Overview for Ayurvedic Pharmacognosy
Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurveda (Ayus = Life, Veda/vid = knowledge or science) meaning 'The Science of Life' is the sophisticated and wholistic traditional medical system of India which has been in continuous existence for the last 7000 years. Its tenets and knowledge are not only applicable to India, but are totally suitable to all people, irrespective of race, country, culture or environment. It is indeed a world class system of medicine which is and will become a main corner stone of future world health and indeed the system of the 21 century.
Worldwide interest in Ayurveda is rapidly growing, especially in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Ayurveda, the major traditional system in India, is not just about herbs but is an entire system or away of living aimed at achieving a state of total mental, physical and spiritual well-being through lifestyle, diet, and drugs derived from herbs.
This book attempts to bridge the knowledge gap and gather the scattered information of Ayurvedic pharmacognosy to see what scientific support there is for the traditional use of these plants.