Healing Plants of Peninsular India

June 2001
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    4th June 2001
  • ISBN 9780851995014
  • Language English
  • Pages 944 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
  • Images color illus

There is considerable and growing interest in the Western World in medicinal plants and herbal drugs. In fact there is increasing debate to bring these products under legislative control in line with synthetic drugs. The Indian subcontinent is the source of many plants of medicinal importance.

This book provides botanical descriptions and information on the medicinal properties of 545 plant species from central and southern India, many of which are also found elsewhere in the world. Scientific and common names (in 14 languages) are provided for each species, and they are superbly illustrated with high quality color photographs.

Main Themes: Uses of Indian plants in traditional medicine (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, folk and tribal medicine), Botanical descriptions, local common names, geographical ranges and habitat information on Indian medicinal plants.

"While this book will be valuable for researchers working in botany, ecology, medicine and pharmacology, it will also be highly attractive to a broad general public and particularly to naturalists both within and outside India. There is a pleasing mixture of detailed botanical description with more general consideration of the plant, its habitat and uses. Dr. Parrotta should be congratulated on this significant contribution to the scientific literature about the species covered and this major addition to the arguments for the wise conservation and use of our natural resources."

Professor J. Burley - , President, International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO)

"Overall, this book is an impressive compilation of information on Indian medicinal plants."

- Southern African Society for Horticultural Sciences

"In this timely book, Dr. John Parrotta has brought together valuable information on the medicinal plant species of peninsular India, used in the indigenous systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. He has compiled information on 545 species of plants used in traditional medical practices, based on the best available published data. The information, coupled with photographs, is user friendly and will help to promote widespread interest and understanding of these unique gifts of nature."

M.S. Swaminathan - , UNESCO Chair in Ecotechnology, Chennai, India