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Pueraria: The Genus Pueraria

Series: Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Industrial Profiles Volume: 23

Edited By: Wing Ming Keung

290 pages, Figs, tabs

Taylor & Francis

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #133724 | ISBN: 0415284929
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NHBS Price: £102.00 $129/€121 approx

About this book

Traditionally, pueraria has been utilized by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to treat hangovers, allergies, indigestion, diabetes and angina, as well as neck and shoulder pain, thirst, and fever. A more recent study showed that both daidzin and daidzein may be useful in reducing the urge for alcohol and treating alcoholism. This comprehensive book contains a concise description of the age-old knowledge, as well as authoritative scientific information that parallels the rapid increase in our scientific understanding of Pueraria. It has been designed with a broad and diverse readership in mind, including students, educators and prevention and treatment practitioners as well as research scientists from a broad range of disciplines.


Contents

Pueraria: Botanical Characteristics . Ethnobotany of Pueraria Species. Pueraria (Ge) in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. Pueraria tuberosa DC: Contraceptive Efficacy and Toxicological Profile. Chemical Constituents of Pueraria Plants: Identification and Methods of Analysis. Chemical Components and Pharmacology of the Rejuvenating Plant Pueraria mirifica. Biosynthesis and Natural Functions of Pueraria Isoflavonoids. Pharmacological Effects of Pueraria Isoflavones on Cardiovascular System. Preclinical Studies of Kudzu (Pueraria lobata) as a Treatment for Alcohol Abuse. Human Studies of Kutzu as a Treatment for Alcohol Abuse. Chemoprevention Effects of Isoflavones on Estrogen-dependent Diseases: Osteoporosis and Cancer of the Breast, Prostate and Endometrium. Chemistry and Hepatoprotective Effect of Pueraria Saponins. Mammalian Metabolism of Pueraria Isoflavonoids. Synthesis of Naturally Occurring Isoflavones and Their Analogs. Research and Development of Pueraria (Ge)-based Medicinal Products in China. Kudzu, a Valuable Potential Commercial Resource: Food, Paper, Textiles and Chemicals. Friend or Foe? Changing Cultural Definitions of Kudzu.

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