Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

3rd Edition - November 24, 2017
  • Authors: Michael Heinrich, Joanne Barnes, Jose Prieto-Garcia, Simon Gibbons, Elizabeth Williamson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702070082
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702070068

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Pharmacognosy (the science of biogenic or nature-derived pharmaceuticals and poisons) has been an established basic pharmaceutical science taught in institutions of pharmacy education for over two centuries. Over the past 20 years though it has become increasingly important given the explosion of new drugs, phytomedicines (plant medicines), nutraceuticals and dietary supplements – all of which need to be fully understood, tested and regulated. From a review of the previous edition: ‘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 healthcare 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.’ The Pharmaceutical Journal ‘This is an excellent text book which provides fascinating insights into the world of pharmacognosy and the authors masterfully integrated elements of orthodox pharmacognosy and phytotherapy. Both the science student and the non-scientific person interested in phytotherapy will greatly benefit from reading this publication. It is comprehensive, easy to follow and after having read this book, one is so much more aware of the uniqueness of phytomedicines. A must read for any healthcare practitioner.’

Key Features

Covers the history, biology and chemistry of plant-based medicines

Covers pharmaceutical and neutraceuticals derived from plants

Covers the role of medicinal plants in worldwide healthcare systems

Examines the therapeutics and evidence of plant-based medicines by body system

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    Preface

    PART A FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOGNOSY

    SECTION 1 Phytotherapy and pharmacognosy

    1. Importance of plants in modern pharmacy and medicine

    2. Pharmacognosy and its history: people, plants and natural products

     

    SECTION 2 Basic plant biology

    3. General principles of botany: morphology and systematics

    4. Families yielding important phytopharmaceuticals

    5. Ethnobotany and ethnopharmacy

    SECTION 3 Natural product chemistry

    6. Natural product chemistry

    7. Methods in natural product chemistry

    8. Anticancer natural products

     

    SECTION 4 Plant extract derived pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals

    9. Production, standardization and quality control

    10. Toxicity of herbal constituents

    11. What makes phytomedicines unique?

     

    SECTION 5 Medicinal plants in selected healthcare systems

    12. Traditional systems of herbal medicine

    13. Complementary/alternative medicine

    PART B IMPORTANT NATURAL PRODUCTS AND PHYTOMEDICINES USED IN PHARMACY AND MEDICINE

    14. The gastrointestinal and biliary system

    15. The cardiovascular system

    16. The respiratory system

    17. The central nervous system

    18. Infectious diseases

    19. The endocrine system

    20. The reproductive and urinary tracts

    21. The musculoskeletal system

    22. The skin

    23. The eye

    24. Ear, nose and orthopharynx

    25. Miscellaneous supportive and protective therapies for stress, ageing, cancer and debility

    Epilogue

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: November 24, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702070082
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702070068

About the Authors

Michael Heinrich

By Michael Heinrich, Dr rer nat habil MA(WSU) Dipl. Biol. FLS, Professor of Ethnopharmacology and Pharmacognosy and Head of Centre for Pharma & Bio Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Head of Centre for Pharmacognosy, School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK

Joanne Barnes

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor in Herbal Medicines, School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Jose Prieto-Garcia

Jose Prieto-Garcia, Associate Professor in Natural Products and Phytochemistry at Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer in Pharmacognosy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London, UK

Simon Gibbons

Affiliations and Expertise

Simon Gibbons, BSc MRSC CChem PhD FLS, Professor of Natural Product Chemistry at the University of East Anglia School of Pharmacy UK Simon Gibbons, BSc MRSC CChem PhD FLS, Professor of Natural Product Chemistry at the University of East Anglia School of Pharmacy UK

Elizabeth Williamson

Elizabeth M. Williamson, BSc(Pharm) PhD MRPharmS FLS, Emerita Professor of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, UK; former Editor-in-chief – now a Senior Editor of Phytotherapy Research; Member of the Herbal Drugs Committees for The British Pharmacopoeia

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, UK; Editor-in-chief of Phytotherapy Research; Member of the Herbal Drugs Committees for The British Pharmacopoeia and The European Pharmacopoeia Professor of Pharmacy and Director of Pharmacy Practice