Handbook of African Medicinal Plants

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Handbook of African Medicinal Plants provides a comprehensive review of over 1,000 species of plants employed in indigenous African medicine. It gives a concise description of the materia medica of an enormous and extensively varied continent, with well over 2,000 distinct tribes and several distinct floras. A detailed pharmacognostical profile of the major herbs is presented, including the common name, synonyms, African names, habitat and distribution, medicinal uses, chemical constituents, and published pharmacologic activity. This extensive catalog of plants is presented both in alphabetic order and according to family. References are cited from over 600 publications, and photographs and sketches illustrate many of the plants.
The book also provides an introduction to African cosmology and beliefs as they relate to healing and the use of herbs. Handbook of African Medicinal Plants is an invaluable, practical desk reference that should be on the bookshelf of every pharmacognosist, ethnobiologist, botanist, ecologist, phytochemist, pharmacologist, and scientist interested in tropical plant utilization as a tool for the conservation of biodiversity and as a source of new drug leads.
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ISBN-13: 9781466571976
ISBN-10: 1466571977
Pagini: 476
Ilustrații: 94 colour illustrations, 7 black & white tables
Dimensiuni: 183 x 257 x 23 mm
Greutate: 1.37 kg
Ediția: Revizuită
Editura: CRC Press


Introduction Background Historical Perspective Current Topics Catalog of Major African Medicinal Plants (Alphabetical listing) Pharmacognostical Profile of Selected Medicinal Plants (Alphabetical listing) Healing and the African Culture Introduction Healing, a Gift of the Spirit The Restless Spirits Spirit Possession Symbols and Artifacts in African Ethnomedicine Incantations and the Magic Power of the Word Taboo and Totems The African Medicine Man Training of Traditional Healers Types of Traditional Healers Trephination or Craniotomy The Specialist Medicinal Plants and Traditional Healing Methods Diagnosis Malaria Arthritis and Inflammatory Disorders Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS Gastrointestinal Disorders Snakebites Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Diseases Convulsions and Epilepsy Helminthic Infestation Coughs Abortion Sterility Medicines Diabetes Skin Diseases and Cutaneous Infections Arrow and Ordeal Poisons Adaptogens Index of Species, Genera, and Families Subject Index

Notă biografică

Maurice M. Iwu (M. Pharm., Ph.D. Bradford) was a professor of pharmacognosy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a senior research associate at the Division of Experimental Therapeutics of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of the Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme (BDCP), the International Centre for Ethnomedicine and Drug Development (InterCEDD), and Intercedd Health Products. He is a member of the board of directors of Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals (Formerly Pfizer Nigeria). He has been Visiting Scholar to the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, University of Oxford (1980), Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio and the Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York(1983);Senior Research Scholar Award, U.S. National Research Council, Washington D.C.(1993 - 1995) and the Richard Schultes International Prize for Ethnobiology(1999). He was awarded the Doctor of Letters (Honoraris Causa) of the Imo State University (2009).