Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, Second Edition


Michael Heinrich, Professor and Head, Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy, University of London, London, UK
Joanne Barnes, Associate Professor in Herbal Medicines, School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Simon Gibbons, Professor of Phytochemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry, UCL School of Pharmacy, University of London, London, UK
Elizabeth M.Williamson, Professor of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, UK


  • This is an ultimate texbook in this subject and a boon for students of M Pharmacy (Pharmacognosy) as well as undergraduates students of Pharmacy. Besides them, it is really suitable for every course comprising a study of plants and their medicinal use.
  • 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
  • This 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

New to this edition

  • Fully revised and updated throughout
  • New sections on antimicrobials


“A new classic. This is an excellent publication both for science students and the non scientific who have an interest in phytotherapy. The layout is logical and clearly set out. I love the chemical structural diagrams, and the explanations of even complex sequences are easy to understand with very little jargon. It is encouraging to see pharmacognosy being given a prominent place in a modern textbook, and interesting to see both hand drawings and chemical structures on the same page!”

“I can recommend this to anyone who is interested in the science behind herbal products and medicines; especially if you are interested in plants. It’s quite simple to follow and very concise! Good for pharmacy students”


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