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Herbal Constituents:

Foundations of Phytochemistry

A Holistic Approach for Students and Practitioners of Botanical Medicine


Herbal Constituents is a popular textbook on herbal phytochemistry for natural health practitioners used by schools and universities worldwide.
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Unique addition to the botanical literature

Herbal Constituents is a unique addition to the botanical medicine literature. Written in a down-to-Earth style by a clinical herbalist with extensive training in chemistry, physiology and botany, this book is designed for anyone who wants an in-depth understanding of how medicinal plants work in the context of human physiology.

Herbal Constituents presents the most important concepts and research on phytochemical compounds in medicinal foods and herbs.

Basic Language of Phytochemical Structure

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 medicinal herbs.

Making Herbal Medicine:
Extraction, Solubility, Solvent Polarity & More

These chapters address areas of interest for the botanical practitioner including solubility and extraction of herbal constituents, polarity of solvents and solvent systems, and other influences on solubility, phytochemical stability, and reactivity in extracts. We also explore synergy and variability in herbs and formulas, and the role of standardization.

Herbal Constituent Categories

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.

Extensive Illustrated Glossary

Herbal Constituents concludes with an extensive illustrated glossary having some 250 entries that will be helpful for those needing to review some of the most important concepts and terminology from organic chemistry, biochemistry and phytochemistry.

Meet the Author

Hi! I'm Lisa. I'm the author of Herbal Constituents. It is my absolute honor and pleasure to offer this book to students and practitioners of herbal medicine.

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Herbal Constituents, 2nd Edition, is a concise yet thorough textbook for students and practitioners of botanical medicine including clinical and medical herbalists, naturopaths, holistic and integrative practitioners, pharmacists, and physicians. Richly illustrated with structure drawings, and written by a clinical herbalist with extensive training in botany, chemistry, and physiology, this unique book brings together the wisdom of traditional practice and contemporary science. New in this edition are sections on Cannabis pharmacy; integration of current research; and expanded content in every chapter.
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