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Bioactive Compounds in Phytomedicine

Edited by Iraj Rasooli

Shahed University, Iran

There are significant concerns regarding the potential side effects from the chronic use of conventional drugs such as corticosteroids, especially in children. Herbal therapy is less expensive, more readily available, and increasingly becoming common practice all over the world. Such practices have both their benefits and risks. However, herbal self-therapy might have serious health consequences due to incorrect self-diagnosis, inappropriate choice of herbal remedy or adulterated herbal product. In addition, absence of clinical trials and other traditional safety mechanisms before medicines are introduced to the wider market results in questionable safe dosage ranges which may produce adverse and unexpected outcomes. Therefore, the use of herbal remedies requires sufficient knowledge about the efficacy, safety and proper use of such products. Hence, it is necessary to have baseline data regarding the use of herbal remedies and to educate future health professionals about various aspects of herbal remedies.

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Bioactive Compounds in PhytomedicineEdited by Iraj Rasooli

Published: January 18th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/2374

ISBN: 978-953-307-805-2

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-6632-0

Copyright year: 2012

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64460 Total Chapter Downloads

28 Crossref Citations

87 Web of Science Citations

103 Dimensions Citations


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1. Selecting Medicinal Plants for Development of Phytomedicine and Use in Primary Health Care

By Wagner Luiz Ramos Barbosa, Myrth Soares do Nascimento, Lucianna do Nascimento Pinto, Fernando Luiz Costa Maia, Antonio Jorge Ataíde Sousa, José Otávio Carréra Silva Júnior, Maurícia Melo Monteiro and Danilo Ribeiro de Oliveira


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2. Hepatoprotective Effect of Zanthoxylum armatum DC

By Nitin Verma and Rattan Lal Khosa


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3. Current Status: Mexican Medicinal Plants with Insecticidal Potential

By Ludmila Elisa Guzmán-Pantoja, Laura P. Lina-García, Graciela Bustos-Zagal and Víctor M. Hernández-Velázquez


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4. Standardization of Herbal Drugs Derivatives with Special Reference to Brazilian Regulations

By Wagner Luiz Ramos Barbosa, Lucianna do Nascimento Pinto, Luiz Cláudio Silva Malheiros, Patricia Miriam Sayuri Sato Barros, Christian Barbosa de Freitas, Jose Otavio Carrera Silva Junior, Sandra Gallori and Franco Francesco Vincieri


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5. The Phytochemical and In Vitro Pharmacological Testing of Maltese Medicinal Plants

By Everaldo Attard and Pierpaolo Pacioni


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6. Phytochemicals Components as Bioactive Foods

By Aicha Olfa Cherif


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7. Diosgenin, a Steroid Saponin Constituent of Yams and Fenugreek: Emerging Evidence for Applications in Medicine

By Jayadev Raju and Chinthalapally V. Rao


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8. Polyphenols as Adaptogens – The Real Mechanism of the Antioxidant Effect?

By David E. Stevenson


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9. Erythrina, a Potential Source of Chemicals from the Neotropics

By R. Marcos Soto-Hernández, Rosario García-Mateos, Rubén San Miguel-Chávez, Geoffrey Kite, Mariano Martínez-Vázquez and Ana C. Ramos-Valdivia


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10. Zanthoxylum Genus as Potential Source of Bioactive Compounds

By L. Oscar Javier Patiño, R. Juliet Angélica Prieto and S. Luis Enrique Cuca


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