Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine (Science of Nutrition, Human Anatomy and Body Systems)
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Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine (Science of Nutrition, Human Anatomy and Body Systems)

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Item Code: NAJ955
Author: Dr. Ashok Kumar
Publisher: Chaukhambha Orientalia
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788189469610
Pages: 1904 (189 Color and Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 10.0 inch x 7.5 inch
Weight 2.8 kg

About the Book

 

“I Have never understood, why the human anatomy and complex body systems, at least at the fundamental level, were neither included nor compiled ever with any published work in herbal medicine? It is my strong conviction that without the basic knowledge of the human body, no system of medicine, including herbalism can accomplish the desired goals.”

 

“Whenever, I opted to buy a book on herbal medicine, I found nothing but the nomenclature of herbs, their medicinal uses or at the most, the list of compounds they contain. I began asking questions to myself, without knowing about the plants, the environments of their survival, pharmacognosy, biochemistry, biotechnology, thousands of useful compounds, basic needs of human body, dietetics, diseases, possible role of plants in treating of preventing diseases, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, their synthesis and analysis, human anatomy, body systems, metabolism, diagnostic processes and a host of other vital subjects, how I can gain knowledge or offer information to those who wish to study herbal medicine? And as a consequence of this thought, this book has been evolved in its present state.”

 

“I have tried my best to research and compile the contentst in this book in such a way that the reader is able to know about the subject in its entirety and of course, this has been my sole objective too.”

 

Preface

 

There are hundreds of thousands of books available on herbal medicine, herbs, herbal treatments and other Complimentary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine.

 

Why I chose to author this book? Whenever, I opted to buy a book on herbal medicine, I found nothing but the nomenclature of herbs, their medicinal uses or at the most, the list of compounds they contain. I began asking questions to myself, without knowing about the plants, the environment of their survivals, their photosynthesis process, biochemistry, biotechnology, thousands of useful compounds; basic needs of human body, dietetics, diseases, possible role of plants in treating or preventing such diseases, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, their synthesis and analysis, human anatomy, body systems, metabolism, diagnostic processes and several other vital subjects, how I can gain knowledge or offer information to those who wish to study herbal medicine?

 

Ironically the 'herbs' or 'herbal medicine' has been looked upon and judged by the conventionalists and the advocates of modern medicine, as only something related to a few kitchen garden herbs like mint, basil, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon etc.

 

Customarily, the subjects like biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmacognosy, phytotherapy, ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry, marine pharmacognosy etc., are being studied at different levels for only the research purposes but no professional in the field, author, researcher or even a doctor ever felt the need to compile all this knowledge in a singal treatise as all these subjects are natural to herbal medicine.

 

Further I am of the firm opinion that 'Herbal Medicine' cannot act in its complete sense without the knowledge of nutrition and diet. Nutrition is a complete science in itself but again, it is related to plants, herbal medicine, and eventually to the human health.

 

[ never understood, why the human anatomy and the complex body systems, at least at the fundamental levels, were not included ever with any works in herbal medicine? It is my strong conviction that without the basic knowledge of the human body, no system of medicine can accomplish the desired goals.

 

There are books and research works available in all the above fields by the greatest of the doctors and the masters of the medicine, but for higher and advanced level studies, that too, for allopath) students only.

 

I, therefore, perceived that 1 must author a book, giving equal consideration to the subjects relevant to herbalism; just not at the introductory level but moderate enough to carry the subject to the secondary or graduate levels and present a comprehensive idea of herbal ism in its complete sense.

 

This would be perhaps the first book of its kind on herbal medicine which combines all the possible ingredients of botanical sciences, the science of nutrition and diet, along with the human anatomy and body systems to make it a complete reading.

 

Last but not the least, in the most humble words, 1 wish to clarity that I am not at all an authority on the subject, but this book can be referred to as a research work than a text book. I have spent about three years researching the contents and matter for this book and I am confident, this book in three parts - Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine, The Science of Nutrition and Diet and the Human Anatomy and Body Systems, will meet the aspirations of the readers at all levels.

 

Contents

 

 

Acknowledgement

vii

 

Preface

ix

 

Book 1 (Part I) Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine

 

1.

Materia Medica: An introduction to Herbal Medicine

5

2.

Basic Botany & The Classification of Herbs

23

3.

Fundamental Needs of Human Body

39

4.

Herbal Medicine: An Integral Part of Complementary, Alternative & Integrative Medicine

53

5.

Basics of Biochemistry

75

6.

Metabolism

131

7.

Herbal Preparations

151

8.

Herbal Terminology

169

9.

Herbal Texonomy, Habitat, Characteristics, & Medicinal Uses

198

 

Pictures of Herbal Plants and Shrubs

283

 

Book 1 (Part II) Pharmacognosy

 

1.

Pharmacognosy - Introduction

337

2.

Medical Ethnobotany

340

3.

Ethnophannacology

347

4.

The Study of Phytotherapy

355

5.

Phytochemistry

369

6.

Zoopharmacognosy

434

7.

Marine Pharmacognosy

439

8.

Herbal Interactions

458

9.

Future of Herbal Medicine

490

 

Book 2 Science of Nutrition & Diet

 

1.

Introduction to Nutrition

497

2.

Nutrition and the Cellular Health

507

3.

Nutrition and the Digestive System

515

4.

The Essential Nutrients

517

5.

Antioxidants and Beta-carotenes as Healing Agents

593

6.

Nutrition and the Diet Theory

644

7.

Vegetarianism and the Nutritional Healing

658

8.

Role of Diet in Prevention, Management & Treatment of Diseases

664

9.

Nutrition: Vegetarian vs. Non-vegetarian

693

10.

Cancer and Non-vegetarian Diet

701

11.

Inflammation and on-vegetarian Diet

708

12.

Diet Helps Combat Pain

716

13.

Obesity and Diet-Fats

726

14.

Nutrition: Herbal and Green Teas

734

15.

Nutrition: Fruit and Vegetable Juices

743

16.

Eating Disorders

753

17.

Organic Foods, Health and the Safe Environment

763

 

Book 3 (Part I) Human Anatomy

 

1.

General Anatomy

 

1.1

Human Anatomy & body systems

773

2.

The Upper Limb

 

2.1

Bones of the upper limb

783

2.2

Vessels, lymphatic drainage & the breast

808

2.3

Shoulder & the Axilla

817

2.4

Arm and Elbow

853

2.5

Forearm

869

2.6

Hand

885

3.

The Lower Limb

 

3.1

Bones of the Lower Limb

911

3.2

Blood Vessels & the lymphatic drainage

951

3.3

The Gluteal Region

963

3.4

Thigh and Knee

976

3.5

The Leg

1008

3.6

The Ankle and Foot

1023

4.

The Thorax

 

4.1

The Thorax

1053

4.2

Thoracic wall & Mediastinum

1063

4.3

The Esophagus, Trachea & Main Bronchi

1082

4.4

Pleurae and Lungs

1093

4.5

The Pericardium and Heart

1111

4.6

Blood Vessels, Lymphatic Drainage & Nerves

1131

5.

The Abdomen

 

5.1

Abdominal Walls, Viscera & Peritoneum

1142

5.2

The Esophagus, Stomach & Intestines

1174

5.3

Liver, Billiary Passages, Pancreas & Spleen

1190

5.4

Kidneys, Ureters & Suprarenal Glands

1201

5.5

Blood Vessels, Lymphatic Drainage & Nerves

1209

6

The Pelvis

 

6.1

Bones, Joints and Walls

1218

6.2

Blood Vessels, Lymphatic Drainage & Nerves

1229

6.3

Ureter, Bladder & Urethra

1237

6.4

Male Genitalia

1245

6.5

Female Genitalia

1255

6.6

Rectum and Anal Canal

1268

6.7

Pelvic Diaphragm/Pelvic Fascia/Levatorani

1273

6.8

The Perineal Region

1279

7.

The Back

 

7.1

Vertebral Column

1288

7.2

Muscles, Vessels, Nerves and Joints

1304

7.3

Spinal Cord and Meninges

1316

8.

The Head and Neck

 

8.1

Skull & the Hyoid Bone

1322

8.2

The Brain, Cranial Nerves and Meninges

1348

8.3

The Ear

1388

8.4

The Orbit

1403

8.5

The Eye

1418

8.6

The Scalp, Auricle and Face

1429

8.7

The Parotid, Temporal and Infratemporal Regions

1437

8.8

The Submandibular Region

1455

8.9

The Neck

1462

8.10

The Mouth, Tongue and Teeth

1498

8.11

The Nose and Paranasal Sinuses

1511

8.12

The Pharynx and Larynx

1521

9.

The Radiological Anatomy

 

9.1

Radiological Anatomy

1540

10.

The Essential Practices

 

10.1

Medical Terminology

1554

10.2

Medical Abbreviations

1572

10.3

Prescription Abbreviations

1588

10.4

Clinical Lab Tests & Normal Reference Ranges

1592

 

Book 3 (Part II) The Body Systems

 

 

All the Body Systems

 

1.1

The Nervous System

1604

1.2

The Muscuskeletal System

1625

1.3

The Immune System

1652

1.4

The Integumentary System (Skin, hair and nails)

1672

1.5

The Digestive System

1686

1.6

The Circulatory System

1705

1.7

The Urinary System

1736

1.8

The Respiratory System

1749

1.9

The Male Reproductive System

1766

1.10

The Female Reproductive System

1789

1.11

The Endocrine System

1810

1.12

The Festibular System

1826

 

Bibliography

1843

 

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