The Constituents of Medicinal Plants
An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine
During recent years, herbal medicine has become an increasingly scientifically based system of healing. Due to demands from both the public and medical establishments, studies leading to the scientific explanation of plant therapeutic capabilities are allowing this practice to gain increasing credibility and acceptance within the medical community. This book provides an introduction to the complex area of plant constituents and the therapeutic activities associated with them.
Introduction to phytochemistry * Phenols * Polyphenols-tannins and flavonoid * Glycosides * Terpenes * Triterpenoids and saponins * Essential oils and resins * Fixed oils and alkamides * Polysaccharides * Alkaloids