Medicinal Plants in Tropical Countries

2004
176 S. , 28 Abb. , gebunden (KB)
ISBN: 9783131383419


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Beschreibung

  • Practical medical recommendations for the use of medicinal plants, based on a scientific approach
  • The plants described in this book were chosen from a list of 4776 medicinal plants predominantly used in Africa
  • 54 of these plants were described in ethno-pharmacological reports from five or more African countries, and from this list 25 of the most frequently reported plants were chosen for this collection

Contents

Practical medical recommendations for use of medicinal plants, based on a scientific approach!
According to estimates of the World Health Organization, 80% of the world population is primarily reliant on traditional methods of healing, which uses empirical knowledge based on the use of medicinal plants. In many rural areas of developing countries there are no alternatives to traditional methods of healing, as neither the financial means nor the necessary infrastructure are in place to allow the use of imported pharmaceuticals. There are, however, insufficient data available regarding the efficacy and sideeffects of the treatment of diseases with medicinal plants. The plants described in this book were chosen from a list of 4776 medicinal plants predominantly used in Africa. 54 of these plants were described in ethno-pharmacological reports from five or more African countries, and from this list 25 of the most frequently reported plants were chosen for this collection. Pharmacists, practitioners, nurses, and other people in health care who work in African or other developing countries must often know about both the positive and the toxic characteristics of medicinal plants. These monographs present a helpful summary of the often contradictory information on the use of medicinal plants. An assessment of each individual plant is provided in each monograph.