This reference describes the traditional medicinal uses, the chemical constituents, the pharmacological activities and the clinical trials of plants that are commonly used throughout the world as medicine.
This book is a wonderful contribution to the knowledge of medicinal plants of the world...Mr. Ross is to be congratulated and complimented for such a well-done book. It is an invaluable resource that will become a critical reference to a great diversity of specialists in the fields of public health, chemistry, phytomedicine, ethnobotany, toxicology, and botany. - Journal of Natural Products The editor has neatly merged diffuse knowledge from a complex field to provide an educational resource pertinent to researchers, drug developers, and pharmaceutical and clinical services...an interesting introduction to the intriguing field of ethnopharmacology and traditional medicine. - Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal There is also a useful glossary towards the end of the book that provides definitions of botanical, chemical and medicinal terms used in the text. These features will make the book very easy to consult by specialists with a wide range of interests The species selected for inclusion contain some well known medicinal plants, such as Catharanthus roseus and Aloe vera, several species better-known for their fruits such as avocado, annona, guava, mango, papaya, pomegranate and tamarind, the spice turmeric, the vegetable cassava and Mamordica charantia the bitter gourd, lemon grass, the tropical weedy species Cassia alata, and some well known poisonous plants such as Abrus precatorius, Fatropha curcas and Lantana camara a useful compilation of information about some economically important species will certainly be consulted by physicians, pharmacists and herbal healers, but should also appeal to ethnobotanists, economic botanists and plant chemists. I am sure that I will be referring back to it from time to time. - New Phytologist
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