geographical areas
  • Contains an up-to-date summary of available knowledge on plants tested for antidiabetic activity
  • Summary

    The increasing prevalence of diabetes mellitus world-wide is an issue of major socio-economic concern. Scientific interest in plant-derived medicine is steadily rising, yet there is often a wide disparity in the caliber of information available. A detailed compilation of scientific information from across the globe, Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants highlights the potential role of dietary and medicinal plant materials in the prevention, treatment, and control of diabetes and its complications. The book not only describes plants traditionally used to treat diabetes, but evaluates the scientific studies on these plants and describes in vitro, in vivo, and clinical methods for their investigation. It examines the theory that changes in dietary patterns from traditional plant foodstuffs containing beneficial components, to richer, more processed "junk" food is responsible for the increased prevalence of diabetes worldwide.

    The book begins with an introduction to the disease diabetes mellitus written by a consultant physician and an up-to-date, detailed summary table and discussion of scientifically screened antidiabetic plants compiled by authors from the Jodrell Laboratories, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. The next chapters provide an outline of clinical, in vivo, and in vitro methods for assessing antidiabetic activity of plant materials, followed by descriptions of traditional plant remedies used in Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Australia written by an international group of authors active in antidiabetic plant research. The final chapters emphasize the role of particular phytochemical groups in the treatment or prevention of diabetes. By documenting both traditional and scientifically derived knowledge, Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants brings us closer to the translation of traditional knowledge into new methods for treatment of this important disease.