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Medicinal Herbs and Flowers

Supriya Kumar Bhattacharjee (Author) L C De (Author)
Synopsis Herbs have been used to promote and safeguard health, relieve pain and discomfort, heal diseases and wounds and refresh the mind. Herbal medicines are preferred over synthetic drugs and antibiotics since the herbs possess many healing properties without side effects. Herbs are the sacred medicine with great power, which no pharmacist can excel or even imitate fully. There is a growing need for information on medicinal herbs and flowers, their chemical constituents, biological activity, aroma and fragrance, characteristics, cultivation, extraction of action ingredients and uses for safeguarding health and healing diseases and discomfort. This book, Medicinal Herbs and flowers, is a comprehensive and most valuable document on the subject. This is the first book of its kind in contents and concept. The publication is organized in six chapters. Chapter I is an introductory one, dealing with history, isolation and characterization of active principles, transformation of medicinal systems, medicinal plants widely known for their curative effects of certain diseases, endangered medicinal plants, need for commercial cultivation of medicinal plants, Indian scenario, medicinal plants, need for commercial cultivation of medicinal plants, Indian scenario, medicinal plant trade and industry, export of medicinal plants and phyto-chemicals. Chapter 2 Provides information on genera and species of medicinal importance, description, cultivation, extraction and uses. Chapter 3 covers the various aspects of medicinal flowers. Chapter 4 describes the medicinal herbs in depth. Chapter 5 furnishes the information on herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. Chapter 6 summarises the medicinal herbs, their parts used, active ingredients, etc. there are two annexures through which information is given on (i) important antibiotics from plant sources and (ii) glossary of pharmacological and medicinal terms. The index of the book has been prepared in such a way that this publication is easy to handle and helpful to all. This publication will serve the interest of medicinal plant lovers, collectors, teachers, researchers, students, progressive farmers, pharmaceutical industry and botanists.
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About the authors

Supriya Kumar Bhattacharjee

Prof. S.K. Bhattacharjee is an eminent scientist in the field of horticulture, retired as Project Coodinator, all India Coordinated Research Project on Floriculture, Indian council of Agricultural Research, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, on January 31, 2003. He obtained his M.Sc. (Ag.) in Horticulture from Calcutta University. He is also a diploma holder in Business Management and Industrial Administration, United Nations studies and Landscape Architecture. He has 38 years research, teaching, management, developmental and administrative experience in private organisations, Indian Botanic Gardens, Botanical Survey of India, State Agricultural Universitites and ICAR Institutes. He was Head of the Division of Medicinal and Aromatic Crops, Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bangalore. He has also served as Professor of Horticulture and Professor in charge, North Bengal Campus, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Visvavidyalaya, Cooch-Behar, West Bengal, which has later converted into a full-fledged Agricultural University presently named as Uttar Banga Krishi Visvavidyalaya. While serving in private organisations, he has laid out many landscape gardens in different agro-climatic conditions of the country, collected a wide range of indigenous and exotic plants from India and abroad and propagated tem on a large scale for use in gardens. Prof. Bhattacharjee has visited several foreign countries. He has published about 400 research papers and popular scientific articles in journals of national and international repute. He is the author of seven books among which Advanced commercial Floriculture, Handbook of Medicinal Plants have been widely acclaimed and well-received.

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L C De

Dr. Lakshman Chandra De is a Senior Scientist in the field of horticulture, presently working as Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar, Arunachal Pradesh. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture with specilaisation in Floriculture from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He has eight years of research and extension and two years administrative experience. He has published 45 research paprs in reputed journals and written 22 research abstracts, 21 popular articles and one research bulletin. He is the co-author of a most popular and valued book entitled Advanced Commercial Floriculture (in 2 volumes). He is a member of several scientific societies and referee of reputed journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Medicinal Herbs and Flowers
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8179100960
length xx+434p., Figures; Tables; References; Plates; Index; 27cm.