A comprehensive overview of this genus, Artemisia examines all aspects of the herbs uses and applications, its mode of action and clinical importance. Following a comprehensive introduction to the genus, the book discusses the botanical, phytochemical and biological aspects of a number of important species of Artemisis. Considering that the discovery of artemisinin, a highly active antimalarial agent from the Chinese herb A. annua is of considerable importance, this volume devotes several chapters to the traditional uses, cultivation and phytochemistry of this species and to the development of artemisinin-derived antimalarial agents, their mode of action and clinical use.
Introduction to the Genus. Analysis and Quality Control of Commercial Artemisia Species. Artemisia absinthium. Artemisia dracunculus. Artemisia herba-alba. Ethnobotany, Phytochemistry and Biological/Pharmacological Activities of Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. Mexicana (Estafiate). Artemisia pallens. Artemisia vulgaris. Artemisia Species in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Discovery of Artemisinin. Cultivation of Artemisia annua L. Variation and Heritability of Artemisinin Content in Artemisia annua L. Phytochemistry of Artemisia annua and the Development of Artemisinin-Derived Antimalarial Agents. The Mode of Action of Artemisinin and its Derivatives. The Clinical Use of Artemisinin and its Derivatives in the Treatment of Malaria. Regulation of the Quality and Use of Artemisinin and its Derivatives.