"This kind of systematic work is exactly what is needed for people to help bridge traditional Ayurvedic practice with modern science."
—Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel laureate, current president of the Royal Society and group leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, UK
Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeial Plant Drugs: Expanded Therapeutics is the first review of all the therapeutic sections of 456 plant drugs in the first six volumes of the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India. It covers pharmacognosy of classical Ayurvedic herbs, their chemical constituents, therapeutic uses, and doses on the basis of contemporary scientific literature.
The book reviews the classical attributes, compounds, and textual references of Ayurvedic plant drugs and updates the pharmacopoeial attributes of Ayurvedic herbs and formulations to make them more industry-oriented and facilitate their implementation.
Sanskrit terminology has been converted into English equivalents, and botanical names assigned to Ayurvedic herbs in the text have been reviewed in historical as well as contemporary contexts. This will assist those who are not conversant with Sanskrit or have found multiple names of the same herb in Ayurvedic reference works and in different regions of India.
With these salient features, this book provides an added scientific edge to the new generation of Ayurvedic students, faculty members, researchers, and enterprising phytopharmaceutical scientists. In addition, the scientific temper of this resource will help unravel many of the intricacies of classical Ayurveda.
C. P. Khare is the founder and president of the Society for New Age Herbals, a forum for promoting evidence-based herbal medicine, in New Delhi, India. He has been an herbalist, herbal drug consultant, and herbal historian for more than sixty years. C. P. Khare was born into a family of traditional herbal physicians. He studied the original Ayurvedic texts in Sanskrit and Unani in Urdu and acquired firsthand knowledge of the cultivation and processing of herbs and their usage before going to college. His reference works find a prominent place in prestigious universities, teaching institutions, and libraries across the world.
"This book is an excellent reminder of the importance of Ayurvedic herbs and is an indispensable reference for any serious student of herbal medicine, regardless of tradition."
—Paul Joseph Ratte, Doody’s Book Reviews
"I don't remember to have seen a better documentation which could position Indian Ayurvedic medicines into getting recognized in the International usages… I highly recommend the use of this book…"
—Prof. Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, Society for New Age Herbals