Traditional Medicinal Plants and Malaria (Google eBook)

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Merlin Willcox, Gerard Bodeker, Philippe Rasoanaivo, Jonathan Addae-Kyereme
CRC Press, Jun 28, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 464 pages
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Malaria is an increasing worldwide threat, with more than three hundred million infections and one million deaths every year. The world’s poorest are the worst affected, and many treat themselves with traditional herbal medicines. These are often more available and affordable, and sometimes are perceived as more effective than conventional antimalarial drugs.

The first book to be published on this subject, Traditional Medicinal Plants and Malaria explores the evidence for the safety and efficacy of some of these traditional medicines, and presents practical guidelines for designing studies on traditional plant-based antimalarial medicines, mosquito repellents, and insecticides. Systematic reviews of the literature and consensus guidelines form the main body of the book. Ethnomedical, ethnobotanical, pharmacological, phytochemical, toxicological, and clinical aspects of herbal antimalarials are also reviewed. These are supplemented by case studies of the most well-known traditional antimalarials.

  

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This is a kind of book I was looking for. Since I am a researcher working on antimalarial agents the book is of immense value to me. In fact i would like to write a review on the book if given an opportunity. The book provides knowledge about indigenous plants, clinical importance and development of anti-malarial drugs from them. Its a complete package. 

Contents

1 Malaria Control in Africa and the Role of Traditional Medicine
2
Part 2 Case Studies of PlantBased Medicines for Malaria
21
2 Cinchona
22
3 Artemisia annua as a Traditional Herbal Antimalarial
48
Lessons for Research from a Forgotten Tale
69
5 Ayush64
94
6 Neem Azadirachta indica
103
Development of an Antimalarial Phytomedicine in Mali
134
15 Pharmacological Properties of the Active Constituents of Some Traditional Herbal Antimalarials
265
16 Guidelines for the Nonclinical Evaluation of the Efficacy of Traditional Antimalarials
292
17 Models for Studying the Effects of Herbal Antimalarials at Different Stages of the Plasmodium Life Cycle
310
18 Guidelines for the Preclinical Evaluation of the Safety of Traditional Herbal Antimalarials
321
Part 5 Clinical Research
340
19 An Overview of Clinical Studies on Traditional Herbal Antimalarials
341
20 Observational Methods for Assessing Traditional Antimalarials
357
21 Guidelines for Clinical Studies on Herbal Antimalarials
368

8 Cryptolepis sanguinolenta
151
A Case Study of a Chemosensitising Medicinal Plant
162
Part 3 Ethnomedical Research
185
An Overview of the Literature
186
11 An Overview of Ethnobotanical Studies on Plants Used for the Treatment of Malaria
217
12 The Discovery of Indigenous Febrifuges in the British East Indies c 17001820
231
13 The Ayurvedic Perspective on Malaria
237
14 Guidelines for Ethnobotanical Studies on Traditional Antimalarials
248
Part 4 Laboratory Research
264
Part 6 Repellence and Vector Control
392
22 An Overview of Plants Used as Insect Repellents
393
23 Guidelines for Studies on PlantBased Insect Repellents
418
24 An Overview of Plants Used for Malaria Vector Control
430
25 Guidelines for Studies on PlantBased Vector Control Agents
447
Prospects for the Future
472
Glossary of Technical Terms and Abbreviations
478
Index
480
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