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Major Medicinal Plants of India

R.S. Thakur (Author) H.S. Puri (Author) Akhtar Husain (Author)
Synopsis A number of books have been written on medicinal plants of India. All of them, except two exhaustive volumes published by Indian Council of Medical Research, are too old and have become outdated because of considerable research on these plants during the last 25 years. All these volumes, whether old or new, have presented a large list of 1,000 or more plants and the list includes a fairly large number of food crops like wheat, rice, peas, sugarcane, and even common weeds, some of which do not have a real therapeutic value. With the growing interest in higher plants as a source of medicine all over the world, there was a need of a book which includes only important plants of established therapeutic value used either in modern or traditional systems of medicine and which are sold widely in Indian markets for Ayurvedic, Unani, or Allopathic formulations. The present volume includes selected plants based upon their use in formulations used in India and includes botany, geographical distribution, vernacular names, folklore, or traditional use and the current status of chemistry and pharmacology. This also contains selected references on each plant, which would enable the readers to go into details by looking into cross references. It will be found useful by research workers in botany, chemistry, and medicine. In addition, it will be also used by teachers, students, as well as laymen, who are interested in herbal medicine. Pharmaceutical houses, specially those engaged in traditional medicine preparations, would find the volume very useful as it will be possible for them not only to recognise genuine plants, but also to organise a collection of genuine plants. One of the significant points of the present volume is a listing of uses of plants in the two main traditional systems, viz. Ayurveda and Unani, which is not found in other books.
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About the author

H.S. Puri

While working in the Composite Drug research Scheme of the Indian Council of Medical research, Dr. H. S. Puri had his doctorate degree from the Punjab University. He had his postdoctoral training in the university of bath (UK). He was also awarded a 'Specialist Grant' by Finland government to conduct research n Indian medicinal plants at the university of Helsinki. He received INSA-Royal Society fellowship to work in the university of Nottingham (UK). He was short-term consultant for UNIDO and FAO and represented India in the Commonwealth seminar on Stadardisation of herbs in Colombo (Sri Lanka). He is Honorary Member of national Institute of medical Herbalist (London) and Consultant, American Herb Association. In addition to about one hundred research papers/articles on herbs/Ayurveda, he has authored the following books: Bharat de daviana vale pode; major Medicinal Plants of India; Neem: The Divine tree, Azadirachta indica; Heilkraft des Neembaum-das Geheimnis der indischen Wunderpflanzen neu entedeckt; Rasayana: Ayuredic Herbs for Longevity and rejuvenation.

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Title Major Medicinal Plants of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length x+585p., Plates; Figures; References; Index; 25cm.