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Prime Ayurvedic Plant Drugs : A Modern Scientific Appraisal

Sukh Dev, Ane Books, 2011, Second Edition, xxxii, 784 p, ISBN : 9380618180, $165.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Prime Ayurvedic Plant Drugs

Contents: Section I: General Introduction. Section II: Monographs. 1. Abies spectabilis. 2. Acacia catechu. 3. Achyranthes aspera. 4. Acorus calamus. 5. Adhatoda zeylanica. 6. Aegle marmelos. 7. Aloe vera. 8. Alpinia galanga. 9. Alstonia scholaris. 10. Andrographis paniculata. 11. Argyreia nervosa. 12. Asparagus adscendens. 13. Asparagus racemosus. 14. Azadirachta indica. 15. Bacopa monnieri. 16. Barleria prionitis. 17. Benincasa hispida. 18. Berberis aristata. 19. Bergenia ciliata. 20. Boerhavia diffusa. 21. Bombax ceiba. 22. Boswellia serrata. 23. Butea monosperma. 24. Caesalpinia bonduc. 25. Calotropis procera. 26. Cannabis sativa. 27. Carum carvi. 28. Cassia absus. 29. Cassia angustifolia. 30. Cassia fistula. 31. Cassia tora. 32. Cedrus deodara. 33. Celastrus paniculatus. 34. Centella asiatica. 35. Cissus quadrangularis. 36. Clitoria ternatea. 37. Coccinia grandis. 38. Commiphora wightii. 39. Convolvulus microphyllus. 40. Costus speciosus. 41. Crataeva nurvala. 42. Crocus sativus. 43. Cuminum cyminum. 44. Curculigo orchioides. 45. Curcuma longa. 46. Curcuma zedoaria. 47. Cyperus rotundus. 48. Desmodium gangeticum. 49. Eclipta alba. 50. Embelia ribes. 51. Emblica officinalis. 52. Eugenia jambolana. 53. Ficus bengalensis. 54. Fumaria indica. 55. Garcinia morella. 56. Glycyrrhiza glabra. 57. Gymnema sylvestre. 58. Hedychium spicatum. 59. Hemidesmus indicus. 60. Holarrhena antidysenterica. 61. Hygrophila auriculata. 62. Inula racemosa. 63. Lawsonia inermis. 64. Leptadenia reticulata. 65. Leucas aspera. 66. Litsea glutinosa. 67. Mallotus philippensis. 68. Mangifera indica. 69. Momordica charantia. 70. Moringa oleifera. 71. Mucuna pruriens. 72. Nardostachys jatamansi. 73. Nelumbo nucifera. 74. Nigella sativa. 75. Ocimum sanctum. 76. Phyllanthus fraternus. 77. Picrorhiza kurroa. 78. Piper longum. 79. Pluchea lanceolata. 80. Plumbago zeylanica. 81. Psoralea corylifolia. 82. Pterocarpus marsupium. 83. Pueraria tuberosa. 84. Punica granatum. 85. Rauvolfia serpentina. 86. Rubia cordifolia. 87. Salacia prinoides. 88. Santalum album. 89. Saussurea lappa. 90. Semecarpus anacardium. 91. Sida cordifolia. 92. Swertia chirayita. 93. Terminalia arjuna. 94. Terminalia bellirica. 95. Terminalia chebula. 96. Tinospora cordifolia. 97. Tribulus terrestris. 98. Trigonella foenum-graecum. 99. Valeriana jatamansi. 100. Vitex negundo. 101. Withania somnifera. 102. Zingiber officinale. 103. Zingiber zerumbet. Section III: Annexures: 1. Glossary of Botanical Terms. 2. Glossary of Medical and Biochemical Terms. 3. Activity-wise Plant Listing. 4. Plant-wise Activities. Indexes: 1. Botanical Names. 2. Ayurvedic Plant Names. 3. Biologically Active Chemical Compounds.

This book represents an unsurpassed resource in the English language on Indian medicines, the plants that produce them and the currently known organic compounds that occur therein. It is beautifully organized and written in an admirably succinct and clear style. But beyond that, it is visually beautiful because of the outstanding color photographs of each plant and the extreme care that has been taken with the layout, chemical formulae and printing. It is an elegant and esthetically pleasing volume from page one to the end, page 500.

Professor Sukh Dev, one of the giants in Indian chemistry of the twentieth century, deserves much credit for the prodigious effort and high scholarship that went into the creation of this admirable work. He has fused the works of Ayurvedic folk medicine with modern pharmacology, botany and chemistry in a singularly effective way.

I expect that this book will prove to be of value for a long time and that it may sow the seeds for future advances in medicinal science. I am reminded of Professor Sukh Devs last major work, a two-volume opus on the triterpene class of complex naturally occurring organic molecules which towers over every other book in the field, as it will for a long time.

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