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Chamomile: Medicinal, Biochemical, and Agricultural Aspects

Provides the latest information on the medicinal, aromatic and cultivation aspects of Chamomile
Discusses the profiles of several of the medicinally active compounds of the oil and how their levels could be increased through breeding
Includes new information on the various aspects, especially the essential oil content and profile, latest pharmacological studies, biotechnology, and cultivation and harvesting practices of Chamomile

Series: Traditional Herbal Medicines for Modern Times

By: Moumita Das (Author)

328 pages, 32 b/w illustrations, 34 tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Jul 2014 | #213254 | ISBN-13: 9781466577596
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About this book

Chamomile: Medicinal, Biochemical, and Agricultural Aspects is a ready reference on German Chamomile (henceforth called Chamomile), a medicinal and aromatic plant of European origin, which is extensively used for its medicinal properties worldwide. The flowers of chamomile contain valuable blue coloured oil which is used in medicines. In addition, it is used in shampoos, soaps and cosmetics. The main themes of Chamomile: Medicinal, Biochemical, and Agricultural Aspects are taxonomy, pharmacology, genetics, biochemistry, breeding and cultivation. It will include the latest information on the medicinal, aromatic and cultivation aspects of Chamomile.


Contents

Introduction to Chamomile
Introduction
Chamomile as food
Chamomile as a cosmetic ingredient
Other uses of Chamomile
Medicinal uses of Chamomile

Chamomile: Botany
Introduction
Common names
Occurrence
Botanical Classification and Nomenclature of Chamomile
Anatomical characteristics of chamomile
Reproductive biology
Cytology and ploidy effects
Physiology
Biochemistry
Descriptors of chamomile

Chamomile: Medicinal Properties
Introduction
Chamomile reduces inflammation
Chamomile is an antioxidant
Antinociceptive effect of chamomile
Chamomile and wound healing
Chamomile as an immunomodulator
Antimutagenic effect of chamomile
Anticancer effect of chamomile
Chamomile for treating insomnia
Chamomile for relieving stress
Neuroprotective effect of chamomile
Effect of chamomile on morphine withdrawal syndrome
Anxiolytic effect of chamomile
Chamomile as psychostimulant and its effect on Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Effect of chamomile on some dermatological problems
Phytoestrogenic effect of chamomile
Chamomile and cardiovascular disease
Chamomile and oral health
Treatment of colicky infants by chamomile
Spasmolytic effect of chamomile
3.21Hepatoprotective effect of chamomile
Nephroprotective effect of chamomile
Antileishmania effect of chamomile
Antibiotic effect of chamomile
Chamomile against anisakasis
Anticulex effect of chamomile
Chamomile and pregnancy
Chamomile and pest management
Chamomile use in poultry and animal husbandry
Chamomile as veterinary medicine
Toxicity and allergenicity of chamomile compounds
Pharmacokinetic studies and in vivo skin penetrations of chamomile compounds

Chamomile oil and extract: Localization chemical composition, extraction and identification
Introduction
Localization and content of the chamomile essential oil
Discovery of the compounds in the essential oil
Chemical composition of essential oil of flowers
Physical properties of the flower essential oil
Chemical composition of essential oil of herb (stem and leaves)
Chemical composition of essential oil of roots
Comparative account of the essential oils of the various parts of chamomile plant
Chemical composition of chamomile flower extract
Extraction methods
Identification methods of components

Genetics and Breeding of Chamomile
Introduction
Variability in chamomile population
Genetics
Breeding
A comparative account of tetraploid and diploid varieties of chamomile
Biometrics
Micropropagation of chamomile

Cultivation of Chamomile
Introduction
Habitat and climatic conditions
Soil conditions
Seeds
Sowing
Fertilization
Irrigation
Weeding
Herbicide resistance
Pest control
Harvesting
Yield
Post-harvest treatment
Fitness for rotation with other crops
Hydroponic culture

Chamomile: Patents and Products
Chamomile patents
Chamomile products


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Biography

Dr. Moumita Das is presently Assistant Director in the Research Unit at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Earlier she was the Assistant Director at the National Centre for Innovation in Distance Education (NCIDE), IGNOU. She did her graduation and post-graduation from the University of Delhi. For her PhD, she did research at the Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow. She was a research fellow at the Institute for Genomics and Integrative Biology, where she worked in the field of drug discovery. Dr. Das has published many papers in journals of national and international repute. Her areas of interest include medicinal plants and sustainable development.

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