Herbal Medicine in India: Indigenous Knowledge, Practice, Innovation and its Value

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Saikat Sen, Raja Chakraborty
Springer Nature, Sep 10, 2019 - Medical - 620 pages
This book highlights the medical importance of and increasing global interest in herbal medicines, herbal health products, herbal pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, food supplements, herbal cosmetics, etc. It also addresses various issues that are hampering the advancement of Indian herbal medicine around the globe; these include quality concerns and quality control, pharmacovigilance, scientific investigation and validation, IPR and biopiracy, and the challenge that various indigenous systems of medicine are at risk of being lost. The book also explores the role of traditional medicine in providing new functional leads and modern approaches that can offer elegant strategies for facilitating the drug discovery process.

The book also provides in-depth information on various traditional medicinal systems in India and discusses their medical importance. India has a very long history of safely using many herbal drugs. Folk medicine is also a key source of medical knowledge and plays a vital role in maintaining health in rural and remote areas. Despite its importance, this form of medicine largely remains under-investigated.

Out of all the traditional medicinal systems used worldwide, Indian traditional medicine holds a unique position, as it has continued to deliver healthcare throughout the Asian subcontinent since ancient times. In addition, traditional medicine has been used to derive advanced techniques and investigate many modern drugs.

Given the scope of its coverage, the book offers a valuable resource for scientists and researchers exploring traditional and herbal medicine, as well as graduate students in courses on traditional medicine, herbal medicine and pharmacy.


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Dr. Saikat Sen is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University, Guwahati, India. Dr. Sen received his B.Pharm degree from JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty; hisM. Pharm (Pharmacology) degree from the College of Pharmacy, Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Coimbatore; and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. He has authored two books and contributed different peer-reviewed edited books published by American Chemical Society (USA), Springer Publishers and Studium Press LLC, Academic Press etc. More than 60 research and review articles in reputed national/international journals were added to his credit. He presented several scientific papers, attended a number of national and international conferences and delivered invitee lecture in different scientific forum. Dr. Sen is is associated with different professional bodies and journals as Life member/ Fellow member/ Scientific Advisor/ Editorial Board member/ Advisor Board Member/ Reviewer. His bibliography published by Marquis Who's Who in The World 2016. Dr. Sen has devoted many years of research into traditional medicine, mainly focusing on herbal medicine. In recognition of his contributions, he received the “Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Young Scientists – 2018” from Marina Labs, Chennai and the “Best Faculty Award” from The Science & Technology Awards (STA-18) in 2018, as well as an award from the Journal of Forestry Research in collaboration with the Government of China to continue his research in herbal medicine. Currently he is also working as PI in a DBT-sponsored mega-networking project on herbal medicine. He is involved enthusiastically in scientific research on traditional/folk medicinal system and to develop active research culture.

Dr. Raja Chakraborty is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Assam down town University, Guwahati, India. He has received his B.Pharm from JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty; M. Pharm in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from College of Pharmacy, SRIPMS, Coimbatore affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences) from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur, India in 2014. With 11 years of academic and research experience, he has published more than 60 research and review articles in reputed national and international journals. He authored two books and also contributed nine book chapters published by ACS publication, Studium Press, Academic press, Abhijeet Publications, IGI Global, Write & Print Publications and Springer publication. He serves as a reviewer for several reputed journals and working as Editorial board member for different international journals. Recently he received “Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Teaching Excellence – 2018” He is guiding a number of Ph.D students and serving as Co-PI in a DBT-funded mega-project. He wants to contribute his research hand in the field of natural chemistry in respect to traditional knowledge aimed to serve a beneficiary and economic health care.

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