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1st Edition

Medicinal Plants of China, Korea, and Japan
Bioresources for Tomorrow’s Drugs and Cosmetics

ISBN 9781439899113
Published May 11, 2012 by CRC Press
454 Pages 8 Color & 456 B/W Illustrations

USD $220.00

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Book Description

Asian medicinal plants show great promise in pharmaceutical and cosmetological development. Researchers engaged in the discovery of new leads in these areas need robust conceptual tools and understanding of interrelated basics of botany, ethnobotany, biomolecular pharmacology, phytochemistry, and medicinal chemistry to guide their investigations. Medicinal Plants of China, Korea, and Japan: Bioresources for Tomorrow’s Drugs and Cosmetics explores the fundamental science and demonstrates the compelling potential of these versatile plants, providing an essential resource to stimulate and guide focused inquiry.

It is essential that researchers appreciate the chemotaxonomical statuses of these plants, so chapters are arranged according to the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group system of plant taxonomy. The book discusses the history, synonymy, habitat, description, traditional uses, and pharmacochemistry of each plant. Detailed photographs and hand-made botanical plates enable quick and reliable identification of each plant species. Critical analyses of peer-reviewed articles provide the basis for Bioresource sections in each chapter wherein readers are advised, engaged, and guided towards exciting pharmaceutical and cosmetological research proposals. Also included are indexes of botanical terms, pharmacological terms, natural products, and local names.

Detailing 200 medicinal plant species carefully selected for their novelty and pharmacological and cosmetological importance, this volume provides a firm starting point for anyone looking forward to unlocking the potential of Asian medicinal plants. In addition, this invaluable book identifies numerous patentable leads.

Table of Contents

Superorder Austrobaileyanae Doweld ex M.W. Chase & Reveal, 2009
Order Austrobaileyales Takht. ex Reveal, 1992
Family Schisandraceae Blume, 1830, nom. cons., the Schisandra Family
Superorder Magnolianae Takht., 1967
Order Piperales Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Family Saururaceae E.F.Voigt (in L.C.M. Richard, 1811), nom. cons., the Lizard’s-tail Family
Order Laurales Juss. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Family Calycanthaceae Lindl., 1819, nom. cons., the Strawberry Shrub Family
Family Hernandiaceae Blume, 1826, nom. cons., the Hernandia Family
Superorder Lilianae Takht., 1967
Order Commelinales Mirb. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Order Zingiberales Griseb., 1854
Order Poales Small, 1903

Order Asparagales Link, 1829
Order Liliales Perleb, 1826
Order Alismatales R.Br. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820

Superorder Ranunculanae Takht. ex Reveal, 1992
Order Ranunculales Juss. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Family Ranunculaceae Juss., 1789, nom. cons., the Buttercup Family
Family Lardizabalaceae R.Br., 1821, nom. cons., the Lardizabala Family

Superorder Rosanae Takht., 1967
Eurosids I
Order Celastrales Link, 1829
Order Fagales Engl., 1892
Eurosids II
Order Myrtales Juss. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Order Brassicales Bromhead, 1838
Superorder Saxifraganae Reveal, 1994
Order Saxifragales Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Family Haloragaceae R.Br. (in M. Flinders, 1814), nom. cons., the Water Milfoil Family
Superorder Santalanae Thorne ex Reveal, 1992
Order Santalales R.Br. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Family Loranthaceae Juss., 1808, nom. cons., the Showy Mistletoe Family
Superorder Caryophyllanae Takht., 1967
Order Caryophyllales Juss. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Family Caryophyllaceae Juss., 1789, nom. cons., the Pink Family
Family Droseraceae Salisb., 1808, nom. cons., the Sundew Family
Superorder Asteranae Takht., 1967
Order Ericales Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Family Primulaceae Batsch ex. Borkh., 1797, nom. cons., the Primrose Family
Euasterids I
Order Garryales Mart., 1835
Order Gentianales Juss. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Order Lamiales Bromhead, 1838
Order Solanales Juss. ex Bercht. & J.Presl, 1820
Euasterids II
Order Asterales Link, 1829
Order Apiales Nakai, 1930
Order Dipsacales Juss. ex Bercht. & J.Presl., 1820

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Dr. Christophe Wiart has been studying the medicinal plants of China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, and India for the last 16 years. He has collected, identified, and classified several hundred species of medicinal plants and is regarded as the most prominent authority in the field of Asian ethnopharmacology, chemotaxonomy, and ethnobotany. He is based in the School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Nottingham and has authored numerous best-selling reference books on the medicinal plants of Asia.