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Herbal Drugs: Ethnomedicine to Modern Medicine

Editors: Ramawat, Kishan Gopal (Ed.)

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Considerable progress has been made in our healthcare system, in particular with respect to sensitive diagnostic tools, reagents and very effective and precise drugs. On the other hand, high-throughput screening technology can screen vast numbers of compounds against an array of targets in a very short time, and leads thus - tained can be further explored. In developing countries, the exploding population exerts pressure not only on natural resources but also on the human population - self, whose members strive to become successful and advance in society. This leads to increased blood pressure, anxiety, obesity-associated lipid disorders, cardiov- cular diseases and diabetes. Most of these diseases result in disturbed family life, including sexual behaviour. Despite technological developments, herbal drugs still occupy a preferential place in a majority of the population in the Third World and terminal patients in the West. Herbal drugs, in addition to being cost effective and easily accessible, have been used since time immemorial and have passed the test of time without having any side effects. The multitarget effects of herbs (holistic approaches) are the fun- mental basis of their utilization. This approach is already used in traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda, which has become more popular in the West in recent years. However, the integration of modern science with traditional uses of herbal drugs is of the utmost importance if ones wishes to use ancient knowledge for the betterment of humanity.

About the authors

Professor K.G. Ramawat (born in 1952) received his M.Sc. (1974) and Ph.D. (1978, Plant Biotechnology) from the University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India and became a faculty member in January of 1979. He joined M.L. Sukhadia University as an Associate Professor in 1991 and became a Professor in 2001. He served as Head of the Department of Botany (2001–2004), was in charge of the Department of Biotechnology (2003–2004), was a member of the task force on medicinal and aromatic plants at the Department of Biotechnology (Government of India, New Delhi; 2002–2005), and was a coordinator of the UGC-DRS and DST-FIST programs (2002–2007). He did his postdoctoral study at the University of Tours, France (1983–85) and subsequently worked as visiting professor at the University of Tours (1991) and University of Bordeaux 2, France (1995, 1999, 2003, 2006). He visited Poland under the auspices of an INSA-PAN academic exchange program (2005). He has published more than 100 research papers and review articles in reputed journals and books. He has edited two books on the biotechnology of secondary metabolites and of medicinal plants (Scientific Publishers, Enfield, USA). Professor Ramawat has completed several major research projects from UGC, CSIR, ICAR, DBT, and DST, and has supervised the doctoral theses of 16 students. He has been a member of the Plant Tissue Culture Association of India since 1991.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Medicinal Plants: A Renewable Resource for Novel Leads and Drugs

    Verpoorte, R.

    Pages 1-5

  • The Chemical Diversity of Bioactive Molecules and Therapeutic Potential of Medicinal Plants

    Ramawat, K.G. (et al.)

    Pages 7-32

  • Indigenous People and Forests: Perspectives of an Ethnobotanical Study from Rajasthan (India)

    Katewa, S.S.

    Pages 33-56

  • Ginseng and Male Sexual Behavior

    Murphy, Laura L. (et al.)

    Pages 57-66

  • Herbal Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

    Shah, Jyoti

    Pages 67-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Herbal Drugs: Ethnomedicine to Modern Medicine
Editors
  • Kishan Gopal Ramawat
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-79116-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-79116-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-79115-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09798-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 402
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