Herbal Drugs and Biotechnology

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Pointer Pub., Jan 1, 2004 - Biotechnology - 366 pages
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Herbal Medicine Today Owes Its Existence Much To The Skill And Painstaking Labour Of The Ancient, Traditional Folk Healers Of India And The World, Who Were Pioneers In Discovering The Curative Effects Of Several Herbs, Often At The Risk Of The Lives Of Their Fellowmen. The Slow But Certainly Active Herbal Drugs Have Suffered Badly In Preference To The Fast-Acting Synthetic Drugs Of Modern Medicine. Fortunately, People Are Becoming Conscious Of The Grave Side Effects Of Modern Synthetic Medicines, And Herbs Are Once Again Staging A Dramatic Comeback. This Book Herbal Drugs And Biotechnology Contains 17 Chapters On Different Aspects Of Medicinal Plants Having Biotechnological Approaches. Articles On Traditional Herbal Medicines; Phytochemical And Antimicrobial Studies; Plants Used In Hypercholesterolamina; Having Hypo-Lipidaemic Agents And Anti-Fertility Efficacy And Anti-Cancerous Properties Have Been Dealt With In Detail Covering Recent Findings On The Subject. The Role Of Biotechnology, Using Tissue Culture Studies On Medicinal Plants, Antimicrobial Agents From In Vivo And Tissue Culture Study; Micropropagation And Chemistry Of Plants Have Been Included To Project The Importance Of Biotechnology In This Century. The Chapter On Various Facets Of Standardisation Of Tools For Utilisation Of Medicinal Plants Is The Need Of The Day, Keeping In Mind The Adulteration In The Crude Drug Market. The Chapter On Phytochemicals In Radioprotection Provides Additional Information On The Subject. The Book Also Covers Information On Medicinal Orchids, Exploitation Of Inter-Specific Crosses For Developing Novel Plant And Nematode Diseases Of Medicinal Plants. This Book Provides Adequate Background And Current Information On Herbal Medicines. This Book Will Serve Not Only As An Excellent Reference Material But Also As A Practical Guide For Teachers, Medical Practitioners, Research Workers, Industrialists, Biotechnologists And Workers In The Field Of Medicinal Plants. Photographs On Front Of Jacket From Left To Right: Atropa Bella-Dona, Eugenia Caryophyllata, Crocus Sativus, Preparation Of Herbal Drugs, Catharanthus Roseus And Dna Helix.

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Contents

Phytochemical and Antimicrobial Studies from Paliyan Medicines
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Therapeutic Application of Spirulinajusiformis
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Plant and Plant Products Used as HypolipidaemicAntiatherosclerotic
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