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1st Edition

Ethnopharmacology of Wild Plants

ISBN 9780367512026
Published February 12, 2021 by CRC Press
426 Pages 9 Color & 123 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The book provides valuable information on wild plants and their ethnopharmacological properties, discussion on ethnobotany, phytotherapy, diversity, chemical and pharmacological properties including antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiprotozal properties. The chapters include a wide range of case studies, giving updated evidence on importance of wild plant resources from different countries including Nepal, India, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Peru, etc. In addition, some specific species are used to explain their potential properties. Discussing traditional usage and pharmacological properties of wild plants, this book is entirely different from other related publications and useful for the researchers working in the areas of conservation biology, botany, ethnobiology, ethnopharmacology, policy making, etc.

Table of Contents


An Introduction to the Ethnopharmacology of Wild Plants

Shandesh Bhattarai, Christiane Mendes Feitosa and Mahendra Rai

Ethno-Pharmacological Relevance/Features of Some Latin American Wild Medicinal Plants

Amner Muñoz-Acevedo, María González, Alma Polo, Marta Cervantes-Díaz, Ricardo D.D.G. de Alburquerque, Esther Flores, Alberto Giménez-Turba, María E. Cazar, Chabaco Armijos, Omar Malagón-Avilés, Feliza Ramón-Farias, Leticia Cano-Asseleih, Elsa Rengifo and Gabriel Vargas

Ethnopharmacology of Wild Plants Used in Diabetes

Patricia Landazuri, Nelsy Loango Chamorro and Beatriz Restrepo Cortes

Ethnopharmacology of Wild Plants from the Tropical Mountains of Northern Peru

Fidel A. Torres-Guevara, Mayar L. Ganoza-Yupanqui, Luz A. Suárez-Rebaza, Gonzalo R. Malca-García and Rainer W. Bussmann

Ethnopharmacology of the Genus Pilocarpus

Ronaldo dos Santos Sousa Junior, Mahendra Rai, Chistiane Mendes Feitosa, Leiz Maria Costa Veras and Pedro Vitor Oliveira S. Furtado

Antifungal Activity Validation of Wild Plants used in Argentine Ethnomedicine: A Revision of Polygonum

Norma Hortensia Álvarez, Laura Noemí Fernandez, Gisela Marisol Seimandi, María Inés Stegmayer, Verónica Eugenia Ruiz and Marcos Gabriel Derita

Antiprotozoal Effects of Wild Plants

Muhammad Subbayyal Akram, Rao Zahid Abbas and José L Martinez

Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Wild Medicinal Plants of Piauí State-Brazil

Valdiléia Teixeira Uchôa, Mahendra Rai, Gilmânia Francisca Sousa Carvalho, Herbert Gonzaga Sousa, Patrícia e Silva Alves, Renata da Silva Carneiro, Ariane Maria da Silva Santos Nascimento, Felipe Pereira da Silva Santos and Gabriel e Silva Sales

Eichhornia crassipes: Shedding Light on its Chemical Composition, Biological Activities and Industrial Uses

Fadia S. Youssef, Noor H. Aysa and Mohamed L. Ashour


Distribution and Use (Ethnobotany and Trade) of Bergenia Ciliata (Haw.) Sternb. in Nepal

Munesh R. Gubhaju and Ripu M. Kunwar

Cenostigma pyramidale: Ethnomedicinal Properties and Perspectives on A Legume Tree Highly Adapted to Semiarid ‘Caatinga’ Region

Livia Maria Batista Vilela, Carlos André dos Santos Silva, Ricardo Salas Roldan Filho, Silvany de Sousa Araújo, José Ribamar Ferreira-Neto, Wilson Dias de Oliveira, Lidiane Lindinalva Barbosa Amorim, Valesca Pandolfi and Ana Maria Benko-Iseppon

Traditional Uses, Phytochemicals and Pharmacological Properties of Chenopodium ambrosioides L. (Dysphania ambrosioides) L. Mosyakin & Clemants

Sabrina Baleixo da Silva, Jhonatas Rodrigues Barbosa, Luiza Helena da Silva Martins, Mahendra Rai and Alessandra Santos Lopes

Apiaceae Plants Growing in the East: Centuries of Healing Traditions and Culture

Sherweit El-Ahmady, Nehal Sabry, Nermeen Farag and Sara Gabr

Ritualistic and Medicinal Plants from Marajo-PA Island

Paulo Wender Portal Gomes, Luiza Helena da Silva Martins, Paulo Weslem Portal Gomes, Emilli Roberta Sousa Pereira, Abraão de Jesus Barbosa Muribeca, Andrea Komesu and Mahendra Rai

Ameliorating Insulin Signalling Pathway by Phytotherapy: A Review

Deegendra Khadka

Croton zehntneri: Essential Oils and Inclusion Complex

Lorenna Fonseca, Mahendra Rai and Sidney Gonçalo de Lima

Emerging Medicinal Values of Kiwifruit (Actinidia Lindl.): A Review

Mira Dhakal and Shandesh Bhattarai

Rhubarb: The King of Herbs

Gan B. Bajracharya and Richa K. Gupta

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Dr. Mahendra Rai is a Senior Professor and UGC-Basic Science Research Faculty at the Department of Biotechnology, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Maharashtra, India. He was a visiting scientist at the University of Geneva, Debrecen University, Hungary; University of Campinas, Brazil; Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland; VSB Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, and National University of Rosario, Argentina. He has published more than 400 research papers in national and international journals. In addition, he has edited/authored more than 55 books and 6 patents.

Dr. Shandesh Bhattarai is a Senior Scientific Officer at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal. He worked in the collaborative research projects funded by NUFU-Norway, VW Foundation-Germany, Darwin Initiative-UK, DFID-UK, IUCN-Bangkok, UGC-Nepal, etc. He is a coordinator of the Flora of Nepal Project, an international initiative of the institutions of Nepal, UK, and Japan. He has published more than 35 research papers in national and international journals and has authored one book.

Dr. Chistiane M. Feitosa is a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Piaui, Teresina-Piaui, Brazil. Her research area includes natural products with the potential for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. She has published more than 50 research papers in national and international journals. In addition, she has edited/authored more than 10 books/chapters and 5 patents.