From time unknown Indian medicinal plants have been used to cure and prevent ailments. The pharmacological values of many of these plants have been confirmed by scientific findings. Medicinal and Aromatic plants are rich sources of secondary metabolites like alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, flavoinoids, saponins etc which are potential sources of modern herbal drugs. It is possible that the efficiency of herbs depend on the total cumulative effect of the plant contents rather than on the one or few chemical fractions separated from the herbs.
The authentic information regarding use of medicinal plants, active ingredients, pharmacological properties and dosage etc are not available at one place. An efforts thus has been made by us to compile the systematic and proven information in the form of a book.
This book in particular caters to the need of all those who are trying to decide whether to use herbs as a form of treatment or an adjunctive treatment or as health promoter or simply as a prophylactic measure for disease prevention and immunity building.
Dr. (Mrs.) Anubha Upadhyaya, Ph.D (Food and Nutrition) is Associate (Food Science). Last 7 years she is working in Department of Crop and Herbal Physiology, Collage of Agriculture, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidayalaya, Jabalpur, India. She started her career in JNKVV as Assistant Professor, has been working in the field of research extension and teaching. She is a specialist of bioanalytical separation techniques and an expertise in developing and standardizing procedures through modern chromatographic instrumentation like GC, GLC, HPLC, HPTLC, etc. She has guided many Ph.D and M.Sc students and has more than 30 papers published in international and national journals. She has been actively involved in giving training to farmers and technical person in the field of Post Harvest Technology and Value added products of Medicinal and Aromatic plants. She is Co-PI in the Project Niche Area of Excellence in Conservation, Cultivation, Processing and Quality evaluation Medicinal and Aromatic plants and Quality analysis of Medicinal and Aromatic plants.
Dr. (Mrs.) Preeti Sagar Nayak, Ph.D (Chemistry) is employed as a Research Associate in the Department of Crop and Herbal Physiology, College of Agriculture, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidayalaya, Jabalpur, India, since early 2006. For her doctoral degree at Rani Durgavati University Jabalpur, her research focused on sorption and techniques for understanding of chemistry with an emphasis on developing more accurate separation and remedial tools. At present her work is related to qualitative and quantitative isolation / extraction of bioactive component of Medicinal and Aromatic plants using chromatography. In addition to her research and publications in physical and bio-analytical chemistry, she has distinguished herself as an outstanding research worker. Dr. Nayak is a vibrant and enthusiastic young scientist possessing highly developed intellect. She has widely travelled in India and has attended many symposia and conferences for the purpose of presenting her research work. She has in her credit more than 12 research papers of international and national repute.
Dr. V.K.Agrawal, Ph.D (Plant Physiologist) is a Professor and Head, Department of Crop and Herbal Physiology, College of Agriculture, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidayalaya, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Basically he is a plant physiologist having research, teaching and extension experience of more than 35 years. He is leader of Medicinal and Aromatic plants R & D unit at JNKVV, Jabalpur that has name and fame in collecting, conserving and domesticating valuable herbal biodiversity not only in the state but also in the country. He is principal investigator of the project financed by ICAR entitled, Project Niche Area of Excellence in Conservation, Cultivation, Processing and Quality evaluation Medicinal and Aromatic plants. About fifty research papers and many books and popular articles have been contributed by him in the field of Medicinal and Aromatic plants. He has been instrumental in organizing seminars, trainings, workshop and symposia on Medicinal and Aromatic plants. He is playing key role in introducing many of these plants into agriculture studies. Cultural and cultivation practices are being undertaken for those plants which are found suitable and remunerative for commercial cultivation.
Shri. A.B.Tiwari, (Taxonomist) is Scientist in Department of Crop and Herbal Physiology, College of Agriculture, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidayalaya, Jabalpur, India. He has vast knowledge of Medicinal and Aromatic plants related to their taxonomy, ethnobotany, healing and pharmaceutical properties. He is Co-PI of many central and state funded research projects. He is author of many extension bulletins and research papers. Cultural and cultivation practices are being undertaken for those plants which are found suitable and remunerative for commercial cultivation.