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2nd Edition

The Constituents of Medicinal Plants
An introduction to the chemistry and therapeutics of herbal medicine

ISBN 9781741140521
Published February 1, 2004 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Pengelly's user friendly text will encourage educators in medical science to consider using this material in the complementary medicine/nutraceuticals areas May I congratulate Andrew Pengelly for writing this text as it is going to be very popular with undergraduate students as well as more experienced readers.'

D. Green, London Metropolitan University, UK

This unique book explains in simple terms the commonly occurring chemical constituents of medicinal plants. The major classes of plant constituents such as phenols, terpenes and polysaccharides, are described both in terms of their chemical structures and their pharmacological activities. Identifying specific chemical compounds provides insights into traditional and clinical use of these herbs, as well as potential for adverse reactions.

Features include:

* Over 100 diagrams of chemical structures

* References to original research studies and clinical trials

* References to plants commonly used throughout Europe, North America and Australasia.

Written by an experienced herbal practitioner, The Constituents of Medicinal Plants seriously challenges any suggestion that herbal medicine remains untested and unproven, including as it does hundreds of references to original research studies and trials.

Designed as an undergraduate text, the first edition of this book became an essential desktop reference for health practitioners, lecturers, researchers, producers and anyone with an interest in how medicinal herbs work. This edition has been extensively revised to incorporate up-to-date research and additional sections, including an expanded introduction to plant molecular structures, and is destined to become a classic in the literature of herbal medicine.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction to Phytochemistry

2. Phenols

3. Polyphenols - tannins and flavonoids

4. Glycosides

5. Terpenes

6. Triterpenoids and saponins

7. Essential oils and resins

8. Fixed oils and alkamides

9. Polysaccharides

10. Alkaloids


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Andrew Pengelly BA ND DBM DHom is Lecturer in Herbal Therapies at the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.