Agros Dictionary of Medicinal Plants
THE BOOK: World is endowed with a rich wealth of medicinal plants.
The variety and sheer number of plants with therapeutic properties is quite
astonishing. It is estimated that around 70,000 plant species, from lichens to
towering trees, have been used at one time or another for medicinal purposes.
The herbs provide the starting material for the isolation or synthesis of
conventional drugs. In India, medicinal plants have made a good contribution to
the development of ancient Indian Material Medica. During the past one century
there has been a rapid extension of the allopathic system of medical treatment
in India. It generated commercial demand for pharmacopoeial drugs and their
products in India. Efforts have been made to introduce many of these drug plants
to farmers. Several research institutes have undertaken studies on the
cultivation practices of medicinal plants, which were found suitable and
remunerative for commercial cultivation. The publication of Agro's Dictionary of
Medicinal Plants marks the birth of treatise covering about 4000 plants at one
place. The major objective of launching this publication is not to replace other
authoiitative dictionaries/glossaries but to highlight the economic uses of
medicinal plants along with their vernacular names.
Medicinal plants have curative properties due to the presence of various complex chemical substances of different composition, which are found as secondary plant metabolites in one or more parts of these plants. These plant metabolities, according to their composition, are grouped as alkaloids, glycosides, corticosteroids, essential oils, etc. During the past decade, a dramatic increase in exports of medicinal plants attests to worldwide interest in these products as well as in traditional health systems. In the last 10 years, for example, India's exports of medicinal plants have trebled. The pharmaceutical industries have made massive investment on pharmacological, clinical and chemical researches all over the world in past five decades. Efforts have been made to discover still more potent plant drugs. In fact, a few new drug plants have successfully been passed the tests of commercial screening. The benefits of these efforts would reach to the masses in future if farmers initiates commercial cultivation of medicinal plants. In fact, agricultural studies on medicinal plants, by its very nature, demand an equally large investment and higher priority. India, in particular, has a big scope for the development of pharmaceutical and phytochemical industry. We hope that such wide-ranging coverage of medicinal plants will certainly benefit growers, pharmaceutical and ayurvedic herbal companies, extractors, exporters, importers, large and small-scale organic cultivators, seed production companies, farmers, nursery men, scientists of various research institutes, consultants, planters associations, herbal hospitals, etc.
AUTHOR: Narayan Dass Prajapati & Dr. U. Kumar | ISBN: 9798177541730 | YEAR: 2003 - First Edition, 2005 - Reprinted | PAGES: 398 | SIZE: 19 X 25 X 2.75 cm. | BINDING: Hard | LANGUAGE: English
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Narayan Das Prajapati (b. Oct., 1950) is a well known medicinal plant grower at large scale in India. He has initiated cultivation and promotion of medicinal plants by providing training to farmers, traders and research organizations by organizing training camps and providing literature. He is a visiting faculty in various universities and research institutions. Presently, he is the farmer member of National Medicinal Plants Board, Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi.