The Constituents of Medicinal Plants

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The Constituents of Medicinal Plants Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: CABI Publishing
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Pages: 232 Language: English ISBN: 9781789243079 Categories: , , , , , , , Tag:

This unique book explains in simple terms the commonly occurring chemical constituents of medicinal plants, and how these react with the human body. The major classes of plant constituents, such as phenols, terpenes and polysaccharides, are described both in terms of their chemical structures and their pharmacological activities. The last 20 years has seen huge growth in research output in phytochemistry, and this edition has been thoroughly revised to incorporate up-to-date research. It contains a new chapter on resins and cannabinoids, and additional content on macrocarpals, essential oil chemotypes, mushroom polysaccharides, phytochemical synergy, and toxicology of phytochemicals. Features include: Over 200 diagrams of chemical structures Clearly written, and student-friendly format References to primary research literature Designed as an undergraduate text, this is an essential desktop reference for health practitioners, lecturers, researchers, producers, and anyone with an interest in how medicinal herbs work.

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Author Biography

Dr Pengelly has had a forty-year career as a herbal practitioner and naturopath, University lecturer, researcher, field botanist and aromatherapist. His PhD was awarded for his research into Australian plant medicines. He is currently employed as online teaching faculty for the Maryland University of Integrative Health (USA), where he teaches Herbal Pharmacology and Phytochemistry and Western Materia Medica. With an ongoing interest in research and clinical use of Australian plants, Dr Pengelly is focused on the distillation of essential oils from the bush, while conducting aromatic herbal field schools teaching the skills of distillation, combining herbs with essential oils for home use and clinical applications. Dr Pengelly lives in Brisbane and until recently worked at the Queensland Herbarium. He is currently conducting flora surveys at the Wolston Creek Reserve and Woodfordia in a volunteer capacity. He is a fellow and life member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia, and President of the Indigenous Plants for Health Association Inc.