CRC Handbook of Medicinal Spices
James A Duke
Hardback 360pp ISBN 9780849312793
- Includes the medicinal properties of over 60 spice plants
- Explores the culinary aspects of many medicinal spices
- Presents a chemical analysis of each spice
- Explains the biological activities of the most important phytochemicals
- Provides an alphabetical listing of reported indications for each spice
- Includes folkloric and proven reputations for a given ailment.
- Lists septic organisms killed or whose growth is curbed or arrested by each spice
- Offers recipes from around the world for "letting food be your medicine"
"Let food be your medicine, medicine your food."
Hippocrates, 2400 B.C.
When the "Father of Medicine" uttered those famous words, spices were as important
for medicine, embalming, preserving food, and masking bad odors as they were for more
mundane culinary matters. Author James A. Duke predicts that spices such as capsicum,
cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onion, and turmeric will assume relatively more medicinal importance
again, as the economic costs and knowledge of the side-effects of prescription pharmaceuticals
increase. After all, each spice contains thousands of useful phytochemicals. Pharmaceuticals
usually contain only one or two.
Discover the Science behind the Folklore
Spices are important medicines that have withstood the empirical tests of millennia.
Nearly 5,000 years ago Charak, the father of Ayurvedic medicine, claimed that garlic
lightens the blood, reduces tumors, and is an aphrodisiac tonic. Today scientists say it
thins the blood, prevents cancer, and increases libido. For centuries people worldwide have
used spices to cure a myriad of ailments and to preserve foods. Now science is proving
that these spices may preserve us with their antioxidant and antiseptic activities. Organized
by scientific name, the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Spices provides the science behind
the folklore of over 60 popular spices. For each spice, it lists:
The handbook also includes market and import data, culinary uses, ecology and cultural information,
and discusses at length the use of spices as antiseptics and antioxidants.
Medicinal activities and indications
Other uses, especially culinary
Important phytochemical constituents and their activities
Catalog of Spices by Latin names (A to Z)
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