Phytomedicines, Herbal Drugs, and Poisons
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About the AuthorBen-Erik van Wyk is professor of botany at the University of Johannesburg. He is the author of Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, also published by the University of Chicago Press.Michael Wink is professor of pharmaceutical biology and director at the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biology at Heidelberg University, Germany. He is an authority on secondary metabolites of plants and their pharmacological properties.
He is the author of Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, also published by the University of Chicago Press.Michael Wink is professor of pharmaceutical biology and director at the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biology at Heidelberg University, Germany. Ben-Erik van Wyk is professor of botany at the University of Johannesbur
Plants have been used to treat disease throughout human history. In Phytomedicines, Herbal Drugs, and Poisons, Ben-Erik van Wyk offers a richly illustrated, scientific guide to medicinal and poisonous plants, including those used for their mind-altering effects. Van Wyk covers approximately 350 species—from Aloe vera and Ephedra sinica to Cannabis sativa and Coffea arabica—detailing their botanical, geographical, pharmacological, and toxicological data as well as the chemical structures of the active compounds in each. And as the market for herbal remedies and natural medicine grows, we continue to search the globe for plants and plant compounds to combat our various ailments. Readers learn, for example, that Acacia senegal, or gum acacia, is used primarily in Sudan and Ethiopia as a topical ointment to protect the skin and mucosa from bacterial and fungal infections, and that Aconitum napellus, more commonly known as aconite, is used in cough syrups but can be psychedelic when smoked or absorbed through the skin. &nbs
Best plant / ethnobotany books on the planet. Every time I hear that Ben-Erik van Wyk has written a new book I immediately find and purchase that book. I own every book he's written and refer to them constantly. Van Wyk composes some of the most interesting, relevant and well crafted plant / ethnobotany publications available today. Read every book that this man has written and you are guaranteed a more meaningful and dynamic daily existence. No history is as important as the his