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Nature's Pharmacopeia: A World of Medicinal Plants by Dan Choffnes

By Dan Choffnes

This fantastically illustrated, elegantly written textbook pairs the simplest examine at the biochemical houses and physiological results of medicinal vegetation with a desirable heritage in their use all through human civilization, revealing the impact of nature’s pharmacopeia on artwork, warfare, conquest, and legislations. by means of chronicling the ways that people have cultivated plant species, extracted their lively chemical components, and investigated their results at the physique through the years, Nature’s Pharmacopeia additionally builds an extraordinary portrait of those particular herbs as they transitioned from wild plant life and botanical curiosities to commodities and effective medicines. The booklet opens with an outline of using medicinal vegetation within the conventional practices and indigenous trust structures of individuals within the Americas, Africa, Asia, and old Europe. It then connects medicinal crops to the expansion of medical medication within the West. next chapters disguise the law of substances; using strong plant chemicals—such as cocaine, nicotine, and caffeine—in a variety of clinical settings; and the applying of biomedicine’s highbrow frameworks to the manufacture of novel medicines from old remedies. aimed at nonspecialists, this article fosters a deep appreciation of the complicated chemistry and cultural resonance of natural medication, whereas suggesting how we may possibly extra faucet the great repositories of the world’s natural wisdom to gain extra novel pharmaceuticals.

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