About the book
The latest statistics in the field confirm the fact that phytotherapy is a field of increasing interest and ongoing development. Natural compounds, either in the form of total or standardized extracts, respectively as bioactive molecules, are currently one of the largest research themes in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields. Natural products based on traditional, complementary and integrative medicine represent approaches in high demand in the medicine of the 21st century. It is well known that natural compounds are not free of side effects, being more or less potent depending on the class of phytochemicals, but generally they exhibit a milder toxicity compared to chemically synthesized compounds.
Given that natural compounds represent a hot topic at this moment, this book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art regarding natural bioactive molecules and human health. This books aims to cover the latest data regarding extraction, isolation and identification of natural bioactive molecules as well as structural modulation for an increased bioavailability. Moreover the book aims to review recent trends and advancements regarding the management of both acute and chronic disease with the help of natural products. Due to the increased number of publications in the field a special topic is dedicated to active anti-cancer phytocompounds. Benefits, mechanism of action as well as limitations, toxicity and contraindications of phyto preparations will also be discussed.