Book Released - World Healing Plants for tomorrow - C P Khare

Plants, herbs and ethnobotanicals have been used since the early days of humankind and are still used throughout the world for health promotion and treatment of diseases. About 25 per cent of drugs prescribed worldwide are derived from plants still herbs, rather than drugs are often used in health care for some, herbal medicine is their preferred method of treatment for others herbs are used as adjunct therapy to conventional pharmaceuticals However in many developing societies traditional medicine of which herbal medicine is a core part is the only system of health care available or affordable. Regardless of the reason those using herbal medicines should be assured that the products they are buying are safe and contain what they are supposed to whether this is a particular herb or a particular amount of a specific herbal component. Consumers should also be given science-based information on dosage contraindication and efficacy. There has been a renewed and growing interest among the healthcare professionals and policy makers to utilize its full potential for mitigation of diseases holistic treatment of patients and wellness of people with review of the ancient texts and treaties and modern scientific evidence-based safety study on them. The present book “World Healing Plants for tomorrow- An Insight into further Research” is very relevant and apt to the present scenario coinciding with global upsurge of interest particularly in the developed and developing countries where the use of herbal medicine has been the integral and dominant from of medical treatment. The book provides excellent glimpses of the rich herbal medicine and traditional knowledge of many countries including India. The book brings together information as 200 plant species from myriad sources giving the name of the family, synonym, English names, distribution, chemical constituents, pharmacological and clinical studies, part used, dose, infusion and the availability, uses in other pharmacopoeias besides beautiful pictures of all these medicinal plants. Further a section deals with an instant access to native and common English names of potential medicinal plants of countries. These can easily search the latest pharmacologic and ethnobotanical research on a plant in an easily identifiable standard reference work instead of confiding themselves to their own country. The text is based in the information which has been collected from more than 100 voluminous reference works. The possibilities of new area beyond traditional application have been explored and new leads have been highlighted. The present book will serve not only as an excellent reference material but also as a practical guide for herbal healers, vaidyas, research workers and students in the area of medicinal plants. The book also would be useful for wide range of stakeholders including herbal pharmacies exporters and importers of medicinal plants, researchers and regularly authorities. ISBN: 2018, xi+689p., figs.,tbls., color phto., ind., 29cm Rs.8995, ISBN: 9789351249535

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