Herbal Constituents: Foundations of Phytochemistry A Holistic Approach for Students and Practitioners of Botanical Medicine
is a unique addition to the botanical medicine literature. Written in a
down-to-Earth style by a traditional herbalist with extensive training
in chemistry and botany, this book is designed for anyone who wants an in-depth understanding of how medicinal plants work. Herbal Constituents presents the most important concepts and the latest research on phytochemical compounds in medicinal plants.
In a clear, step-by-step fashion, the reader is first introduced to
the basic language of phytochemical structure including bonding,
polarity, functional groups, isomers, and more. This non-mathematical
presentation distills the information that is important for
understanding the personalities and activities of constituents in
The next chapters address areas of concern for the botanical
practitioner including solubility and extraction of herbal
constituents, solvent polarity and other influences on solubility,
phytochemical stability and reactivity in extracts, synergy and
variability in herbs and formulas, and the role of standardization.
After a concise and well-organized outline of herbal constituents, the book
presents a detailed and thoroughly referenced chapter for each of the
major categories. Each chapter contains numerous illustrations and
explanations of the botanical occurrence and physiological activities
of the constituents, and is based on up-to-date research considered in
the context of traditional usage.
Finally, Herbal Constituents offers an extensive illustrated
glossary with some 250 entries that will be helpful for those needing to review some of the
most relevant concepts and terminology from organic and biochemistry.
Herbal Constituents: Foundations of Phytochemistry
Lisa Ganora has been a traditional herbalist for more than 25 years and is an expert on the properties of phytochemical constituents in medicinal foods and herbs. Lisa, who studied chemistry and botany and graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina, is currently Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, and has served as Distinguished Lecturer for the Masters Program in Herbal Medicine at Tai Sophia Institute. She has written several distance-learning courses, produced various visual curriculum materials, and published the textbook Herbal Constituents. Additionally, Lisa was the editor for the official Proceedings of the Medicines from the Earth Symposium and the Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine for 2008 and 2009. As a lecturer, Lisa combines traditional wisdom with easily accessible science and beautiful PowerPoint shows for a uniquely holistic learning experience.
Updated: 6/1/14 Herbal Constituents (C) 2013 Lisa Ganora, Boulder, CO U.S.A.