9780443071324: Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, 1e

This resource covers the fundamentals of pharmacognosy and phytotherapy for pharmacy students, practicing pharmacists, herbalists, and others with an interest in the medicinal uses of plants.

  • Gives students an overview of all aspects of the field
  • Provides a useful sourcebook for practicing pharmacists
  • Combines therapeutic aspects with natural science and chemistry in one convenient resource
  • Promotes the use of safe and well documented herbal remedies
  • Further reading suggestions will lead students to more in-depth reference works

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Michael Heinrich, Head of Centre for Pharmacognosy & Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London, London, UK; Joanne Barnes, Centre for Pharmacognosy & Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London, London, UK; Simon Gibbons, Centre for Pharmacognosy & Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London, London, UK; and Elizabeth M. Williamson, BSc, PhD, MRPharmS, FLS, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK; Editor-in-chief of Phytotherapy Reserach; Member of the Herbal Drugs Committees for The British Pharmacopoeia and The European Pharmacopoeia

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"This is the first book that I have encountered which combines the compounds and plants found in standard pharmacognosy textbooks, i.e. those used in orthodox Western medicine, with the 'new phytopharmaceuticals' which have become established in Western culture over the last 20 years. The medical establishment in this environment is finally catching up with the practices of the general population and so this book is an excellent choice for those who wish to investigate which of the many plants available have some scientific credence.
I shall be adding this book to the Essential Reading list for all of the undergraduate students on our pharmacy degree course and would encourage all those involved in teaching pharmacy students to do the same." P.J. Houghton, Department of Pharmacy, King's College London, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, November 2003
the title suggests, the book is divided into two main parts. Part A, which is titled "Fundamentals of pharmacognosy", begins with a brief but informative overview of the basic principles of phytotherapy and pharmacognosy. Drawing on their wealth of experience and knowledge in this field, the authors, who are without doubt among the finest minds in pharmacognosy today, provide useful and fascinating insights into the history, botany, chemistry, phytotherapy and importance of medicinal plants in some of today's health care systems.
This is a landmark textbook, which carefully brings together relevant data from numerous sources and provides in an authoritative and exhaustive manner, cutting edge information that is relevant to pharmacists, pharmacognocists, complementary practitioners, doctors and nurses alike." Senior Lecturer in Herbal Medicine, Middlesex University, The Pharmaceutical Journal, April 2004
educated pharmacists no doubt equate Pharmacognosy with hours spent hunched over a microscope identifying vegetable drugs. Many probably consider it as a subject with little importance in a modern Pharmacy curriculum. How wrong they are! ... The book is designed to give an overview at an easy-to-understand level of a broad subject area...For students of science and of the healthcare professions it is a useful text and the authors are to be commended for their work." Ingrid Hook, Irish Pharmacy Journal, June 2004

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