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Echinacea
The genus Echinacea




ISBN 9780415288286
Published April 27, 2004 by CRC Press
296 Pages - 74 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Echinacea has emerged from the realm of folklore medicine and into the territory of valued and potentially fundamental therapy. While an understanding of the promising medicinal applications of Echinacea is important, knowledge of the herb's chemistry, cultivation, and analytical profiles is equally as significant.

Echinacea: The genus Echinacea examines every element of the popular herb. Several chapters in this volume deal with the taxonomy, genetics, international culture methods, and chemistry of Echinacea, while other sections focus on the analytical evaluation of the various plant parts, such as the roots, stems, leaves, and flowers. The text explains how the plant is cultivated and describes the locations where it is most abundant. It presents different species of Echinacea that are medically important, and then identifies the chemically active ingredients that give Echinacea its strong pharmaceutical and therapeutic value. The book also includes a discussion of proper medicinal and veterinary uses, as well as guidance on when this remedy should not be used.

With comprehensive analysis of this popular herb, this timely book bridges the gap between the abundant molecular cataloguings of the phytochemicals present in genus Echinacea, and the functional potential of this plant. It will be a valuable resource for anyone involved in the fields of plant science, natural products chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and naturopathy.

Table of Contents

THE GENUS ECHINACEA: TAXONOMY AND GENETICS
Taxonomic History and Revision of the Genus Echinacea, S.E. Binns, J.T. Arnason, and B.R. Baum
A Review of Preliminary Echinacea Genetics and the Future Potential of Genomics, K.A. McKeown

CULTIVATION OF GENUS ECHINACEA
In Vitro Culture of Echinacea Species, P.S. Coker and N.D. Camper
Cultivation in Europe, B. Galambosi

THE CHEMISTRY OF GENUS ECHINACEA
Phytochemistry of the Genus Echinacea, J.B. Harborne and C.A. Williams
The Chemistry of Antioxidant Constituents of Echinacea, C. Hu, D.D. Kitts, and J. Zawistowski

ANALYTICAL EVALUATION IN GENUS ECHINACEA
Analytical Profiles of Echinacea Species, P. Pietta, P. Mauri, and N. Fuzzati
Factors Affecting Echinacea Quality: Agronomy and Processing, N.B. Perry, R.B.H. Willis, and D.L. Stuart
Popularity, Diversity and Quality of Echinacea, H. Yu and K. Matti

IN VIVO AND IN VITRO EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE FOR
THE IMMUNO-ENHANCING ACTIVITY OF ECHINACEA SPECIES
Echinacea In Vivo: A Prophylactic Agent in Normal Mice and a Therapeutic Agent in Leukemic Mice, S.C. Miller
Effect of Echinacea on Cells Involved in Disease Defense, H. Sestakova and B. Turek
In Vivo Immunopharmacology of Echinacea, J.A. Rininger, K, Ringer, and M. Savarese
Bioassays of Echinacea Extracts and Commercial Products, P. S. Coker and N.D. Camper

CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE MEDICINAL USE OF ECHINACEA SPECIES PRODUCTS: POSITIVE EFFECTS AND CONTRADICTIONS
Echinacea: Quality, Uses and Immunomodulating Activity from a Phytotherapist's Perspective, K. Bone
The Use of Echinacea in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Critical Review, M. Sarkar and G. Koren
Two Immunoenhancers Are Not Better Than One, S.C. Miller
Adverse Reactions Associated With Echinacea and Other Asteraceae, R.J. Mullins and R. Heddle
The Efficacy of Echinacea Tea, E.B. Lindenmuth and G.F. Lindenmuth

THE USE OF ECHINACEA PRODUCTS IN VETERINARY PRACTICE
Veterinary Applications of Echinacea Species: Research in Horses, Cattle, Poultry, and Swine, W. O'Neill

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Miller\, Sandra Carol; Yu\, He-ci