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Indian Herbal Drug Microscopy

Gurav, Shailendra S., Gurav, Nilambari S. (Eds.)

2014, XV, 207 p. 78 illus. in color.

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  • A unique book with color microscopic images
  • Detailed microscopic information of plant and powder characters
  • The best guide for herbal drug microscopy of Indian medicinal plants

Adulteration and misidentification of herbal drugs can cause serious health problems to consumers. The first step in quality control of medicinal plants is ensuring the authenticity of the desired species for intended use, with anatomical study playing a critical role in identifying and authenticating medicinal plants. A product of numerous years of experience and research, Indian Herbal Drug Microscopy is a vital resource for identifying and evaluating Indian medicinal plants.


Comprised of four concise and comprehensive chapters, the book presents stepwise procedures for sectioning of plant material, histo-chemical staining techniques, and the anatomy of forty well-known and medicinally important plants, including Arjuna, Ashoka, Ashwagandha, Cinchona, Cinnamon, Ginger, Kurchi, Rauwolfia, Turmeric, Tulsi, and Vasaka. The book is also supplemented with color photographs and hand-drawn microscopic images.


Written by authorities in the field, Indian Herbal Drug Microscopy is a valuable guide for herbal drug microscopy of Indian medicinal plants.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Herbal Drugs - Indian Medicinal Plants - Microscopy - Pharmacognosy - Plant Anatomy

Related subjects » Biochemistry & Biophysics - Cell Biology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Plant Sciences

Table of contents 

Chapter 1:    Introduction
Shailendra Gurav, Nilambari Gurav

Chapter 2:    Sectioning Methods
Shailendra Gurav, Nilambari Gurav, Arun Patil

Chapter 3:    Histological and Histochemical Staining Techniques
Shailendra Gurav, Shrikant Tilloo, Kishor Burade

Chapter 4:    Herbal Drug Microscopy
Aconite (Aconitum napellus)
Aloe (Aloe barbadensis)
Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)
Ashoka (Saraca indica)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Asparagus (Asparagus racemosus)
Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)
Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)
Caraway (Carum carvi)
Cinchona (Cinchona calisaya)
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus)
Colchicum (Colchicum autumnale)
Digitalis (Digitalis purpurea)
Ephedra (Ephedra gerardiana)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
Ipecacuanha (Cephaelis ipecacuanha)
Isapghula (Plantago ovata)
Kurchi (Holarrhea antidysentrica)
Linseed (Linum usitatissimum)
Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Neem (Azadirachta indica)
Nutmeg and Mace (Myristica fragrans)
Nux vomica (Strychnus nux vomica)
Opium (Papaver somniferum)
Podophyllum (Podophyllum emodi)
Quassia (Picrasma excelsa)
Rauwolfia (Rauwolfia serpentina)
Rhubarb (Rheum officinale)
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Senna (Cassia angustifolia)
Squill (Urgenia indica)
Stramonium (Datura stramonium)
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Vasaka (Adathoda vasaka)
Vinca (Catharanthus roseus)
Shailendra Gurav, Nilambari Gurav

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Distribution rights for India: CBS Publishers, New Delhi, India

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