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Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy


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Foreword Preface PART A FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOGNOSY SECTION 1 Phytotherapy and pharmacognosy 1. Importance of plants in modern pharmacy and medicine 2. Pharmacognosy and its history: people, plants and natural products SECTION 2 Basic plant biology 3. General principles of botany: morphology and systematics 4. Families yielding important phytopharmaceuticals 5. Ethnobotany and ethnopharmacy SECTION 3 Natural product chemistry 6. Natural product chemistry 7. Methods in natural product chemistry 8. Anticancer natural products SECTION 4 Plant extract derived pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals 9. Production, standardization and quality control 10. Toxicity of herbal constituents 11. What makes phytomedicines unique? SECTION 5 Medicinal plants in selected healthcare systems 12. Traditional systems of herbal medicine 13. Complementary/alternative medicine PART B IMPORTANT NATURAL PRODUCTS AND PHYTOMEDICINES USED IN PHARMACY AND MEDICINE 14. The gastrointestinal and biliary system 15. The cardiovascular system 16. The respiratory system 17. The central nervous system 18. Infectious diseases 19. The endocrine system 20. The reproductive and urinary tracts 21. The musculoskeletal system 22. The skin 23. The eye 24. Ear, nose and orthopharynx 25. Miscellaneous supportive and protective therapies for stress, ageing, cancer and debility Epilogue Index

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By Michael Heinrich, Dr rer nat habil MA(WSU) Dipl. Biol. FLS, Professor of Ethnopharmacology and Pharmacognosy and Head of Centre for Pharma & Bio Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK Jose Prieto-Garcia, Associate Professor in Natural Products and Phytochemistry at Liverpool John Moores University, UK Elizabeth M. Williamson, BSc(Pharm) PhD MRPharmS FLS, Emerita Professor of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, UK; former Editor-in-chief - now a Senior Editor of Phytotherapy Research; Member of the Herbal Drugs Committees for The British Pharmacopoeia


'Very informational. Tough reading but lots of good information.' 'This is an excellent text book which provides fascinating insights into the world of pharmacognosy and the authors masterfully integrated elements of orthodox pharmacognosy and phytotherapy. Both the science student and the non-scientific person interested in phytotherapy will greatly benefit from reading this publication. It is comprehensive, easy to follow and after having read this book, one is so much more aware of the uniqueness of phytomedicines. A must read for any healthcare practitioner.' 'Our lead pharmacognosy faculty report that this 2nd edition is a welcome expansion of an already excellent reference book. Word.' 'This book is fantastic - in creating a curriculum in Pharmacognosy this book will play a vital part to educate the students!'

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