For over 2000 years, preparations of chamomile flowers have counted among the medicinal treasures of many cultural groups. This book provides an interdisciplinary inventory of the scientific level of knowledge about German chamomile as well as Roman chamomile, the two types of chamomile most produced. It includes information for pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry about chamomile preparations and essential chamomile oil. Physicians and toxicologists will find detailed descriptions of the latest experimental studies and the use of chamomile preparations in traditional and therapeutic uses. It also includes the latest information of use to growers and pharmaceutical entrepreneurs.
Introduction. Legal Situation of German Chamomile. Plant Sources. Active Chemical Constituents of Matricaria Chamomilla L. Syn. Chamomilla Recutita (L.) Rauschert. Cultivation. Abiotic and Biotic Stress Affecting the Common Chamomile. Raw Plant Material and Postharvest Technology. Processing of Raw Material. Storage of the Dry Drug. Chemical Analysis of the Active Principles of Chamomile. Pharmacology and Toxicology. Traditional Use and Therapeutic Indications.