The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicines

The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicines

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By (author) Andrew Pengelly

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  • Publisher: CABI Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 14mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 29 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Wallingford
  • ISBN 10: 0851998070
  • ISBN 13: 9780851998077
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Sales rank: 44,231

Product description

During recent years herbal medicine has become an increasingly scientifically based system of healing. Due to demands from both the public and medical establishments, studies leading to the scientific explanation of plant therapeutic capabilities are allowing this practice to gain increasing credibility and acceptance within the medical community. This book draws on the recent research and provides an introduction to the complex area of plant constituents and the therapeutic activities associated with them. Plants covered are those commonly used by herbalists throughout Europe, North America and Australasia.

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Introduction to phytochemistry; Phenols; Polyphenols - tannins and flavonoids; Glycosides; Terpenes; Triterpenoids and saponins; Essential oils and resins; Fixed oils and alkamides; Polysaccharides; Alkaloids