Plants That Cure : A natural history of the world's most important medicinal plants
Of the approximately 300,000 plants that have evolved on Earth, at least one tenth of them have been used in traditional herbal medicine or as local remedies. More recently, the application of science has proven the effectiveness of many of these plants, and enabled us to develop important medicines, often in the form of single isolated plant compounds. This fascinating and beautifully presented book explores these compounds and the plants that produce them, and how they have transformed the lives of countless people. The book is organised by body system and type of condition, which are illustrated with examples of compounds used to treat them and the plants that they are found in. Many of these plants have a long history of use that has been investigated, so their mechanism of action can be explained, as well as their role within the plants themselves.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 215 x 280 x 21mm | 1,150g
- 01 Apr 2020
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Kew Publishing
- Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom
- 400 Halftones, color
About Elizabeth Dauncey
Elizabeth Dauncey is a botanist with a PhD in Plant Taxonomy. She spent most of her career working for the Poisons Unit of Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust in London, on joint initiatives with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Liz is author of Poisonous Plants: A Guide for Parents and Childcare Providers (Kew Publishing, 2010) and co-author of Plants that Kill (Kew Publishing, 2018). Melanie-Jayne Howes is a registered pharmacist and Chartered Chemist. She obtained a PhD in pharmacognosy prior to her appointment as a phytochemist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She is also Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London, and is a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.