The Age-Old Panacea in a New Light

1st Edition - January 23, 2020

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  • Editors: Maryam Sarwat, Sajida Sumaiya
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184622
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184639

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Saffron: The Age-Old Panacea in a New Light is the first book to detail the functions and effect of saffron in medicinal situations. This book explores the medicinal aspects of saffron and the effect saffron imparts on various diseases of the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, locomotor system, urogenital system, eye, skin, and immune system, along with their mechanism of action. This perpetual bulb found mainly in Asia and Europe, Iran, India and Mediterranean countries has been shown to reduce seizures, delay convulsions, and as a neuroprotective agent against cerebral ischemia, brain damage, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. In addition, it also reduces depression, hypnosis and anxiety and enhances learning and memory skills.

Key Features

  • Outlines the history of the medicinal use of saffron
  • Provides details on the mechanism of action of saffron
  • Explores the effect of saffron on specific aspects of the body


Researchers and students in the fields of pharmaceutical science, pharmacy and pharmacognosy. Those in medicine, biotechnology, botany, biochemistry nutrition and chemistry may also find this book useful

Table of Contents

  • 1. Central nervous system
    2. Cardiovascular system
    3. Digestive system
    4. Locomotor system
    5. Uro-genital system
    6. Eye
    7. Skin
    8. Immunity System

Product details

  • No. of pages: 294
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: January 23, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184622
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184639

About the Editors

Maryam Sarwat

Dr. Maryam Sarwat is an Indian Citizen, working as an Associate Professor in the Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Amity University, Noida. She has obtained her Ph. D. in 2007 and completed postdoctoral research at ICGEB, New Delhi. She has received several research grants from various R & D agencies such as DST, DBT, CCRUM and SERB in India. She has presented her findings in scientific conferences in various countries like Germany, Czech Republic and France etc. Dr. Sarwat has mentored six PhD and fifteen Masters’ students. She has more than 55 international publications in reputed journals and three patents to her credit. She is the recipient of the prestigious “Scientist of the Year Award” in 2015. Dr. Sarwat has published two volumes of “Stress Signaling in Plants, Genomics and Proteomics Perspective” with Springer Nature in 2013 and 2017. She has also authored two books with Elsevier entitled ‘Senescence Signaling and Control in Plants’ in 2018 and ‘Saffron: The Age-Old Panacea in a New Light’ in the early 2020. She has also published the title ‘Environment and Human Health’ through King Abdul Aziz University Press in 2020. Her two volumes on ‘Ethnic Knowledge on Biodiversity, Nutrition and Health Security’ are due for publication by Taylor and Francis in 2021. She has served various international journals as reviewer

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Amity University, Noida, India

Sajida Sumaiya

Dr. Sajida Sumaya is a practitioner of Unani Medicine. She has done Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) from A & U Tibbiya college & Hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi. She has also done Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education from IGNOU, New Delhi. She has worked with six different hospitals of Govt. of India (Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital; Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital; Babu Jagjeevan Ram Hospital; Dr. N.C. Joshi Memorial Hospital; Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital and Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital). She has done one year internship at A&U Tibbiya college and hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi and a House job as a House surgeon at the same Hospital. She has also worked as Unani consultant and RMO at Dr. Lal’s Hospital, New Delhi, Sankhwar Hospital and Divine Hospital. She is also an experienced Unani consultant at her own polyclinic in New Delhi. She is working as Senior Research Fellow in a Government of India Sponsored project on Anticancer activities of Saffron Drugs at Amity University, NOIDA. She has presented her research work in conferences and seminars. She has also participated in trainings (Indian Pharmacopoeia commission, Govt. of India, Ghaziabad) and workshops (Central Council for research in unani medicine (CCRUM), Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi) regarding her research work on saffron.

Affiliations and Expertise

Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Amity University, NOIDA, India

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  • Academic Tue Jan 28 2020

    Excellent book on a magical spice - saffron

    Very detailed and informative

  • MurtazaTambuwa2 Mon Jan 27 2020

    Excellent book on Saffron

    very interesting read