Artemisia annua is a well-known medicinal plant that has been utilized for a number of purposes, including malaria, for centuries. This is the first comprehensive book to cover the importance of Artemisia annua in the global health crisis and in the treatment against diseases.
A component and extract, artemisinin, is the source of other derivatives which are also suitable for pharmaceutical use. The present demand for artemisinin far outpaces its supply. Researchers are working globally towards improving artemisinin content in the plant by various means. Artemisia annua: Prospects, Applications and Therapeutic Uses highlights the different approaches, including ‘omics', that are being used in current research on this immensely important medicinal plant.
Providing comprehensive coverage of the agricultural and pharmaceutical uses of this plant, Artemisia annua will be essential reading for botanists, plant scientists, herbalists, pharmacognosists, pharmacologists and natural product chemists.
Table of Contents
The polypharmacy of qinghao formulae, 168 BCE to 1911. Relevance of Artemisia annua to the global health crisis. Use of Artemisia annua L. in the treatment against diseases - An update. Indian Artemisia annua: its multidimensional role in holistic health. Recent advances and developments in the use of Artemisia annua for agricultural and pharmaceutical purposes. An overview of Artemisinin production from Artemisis Annua: approaches and recent advances. Bioactive compounds of Artemisia annua as anti-inflammatory agents. Recent approaches and progress in the study of therapeutics of Artemisia annua. Therapeutic Potential of Artemisia annua L. (Qinghao). Impact of integrated omics technologies for identification of key genes and enhanced approaches for production of antimalarial drug artemisinin in Artemisia annua L. plants. Transcriptomic resources for Artemisia annua. Use of nanocarriers to enhance artemisinin activity. Oral Delivery of artemisinin plant-fungal interaction for improved bio-production of artemisinin. In situ cultivation of Artemisia annua. Cultivation and utilization of Artemisia annua in Africa.
"This book summarises several aspects of current research into Artemisia annua, the source of a compound that has proved very effective in treating certain types of malaria. Although the various contributions are quite wide ranging, the focus tends to be on artemisinin production and the improvements in yield that are possible using modern biotechnology. [...] Artemisia annua is only one of a large number of plants used in Chinese traditional medicine that deserve to be researched in detail. This book will strengthen the case for such work."
-John Edmondson, © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018