Study Reveals Therapeutic Applications of Herbal Medicines

Both Asia and Africa are home to many plants that can be used for the treatment of many diseases and their medicinal properties are gaining interest in Western societies. Medicinal plants from Asia and Africa are used for their healing abilities and also have symbolic meaning in communities.

The importance of traditional indigenous herbal remedies plays a crucial role in the health of millions of people on these two continents.

Even today, traditional medicine represents the dominant medical system for millions of people and has a significant impact on health care practices. Therefore, traditional operators still represent an essential part of regional health systems. For this reason, pharmaceutical industries look to traditional medicine as a source for identifying bioactive compounds that can be used in the preparation of synthetic drugs.

Biologically Active Natural Products from Asia and Africa: A Selection of Topics guides the reader to information about new natural products from these regions and the different ways they can be used to treat or relieve many of the most common diseases.

The volume features nine topics covering a number of facets of natural product medicine, including:

  • -pharmaceutical analysis of antidiabetic herbal medicines from Bangladesh and local retailers
  • – caffeine consumption and the risk of female infertility
  • -pharmaceutical analysis of Urena sinuata (purple)
  • -anti-CHIKV activities of diterpenes and their derivatives
  • – anti-inflammatory nanogel for the treatment of psoriasis
  • – antilithiatic properties of Moroccan medicinal plants
  • -ethnobotanical, phytochemical and biological activities of Aristolochia longa L. (pipevine)
  • -healing potential of combined extracts of stem bark and leaves of sphenocentrum jollyanum (an African shrub)

It is a practical reference for specialists and R&D experts in pharmaceutical chemistry who wish to be informed of current knowledge on the development of natural remedies in Asia and Africa.


Bentham Scientific Editors

Alvin J. Chase