[FREE] Medicinal Plants of Asia and the Pacific


 Christophe Wiart


Drawing on the author’s extensive personal experience, Medicinal Plants of Asia and the Pacific provides comprehensive coverage of the medicinal plants of the region. Describing more than 300 compounds, the book discusses every important class of natural products while highlighting cutting-edge research and recent developments. With its broad scope and extensive compound listings, the presentation and approach of the book is completely original.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive view of the medicinal plants of the Asian Pacific region
  • Contains a 4 page color insert and more than 260 line drawings, black and white photographs, and chemical structures
  • Draws on personal field observations, ethnopharmacological investigations, and available published pharmacochemical evidence
  • Presents new information on the pharmacological effect of medicinal plants from Asia and the Pacific
  • Discusses the active principles in the families of plants and their uses
  • Provides examples of phenolic compounds of pharmacological value
  • Includes coverage of known traditional uses of plants as antiseptic agents, counterirritants, and antimicrobials
  • Explores possible pharmacological uses as antidepressants, anticancer agents, and antibiotics, as well as for treating high blood pressure, leukemia, and more


“This book contains brief descriptions and evaluations of some active ingredients and the medicinal uses of about 100 plants found in Asia … . The stated purpose is to show the rich source of potential drugs in the estimated 6,000 plant species in Asia … . This objective is met … . A unique feature of the book is the emphasis on similar chemicals found in some plant families … . Adequate references to the scientific literature are given for each plant.” (Stata Norton, Doody’s Book Review Service, January, 2007)

“This book presents several aspects of the pharmacology, chemistry, botany and folkloric use of selected medicinal plants that can be found in Asia and the Pacific. It is generously illustrated with line drawings for many of the plants under discussion, as well as examples of chemical structures. … The book is organized into three chapters … . This book should be of interest to academic, industrial or government scientists with an interest in the potential of the regional flora for drug discovery.” (James Graham, Phytomedicine, Vol. 15, 2008)


  • Publisher: CRC Press (June 19, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AOW2BU


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