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Recent Progress in Medicinal Plants Vol. 35: Phytoconstituents and Biochemical Processes

J N Govil and Lalit Tiwari, Studium Press India, 2013, 395 p, ISBN : 1933699256, $110.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Recent Progress in Medicinal Plants Vol. 35: Phytoconstituents and Biochemical Processes

Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Impact of Flavonoids on Oxidation Stress -Review. 2. Antioxidant Plants for Dementia Related Disorders. 3. Potential Sources for the Discovery of Novel Wound Healing Remedies from Turkish Traditional Medicinal Plants: An Overview. 4. Development and Application of Molecular Identification Based Systems Biology to Medicinal Plants and Molecular Pharmacognosy in China. 5. Ayurvedic Traditional Medicines for the Management of Asthma: Current Research and Future Directions. 6. Drug Interactions, Toxicities and Safety Issues of Traditional Medicines and Food Supplements. 7. Chemical Diversity and Therapeutic Potential of Ficus hispida Linn. f. – An Overview. 8. Assessment of the Safety and Tolerability of the Aqueous Extract of the Leaves of Alstonia congensis Engl. (Apocynaceae) in Wistar Rats. 9. Antimalarial and Cytotoxic Activities of Extracts from the Seeds of Brucea sumatrana Roxb (Simaroubaceae) Growing in Democratic Republic of Congo. 10. Phytochemical and Biological Activity Studies on the Genus Berberis L.: A Potential Target for Novel Drug Discovery. 11. Comparative Pharmacognostic and Phytochemical Study of Fruit of Sapindus spp. 12. Seasonal variation and Quantitative Analysis of Some Primary and Secondary Biochemicals of Leaves of Solanum nigrum L. (Solanaceae). 13. Pharmacological Effects of Menthol in the Gastrointestinal Diseases in Clinical and Experimental Assays. 14. Use of Botanical Therapies among Patients in Secondary Health Facilities in Southwest Nigeria: Implications for Medical Education. 15. Phytochemical and Anthelmintic Activities of the Stem and Root Extracts of Jatropha podagrica Hook. 16. Comparative Anthelmintic Activities of Methanolic and Aqueous Leaves Extract of Jatropha podagrica Against Two Helminthes. 17. Medicinal Fruits and Seeds: Inventorization and Quality Considerations. 18. Allelopathic Potential of Medicinal Plants: Focus on Aloe, Ajwain and Rohida Tree. Subject Index.

The use of plants as medicines goes back to early man. Certainly the great civilisations of the ancient Chinese, Indians, and North Africans provided written evidence of man's ingenuity in utilising plants for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases. Plants contain some organic compounds which provide definite biochemical action against various diseases on the human body. The curative properties of drugs are due to the presence of complex chemical substances of varied composition (present as secondary plant metabolites) in one or more parts of these plants. Recently many drugs are invented from the plants against various incurable diseases. Based on this phytochemistry, the present volume has been compiled and aims at providing recent data on potential medicinal properties, action and uses of plants to contribute material in the development of new active compound from plants. The volume contributes 18 research and review communications from 40 eminent scientists from 12 countries namely Belgium, Brazil, China, Congo, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Turkey, USA and Vietnam. The volume is divided into 18 chapters. The first chapter emphasized the impact of flavonoids on oxidation stress. The other one emphasized natural products which contribute the wound healing process by several mechanisms and play role to induce regeneration of the injured tissue. Here, Turkish traditional medicinal plants have been summarized for the bioactive wound healing activities. It should also be stated in all fairiness that our knowledge of the genetic and biochemical make-up of most of the medicinal plants is not adequate. Special chapter has been included on Molecular Pharmacognosy. Molecular identification has been applied in traditional medicine which has provided an identification basis at the gene level molecular pharmacognosy based on molecular identification technologies. The plant metabolites from Justicia adhatoda, Tylophora indica, Boswellia serrata, Ficus hispida, Alstonia congensis, Berberis, Sapindus, Solanum nigrum, Mentha piperita, Jatropha podagrica are grouped as alkaloids, glycosides, corticosteroids, essential oils etc. in different chapters. A comprehensive review on the inventorization and quality related aspects of fruits and seeds practiced in various systems of medicines like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani etc. and reviews on the concept of allelopathic of some medicinal plants especially focus on Aloe, Ajwain and Rohida tree are important aspects covered in this volume. This volume will be of interest to a wide range of audience including phytochemist, pharmacologist, microbiologist, pharmaceutical chemistry, ethnobotanist and other medical and research scientists engaged in the search of new drugs of plant origin.

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