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Medicinal Plants
Bioprospecting and Pharmacognosy

ISBN 9781774638453
Published August 4, 2022 by Apple Academic Press
602 Pages 14 Color & 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With chapters written by scientists from respected institutes and universities around the world, this book looks at the bioprospecting of medicinal plants for potential health uses and at the pharmacognosy of a selection of medicinal and aromatic plants.

The book touches on a diverse selection of topics related to medicinal plants. Chapters look at the use of medicinal plants in healthcare and disease management, such as to treat inflammation, antihyperglycemia, and obesity and as immunity boosters. The authors also address the conservation, maintenance, and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants along with postharvest management issues. A chapter discusses the use of synthetic seeds in relation to cryopreservation, and a chapter is devoted to the use of microcomputed tomography and image processing tools in medicinal and aromatic plants. Other topics include consumption, supply chain, marketing, trade, and future directions of research.

Table of Contents

1. Medicinal Plants: Perspectives and Retrospectives 

D. V. Swami, M. Anitha, M. Chandra Surya Rao, and A. B. Sharangi 

2. Traditional Medicine in Health Care and Disease Management 

Sumana Sarkhel 

3. Herbal Drug Discovery Against Inflammation: From Traditional Wisdom to Modern Therapeutics 

Shalini Dixit, Karuna Shanker, Madhumita Srivastava, Priyanka Maurya, Nupur Srivastava, Jyotshna, and Dyaneshwar U. Bawankule 

4. Foeniculum vulgare Mill: Flavoring, Pharmacological, Phytochemical, and Folklore Aspects 

Navneet Kishore and Akhilesh Kumar Verma 

5. Ocimum basilicum: A Model Medicinal Industrial Crop Enriched with an Array of Bioactive Chemicals 

Sunita Singh Dhawan, Pankhuri Gupta, and Raj Kishori Lal 

6. Syzygium aromaticum, Curcuma longa, and Lavandula: Volatile Components and Antioxidant Activities 

Hiroko F. Kasai 

7. Anti-Hyperglycemic Property of Medicinal Plants 

Karanpreet Singh Bhatia, Arpita Roy, and Navneeta Bhardavaj 

8. Improved Production and Postharvest Technologies in Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng) 

A. C. Jnanesha and Ashish Kumar 

9. Endangered Medicinal Plants of Temperate Regions: Conservation and Maintenance 

Dhiman Mukherjee 

10. Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Threatened Medicinal Plants of North East India 

Kalkame Ch. Momin and N. Surmina Devi 

11. Essential Oils: Clinical Perspectives and Uses 

Jugreet Bibi Sharmeen and Mahomoodally Mohamad Fawzi 

12. Asparagus sp.: Phytochemicals and Marketed Herbal Formulations 

Vikas Bajpai, Pratibha Singh, Preeti Chandra, and Brijesh Kumar 

13. Phytosomes: Preparations, Characterization, and Future Uses 

Palakdeep Kaur and Uttam Kumar Mandal 

14. Synthetic Seeds vis-a-vis Cryopreservation: An Efficient Technique for Long-Term Preservation of Endangered Medicinal Plants 

Md. Nasim Ali and Syandan Sinha Ray 

15. Use of Microcomputed Tomography and Image Processing Tools in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 

Yogini S. Jaiswal, Yanling Xue, Tiqiao Xiao, and Leonard L. Williams 

16. Postharvest Care of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: A Reservoir of Many Health Benefiting Constituents 

Ankan Das and A. B. Sharangi 

17. Prosopis cineraria (Khejri): Ethanopharmacology and Phytochemistry 

Tarun Kumar Upadhyay, Manas Mathur, Rakesh Kumar Prajapat, Sunil Kumar Nagar, Kulveer Singh, Fahad Khan, Pratibha Pandey, and Mohammad Mustufa Khan 

18. Mitigation of Obesity: A Phytotherapeutic Approach 

A. B. Sharangi and Suddhasuchi Das 

19. Ethnomedicinal Plants of North Eastern Himalayan Region of India to Combat Hypertension 

Pintubala Kshetri, K. Tamreihao, Subhra Saikat Roy, Thangjam Surchandra Singh, Susheel Kumar Sharma, and Meraj Alam Ansari 

20. Medicinal Plants: Consumption, Supply Chain, Marketing, and Trade in India 

Debashis Mandal 

21. Potential of Spices as Medicines and Immunity Boosters 

Minoo Divakaran, K. Nirmal Babu, and K. V. Peter 

22. Medicinal Plants: Future Thrust Areas and Research Directions 

K. V. Peter and A. B. Sharangi 

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Amit Baran Sharangi, PhD, is Professor of Horticultural Science and former Head of the Department of Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops in the Faculty of Horticulture at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (Agricultural University), India. He has been teaching for 23 years and was instrumental in the process of coconut improvement, leading to the release of a variety Kalpa Mitra from the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute. He spent time at several laboratories around the world and has published many research papers, conference papers, book chapters, and books. One of his papers was ranked among the top 25 articles by ScienceDirect. Presently he is associated with 50 international and national journals as editor-in-chief, associate editor, regional editor, technical editor, editorial board member, and reviewer. The recipient of several international awards, Dr. Sharangi has delivered invited lectures around the world on herbs and spices.

K. V. Peter, PhD, is the former Vice-Chancellor at Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), India; Director of ICAR–Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut; Director of Research at KAU; and Professor of Horticulture. He is an acknowledged teacher and science manager and is associated with development of biotic stress resistant varieties in chili (Pant-CI, Pant-C2), tomato (Sakthi), and brinjal (Surya) grown throughout the Indian sub-continent. He is the author or editor of many books and is Editor (Horticulture) of Agricultural Research, published by NAAS New Delhi. Dr. Peter has received many awards for his work. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Biological Sciences, International Society of Noni Science, Indian Academy of Horticulture Science, and Confederation of Horticultural Associations of India.