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Medicinal Herbs- PDF ebook
Medicinal herbs are used to treat a broad array of
physical problems. This is because they contain secondary metabolites which act
as bioactive ingredients. In particular they have been used to treat cancers,
cardiovascular disorders, and hypertension; neurological disorders e.g. Parkinson's
disease and epilepsy, and malaria. For instance, vinblastane, vincristine and
taxol have anti-neoplastic properties meaning that they attack and destroy
cancer cells i.e. neoplasms or tumours. Digoxin is used as a cardiotonic
because it helps to stimulate heart contractions and thereby cause it to pump more
blood around the body. Reserpine has an effect on the regulation of blood
pressure. Quinine and artemisinin are used in the treatment of malaria.
Morphine has been used for centuries to ease pain and codeine remains the
benchmark of antitusive drugs used to ease the symptoms of coughs. Some other
bioactive ingredients are also involved in the treatment of mental health
disorders e.g. schizophrenia and dementia.
Medicinal herbs are plants which contain chemicals that have an effect upon the body. Of course whilst many have a favourable effect, some which are classed as poisons are regarded as medicinal because when given in appropriate doses they can be used to attack pathogens in the body.
The Medicinal Herbs ebook is a practical guide for anyone who is interested in using herbs for medicinal purposes. This ebook is a fascinating read that looks into the chemicals in herbs and their effects on the body. Illustrations and descriptions included in this help you identify the plants effectively.
It covers ways in which herbs can be used for medicinal purposes and how you can prepare herbs for use in this purpose. The majority of this ebook covers a thorough directory of medicinal herbs and looks at the herbs origin, appearance, culture, chemistry, the parts used, what the herb can be used for and the herb’s properties. This ebook even has a section for starting a business using medicinal herbs.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF MEDICINAL HERBS
What are they?
Uses of medicinal herbs
The evolution of medicinal herbs
The scope of medicinal herbs
CHAPTER 2 CHEMICALS IN HERBS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON THE BODY
Terms used to describe medicinal effects of herbs
Types of chemicals found in medicinal herbs
Other terms describing medicinal herbs
CHAPTER 3 WAYS HERBS ARE USED
Some important points
CHAPTER 4 METHODS OF PREPARING HERBS FOR USE
How to make herbal tea
How to make herbal decoctions
How to make herbal ointments
CHAPTER 5 DIRECTORY OF MEDICINAL HERBS
Asperula odorata (syn. Galium odoratum)
Lavandula angustifolia (syn. L. officinalis)
Matricaria chamomilla (syn. M. recutita)
Mentha x piperita
Mentha spicata (syn. M. viridis)
Petroselinum crispum (syn. P. sativum)
Ulmus rubra (syn. Ulmus fulva)
CHAPTER 6 WORKING WITH MEDICINAL HERBS
Legal and ethical considerations
Selling medicinal plants: Opportunities
Where to market herb products
Starting a herb business
Deciding how to proceed
Formal planning process
Preparing a business plan for a herb farm or nursery
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Medicinal Herbs- PDF ebook