This encyclopedic reference work on pharmacognosy covers the study of those natural substances, principally plants, that find a use in medicine. Its popularity and longevity stem from the book's balance between classical (crude and powdered drugs' characterization and examination) and modern (phytochemistry and pharmacology) aspects of this branch of science, as well as the editor's recognition in recent years of the growing importance of complementary medicines, including herbal, homeopathic and aromatherapy.
No other book provides such a wealth of detail.
A reservoir of knowledge in a field where there is a resurgence of interest - plants as a source of drugs are of growing interest both in complementary medicine fields and in the pharmaceutical industry in their search for new 'lead compounds'.
Dr Evans has been associated with the book for over 20 years and is a recognised authority in all parts of the world where pharmacognosy is studied, his knowledge and grasp of the subject matter is unique.
Meticulously referenced and kept up to date by the editor, new contributors brought in to cover new areas.
New to this Edition
New chapter on 'Neuroceuticals'.
Addition of many new compounds recently added to British Pharmacopoeia as a result of European harmonisation.
Considers development in legal control and standardisation of plant materials previously regarded as 'herbal medicines'.
More on the study of safety and efficacy of Chinese and Asian drugs.
Quality control issues updated in line with latest guidelines (BP 2007).
Plants in medicine: the origins of pharmacognosy The scope and practice of pharmacognosy Plant nomenclature and taxonomy
Part 2: The plant and animal kingdoms as sources of drugs
Biological and geographical sources of drugs A taxonomic approach to the study of medicinal plants and animal-derived drugs Pharmacological activities of natural products Synergy and other interactions in phytomedicines Traditional plant medicines as a source of new drugs Discovering new lead compounds in pharmaceutical research and development
Part 3: Principles related to the commercial production, quality and standardization of natural products
Commerce in crude drugs Production of crude drugs Plant growth regulators Plant cell and tissue culture; biological conversions; clonal propagation Phytochemical variation within a species Deterioration of stored drugs Quality control
Part 4: Phytochemistry
General methods associated with the phytochemical investigation of herbal products Basic metabolic pathways and the origin of secondary metabolites
Part 5: Pharmacopoeial and related drugs of biological origin
Introduction Hydrocarbons and derivatives Carbohydrates Phenols and phenolic glycosides Volatile oils and resins Saponins, cardioactive drugs and other steroids Miscellaneous isoprenoids Cyanogenetic glycosides, glucoinolate compounds and miscellaneous glycosides Alkaloids The search for naturally-derived anticancer agents Antiprotozoal natural products An overview of drugs with antihepatotoxic and oral hypoglycaemic activities Antibacterial and antiviral drugs Vitamins and hormones The plant nutraceuticals Colouring and flavouring agents Miscellaneous products
Part 6: Plants in complementary and traditional systems of medicine
Introduction Herbal medicine in Britain and Europe: regulation and practice Asian medicine Chinese herbs in the West Plants in African traditional medicine - some perspectives
Part 7: Nonmedicinal toxic plants and pesticides Hallucinogenic, allergenic, teratogenic and other toxic plants
Pesticides of natural origins
Part 8: Morphological and microscopical examination of drugs
Plant description, morphology and anatomy Cell differentiation and ergastic cell contents Techniques in microscopy
By William Charles Evans, BPharm, BSc, PhD, DSc, FIBiol, FLS, FRPharmS, Formerly Reader in Phytochemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
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"The book is a wealth of multi-disciplinary information, including a synopsis of plant morphology and anatomy, plant taxonomy with notes on the families of flowering plants and their products, commercial plant drug production, ethnopharmacology, and metabolic pathways and secondary metabolites. Here is an essential reference work that also justifies why plants and botany are so vital to human life." Plant Talk, January 2004
"...book has been extensively revised, certain sections rewritten and additional chapters by specialist contributors included, bringing it up to date in the ever advancing field of pharmacognosy. Each section of the book is well presented with current and comprehensive referencing plus relevant illustrations. This bigger and better edition has much to offer those working in the field of phyto-medicine including aromatherapists and educators. It constitutes a 'must have' text." The International Journal of Aromatherapy