Herbs for Health and Healing

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Item Code: IDE663
Author: Ranjit Roy Chaudhury
Publisher: New Dawn Press
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 9781904910978
Pages: 102 (Color Illus: 20)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 160 gm
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From the Jacket:

The stress and strain of modern-day living takes its toll on our mind and body. Lack of time and patience make us resort to methods, which provide instant relief, and often we forget that the answer to a problem is effective cure. Modern medicine has made many discoveries yet the side-effects of many of the wonder drugs cannot be ignored. This book, on medicinal plants and their curative powers, is a compilation of articles written for Asian Age by the author. The articles are interesting and informative and throw light on the little known facts about various herbs.

What makes this book stand out amongst countless number of books on alternative medicine is that healing properties of each medicinal plant has been explained in detail, and many of them are from ancient traditional books on medicine of the Indian as well as the Chinese cultures. The readers are also made aware about the importance of the many treasured herbs and also the issue of patent regarding the same. A fountain of knowledge on medicinal plants, this book is a must for professional as well as personal collection.

About the Author:

Padma Shri Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury is one of the leading clinical pharmacologists in the country. He was the Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Dean at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, where he initiated the D.M. Course in Clinical Pharmacology. He has held important positions in the World Health Organization for fifteen years.

Currently Prof. Roy Chaudhury is Emeritus Scientist at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, and UNESCO Professor of Rational Use of Drugs at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He is also the President of the Delhi Medical Council, Coordinator of the India-WHO Programme on Essential Drugs and Chairman of the National Subcommission in Macroeconomics and Health.

Prof. Roy Chaudhury has written several books and received many national and international honours, the UNESCO UNITWIN award (2002) and K.N. UDUPA award (2003) being the latest.



When the newspaper Asian Age was first brought out in 1994, on 16 February, I was invited to write a fortnightly column on Alternative Medicine for the newspaper. I did this for one year.

The articles I wrote in the column brought readers closer to medicinal plants and I received many letters from people asking either for more information or for help regarding their problems. These articles covered a wide range of subjects. The article on “Spices from your kitchen cabinet have medicinal properties also” elicited widespread interest. The public was informed about the anti-fatigue properties of the plant Truchphus zeylanicus, discovered by the Kani tribes. This is now available in the market as a medicine.

An article entitled “India should get a patent on haldi as an anti-inflammatory drug” was printed well before two scientists in USA obtained a patent which was then challenged by the Government of India. After spending an enormous amount of effort and money, India won the case. All this could have been avoided had heed been paid to this articles.

It is gratifying to note that the plants mentioned in the article “Plants can increase resistance to AIDS” are now being clinically evaluated for their beneficial effect on AIDS. The first article “Ancient Chinese text provides a new cure for malaria” was prophetic. Today, the three most effective drugs for treatment of malaria available to modern medicine are from Artemesia annua.

The use od medicinal plants in South America described in “Healing practices of Amazonian Indians” and the articles on “Western medicinal plants are equally effective” brought to the Indian public information about medicinal plants used abroad.

The present- day public will find the topics described in these columns interesting. It is for this reason that these fortnightly column write- ups have now been brought together in this publication entitled Herbs for Health and Healing.

I am grateful to the Editor- in Chief of Asian Age, Mr MJ Akbar, for granting me permission to publish these articles as a book. I hope that the readers today find this compilation as interesting and informative as the articles were to the readers of Asian Age.




  Preface v
1. Artemesia annua - Cure for Malaria 1
2. Varun - Cure for Enlarged Prostate 4
3. Unani Medicine Treats Chronic Viral Hepatitis 7
4. Periwinkle Treats Leukaemia 9
5. Avoid Surgery, Go for Medicated Thread Treatment 12
6. Treat Rheumatism and Sciatica with Night Jasmine 15
7. Ebony Fruits - Effective Hookworm Killers 17
8. Cure for Plague in Traditional Medicine 20
9. Make Place for Herbal Medicines at Your Home 23
10. Medicinal Properties of Spices from Kitchen Cabinet 25
11. Tulsi - A Wonder Herb 28
12. Ginger Power 30
13. Cure for Chronic Asthma 33
14. Prevent Memory Loss with Brahmi 35
15. Healing Practices of Amazonian Indians 38
16. Western Medicinal Plants 40
17. Gum Guggal Prevents Coronary Disorders 43
18. Plants Can Increase Resistance to AIDS 46
19. Protect Your Liver with Herbs 49
20. Cure Diarrhoea with Herbs 51
21. Fight Cancer with Herbs 54
22. Wound Healing, the Vedic Way 57
23. Patent on Haldi 59
24. Rising Popularity of Tibetan Medicine 61
25. Neem As a Disinfectant and Analgesic 64
26. Ayurvedic, Unani Medicines Catching Up in England 67
27. A Good Time for Herbal Medicines 70
28. The Need of the Hour - Medicines from Plants 73
29. Fruits - Cure for All Stomach Ailments 76
30. Herbs - Safe Performance Boosters 78
31. Plants Extracts as Aphrodisiacs 81
32. Herbal Contraceptive 83
33. Traditional Plants Help Lactating Mothers 85
34. Cure for Fatigue 87
35. Male Oral Contraceptive 89
36. Neem - The Treasured Herb 92


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