1st Edition

Exploring Medicinal Orchids

Edited By Azamal Husen, Manu Pant Copyright 2025
    152 Pages 59 Color & 6 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Orchids are fascinating ornamental flowers having a huge market both as cut flowers and potted plants, but they are also used in the traditional medicine system as they can be rich in phytochemicals with exceptional medicinal properties.  This book, Exploring Medicinal Orchids, is a comprehensive guide for medicinally important orchids, their diversity, and use in traditional and folk medicines.  It presents information on secondary metabolites of medicinally active orchid species, pharmaceutical and medicinal applications, and describes advanced techniques of biotechnology in the conservation of medicinal orchids.



    ·       Dedicated chapters discuss phytochemical constituents and medicinal properties of orchids


    ·       Enriches the understanding of secondary metabolites of medicinal orchids and their pharmaceutical application


    ·       Elaborates the botanical, ethnomedicinal, and pharmacological aspects of various medicinal orchids


    ·       Demonstrates tissue culture systems for the conservation of medicinal orchids


    A volume in the Exploring Medicinal Plants series, this book is a resource for academics, researchers, professors, and students working in the fields of medicinal plants and flowers, biodiversity conservation, herbal medicine, and plant biotechnology.

    1            Introduction to medicinal orchids

    Ayushi Negi, Kritika Chauhan, Himani Adhikari, Azamal Husen, Manu Pant


    2            Conservation of medicinal orchids through Tissue culture

    Prasenjit Paul and Suman Kumaria


    3            Role of post harvest handling in conservation of medicinal orchids

    Manuj Awasthi, Abhishek Chandra and Sunil Malik


    4            Orchids in the traditional system of medicine

    BD Sharma


    5            Medicinal value and other potential uses of Bulbophyllum orchids

    Kiran Bisht, Aarushi Gautam, Manu Pant, Ashish Gaur, Nital Nilesh Chankeshwara, Abhijeet Rathod


    6            Phytochemicals and Therapeutic Importance of Some Coelogyne Lindl. (Orchidaceae): An overview

    S.M. Khasim, J. Ramudu, M. Rahamtulla and Venkatesh Rampilla


    7            Crepidium orchids and their therapeutic potential

    Anuprabha, Vikas Kushwaha


    8            Cypripedium orchids and their utilization in traditional and modern medicine

    Anuprabha, Vikas Kushwaha, Anamika Kumari, Promila Pathak


    9            Medicinal and therapeutic uses of Dendrobium orchids

    T. Yatung., Kalkame Ch. Momin, V. Bhargav., Pooja Murthy, S., Usha Bharathi, T


    10          Medicinal orchids of genus Habenaria

    Noyal Tino Ammini, Gopalakrishnan Aazhivaendhan, Chinnaiyan Rajasekar, Govindarajan Siva, Thiruppathi Senthil Kumar, Mariappan Muthukumar


    11          Curative and restorative properties of Luisia orchids

    Pawan Singh Rana


    12          The significance and utilization of Pholidota orchids in medicinal preparations

    Mukti Ram Poudeyal, Khageshwari Saud, Mukti Ram Paudel, Uday Kumar Singh


    Azamal Husen is a Professor at Sankalchand Patel University, Visnagar, India; and Adjunct Professor at Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. He is also working as a Visiting Professor at University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia; and acting as a Foreign Delegate at Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita, Ethiopia. Previously, he served as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology, University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He also worked as a Visiting Faculty of the Forest Research Institute and the Doon College of Agriculture and Forest at Dehra Dun, India. His research and teaching experience of 25 years encompasses biogenic nanomaterial fabrication and application; plant responses to nanomaterials; plant adaptation to harsh environments at the physiological, biochemical, and molecular levels; herbal medicine; and clonal propagation for improvement of tree species. He has conducted research sponsored by the World Bank, the National Agricultural Technology Project, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research, the Indian Council of Forest Research Education, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Husen has published extensively (~300) and served on the Editorial Board and as reviewer of reputed journals published by Elsevier, Frontiers Media, Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature, RSC, Oxford University Press, Sciendo, the Royal Society, CSIRO, PLOS, MDPI, John Wiley & Sons, and UPM Journals. He is on the advisory board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. He is a fellow of the Plantae group of the American Society of Plant Biologists, and a member of the International Society of Root Research, Asian Council of Science Editors, and International Natural Product Sciences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Plant Physiology, and a Series Editor of Exploring Medicinal Plants (Taylor & Francis Group, USA); Plant Biology, Sustainability, and Climate Change (Elsevier, USA); and Smart Nanomaterials Technology (Springer Nature, Singapore). He has been achieved the distinguished honour of being recognized as one of the “World’s Top 2% Scientists” for the year 2022, and again for the 2023 by Stanford University, USA. This recognition has also been prominently featured in the Elsevier Data Repository.

    Manu Pant is currently working as Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Biotechnology at Graphic Era Deemed to be University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. She received her master's degree in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology from Banasthali Vidyapith in Rajasthan, India, and her doctorate in Biotechnology from HNB Garhwal University (A Central University) in Srinagar, India. She has extensive experience in the field of plant tissue culture, having worked as a research fellow at the Forest Research Institute and the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education on nationally funded projects. Her research work on orchids has been funded by the state governments, earning her recognition and awards at the national level. She has several peer-reviewed international papers to her credit, published patents, and delivered numerous oral and poster presentations, keynote addresses, and invited talks at national and international scientific events. Pant has conducted many national and international conferences, seminars, and trainings related to the thrust areas in plant sciences. She has been supervising PhD, MSc, and BSc students in their research work on different aspects of orchids, medicinal plants, and indigenous crop species. For her work in the field of plant sciences, Pant has received appreciation from State and National level bodies.