Medicinal Plants of China, Korea, and Japan: Bioresources for Tomorrow’s Drugs and Cosmetics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Medicinal Plants of China, Korea, and Japan

Bioresources for Tomorrow’s Drugs and Cosmetics, 1st Edition

By Christophe Wiart

CRC Press

454 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 456 B/W Illus.

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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


About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Alternative Medicine
MEDICAL / Dermatology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General