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Medicinal Plants of India : A Guide to Ayurvedic and Ethnomedicinal Uses of Plants (3 Vols-Set)

Dinesh Jadhav, Scientific, 2008, 518 p, 2 vols, 54 colour photographs, ISBN : 8172335458, $210.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Medicinal Plants of India : A Guide to Ayurvedic and Ethnomedicinal Uses of Plants (3 Vols-Set)

Contents: Vol. I. Acknowledgements. Preface. Key to transliteration.1. Introduction. 2. Medicinal plants of India: i. Abelmoschus moschatus (L.) Medic. (Malvaceae). ii. Abrus precatorius L. (Papilionaceae). iii. Abutilon indicum (L.) Sweet (Malvaceae). iv. Acacia arabica auct. (Mimosaceae). v. Acacia catechu Willd. (Mimosaceae). vi. Acalypha indica L. (Euphorbiaceae). vii. Achyranthes aspera L. (Amaranthaceae). viii. Adansonia digitata L. (Bombacaceae). ix. Adhatoda Zeylanica Medic. (Acanthaceae). x. Aegle Marmelos (L.) Corr.. ex Roxb. (Rutaceae). xi. Ageratum conyzoides L. (Asteraceae). xii. Ailanthus excelsa Roxb. (Simaroubaceae). xiii. Alangium salvifoluim (L.f.) Wang. (Alangiaceae). xiv. Albizia lebbeck (L.) Willd. (Mimosaceae). xv. Allium cepa L. (Liliaceae). xvi. Allium sativum L. (Liliaceae). xvii. Aloe vera L. (Liliaceae). xviii. Alstonia scholaris R.Br. (Apocynaceae). xix. Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R.Br. ex.DC. (Amaranthaceae). xx. Amaranthus spinosus L. (Amaranthaceae). xxi. Amorphophallus campanulatus (Roxb.) Blume ex Decne (Aracaceae). xxii. Anacardium occidentale L. Anacardiaceae). ....

Vol. II. Preface. Acknowledgements. Key to transliteration. Introduction. Medicinal plants of India: i. Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench. (Malvaceae). ii. Acacia leucophloea (Roxb.) Willd. (Mimosaceae). iii. Acacia sinuata (Lour.) Merr. (Mimosaceae). iv. Aconitum heterophyllum wall, ex Royle (Ranunculaceae). v. Aconitum napellus L. (Ranunculaceae). vi. Acorus calamus L. (Araceae). vii. Adenanthera pavonina L. (Mimosaceae). viii. Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. ex Schultes (Amaranthaceae). ix. Albizia odoratissima (L.f.) Benth. (Mimosaceae). x. Allophylus serratus (Roxb.) Kurz (Sapindaceae).  xi. Alpinia galanga (L.) Willd. (Zingiberaceae). xii. Alstonia venenata R. Br. (Apocynaceae). xiii. Ammania baccifera L. (Lythraceae). xiv. Amomum subulatum Roxb. (Zingiberaceae). xv. Anamirta cocculus (L.) wight and Arn. (Menispermaceae). xvi. Ananas comosus (L.) Merrill (Bromeliaceae). xvii. Anethum graveolens L. (Apiaceae). xviii. Anisomeles malabarica (L.) R. Br. (Lamiaceae). xix. Annona reticulata L. (Annonaceae). xx. Aphanamixis polystachya (wall.) parker (Meliaceae). xxi. Aquilaria agallocha Roxb. (Thymeleaceae). xxii. Arachis hypogaea L. (Papilionaceae). ......

"The book deals with 200 plants species of Angiosperms. For the first time here is a detailed explanation of 200 herbs in complete Ayurvedic perspective, aided with their botanical description, chemical constituents, Ayurvedic medicinal properties, clinical usage and also ethno-medicinal usage. The plants selected in the present book are fairly widely used in India for millennia. This book well helps in generating a global interest in Ayurveda and medicinal plants in India. Salient features of this book are: (i) Species of plants are presented in alphabetical order of their botanical names. (ii) In dealing with each species, after its botanical name, all available synonyms are mentioned. (iii) This is followed by names popularly used in English and in other Indian languages with its distribution. (iv) To help to identify the plant species, the taxonomic description is given. (v) Available information about the chemical constituents of each species is given. (vi) Sanskrit Shlokas from relevant Nighantus describing the Ayurvedic Medicinal properties are first given in Devanagary script followed by its rendering in Roman script using internationally recognized transliteration markings. (vii) This is followed by giving its action and uses according to Ayurvedic therapeutics. (viii) Information about its use in ethnomedicinal practice is given, then.

This book is helpful for ethnobotanists, Ayurvedic medical practitioner, students and researchers as well as other reader's interested in the field of ethno-medicine."

Vol. III: From the Preface: "Medicinal plants belong to the earliest known health care products that have been used by the mankind. In India, the earliest reference to the medicinal value of plants appears in Rigveda, in which a brief reference to the healing property of plants has been made. However, it is in the Ayurveda that definite properties and uses of drugs and drug yielding plants have been discussed. In fact, Ayurvedic medicine had its origin from the works of Ayurveda. The later works of Charak and Susruta, namely Charak - Samhita and Susruta Samhita added invaluable knowledge to the science of medicinal plants. Most of the drug plants are found in the tropics growing in wild condition and are mainly used by herb doctors and Ayurvedic vaidyas, who refer to them as jari-butis. In the modern age with the fast emergence of western modern medicine and synthetic drugs, the importance of plants and herbs started declining as more and more attention was paid to the development of synthetic drugs. However, with these synthetic drug came the problems of side effects and other clinical complications; the reason in the increasing awareness about the limitations of the synthetic drugs. Because of natural herbal drugs are safe and effective; now herbal medicine and natural products are in big demand all over the world. This book is an effort to put together the vast variety of medicinal plants found in India. The plants selected in the present book are fairly widely used in India for millennia. This book well helps in generating a global interest in Ayurveda and medicinal plants in India."

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