WHO Regional Publications Western Pacific Series Series 19

Medicinal Plants in the South Pacific

Information on 102 Commonly Used Medicinal Plants in the South Pacific

December 1998
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    30th December 1998
  • ISBN 9789290611196
  • Language English
  • Pages 271 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 11.75"

Describes the information available, from both traditional medical texts and recent scientific studies, for 102 medicinal plants used in the South Pacific Islands. Plants from this part of the world represent an especially diverse flora and include several species currently undergoing scientific investigation. Common traditional uses include the treatment of minor injuries, childhood ailments, and complications of pregnancy. Plants described in the book are also used as emetics and as ointments and dressings applied to surface wounds or used to treat skin problems.

Addressed to ethnobotanists, phytochemists, and pharmacologists, the book aims to document traditional clinical uses and bring these to the attention of the international scientific community, while also preserving knowledge about the distinctive indigenous practices in these island communities. Full-color photographs are included to facilitate identification of plants and plant parts used for medicinal purposes. Each plant is described according to a common format, which includes information on scientific name, local names, English name, a description of the plant and its habitat and distribution, and a summary of what is known about its chemical constituents, biological activity, and traditional uses.

Close to 500 references to the traditional and scientific literature are included. The book concludes with a detailed index of local names used in these islands.