Medicinal Plants of The World


Ivan A. Ross


Humana Press Inc.


1st edition




Medicinal plants, chemical constituents, traditional medicine, herbal medicine, integrate traditional medicine


In this extraordinary compendium of information on herbal medicine, this book comprehensively documents the medicinal value of twenty-six major plant species widely used around the world in medicinal formulations. The book’s exhaustive summary of available scientific data for each plant provides detailed information on how the plant is used around in different countries, describing its traditional therapeutic applications and what is known from its use in clinical trials. Additional material presented includes a botanical description of each plant with a color photo of most plants for identification, the common names used for the plant throughout the world and a listing of the plant’s known chemical constituents. A comprehensive bibliography of over 1500 references illuminates the literature available from a wide range of disciplines. It offers an unprecedented collection of vital scientific information for pharmacologist, herbal medicine practitioners, drug developers, phytochemist, toxicologist and researchers who want to explore the use of plant materials for medicinal and related purposes. Its wealth of significant facts will reveal little-known information about these plants open application horizons for the drugs found in these plants. As the first volume of the series, it constitutes a new standard reference in the field one that will serve as an essential tool for integrating traditional herbal use and modern medical practice.