The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine

A Pengelly 
CABI  February 2004  

Paperback  184 pp  ISBN 9780851998077      £20.00
Note Not available from CPL Press in Australia and New Zealand, use local supplier

This book:

  • Is an easy to understand introduction to the chemistry of medicinal plants
  • Includes over 100 diagrams
  • Refers to original research studies and clinical trials
  • Refers to plants commonly used by herbalists throughout Europe, North America and Australasia
During recent years herbal medicine has become an increasingly scientifically based system of healing. Due to demands from both the public and medical establishments, studies leading to the scientific explanation of plant therapeutic capabilities are allowing this practice to gain increasing credibility and acceptance within the medical community.

This book provides an introduction to the complex area of plant constituents and the therapeutic activities associated with them.

Readership: Students of herbal medicine and natural therapies as well as practitioners.


  • Introduction to phytochemistry
  • Phenols
  • Polyphenols-tannins and flavonoids
  • Glycosides
  • Terpenes
  • Triterpenoids and saponins
  • Essential oils and resins
  • Fixed oils and alkamides
  • Polysaccharides
  • Alkaloids
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