Medical Plants in Infectious Disease

Herbalism (“herbology” or “herbal medicine”) is the use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of such use. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today. Modern medicine recognizes medical plants as a form of alternative medicine, as the practice of herbalism is not strictly based on evidence-gathered scientific method. Modern medicine, does, however, make use of many plant-derived compounds as the basis for evidence-tested pharmaceutical drugs, and phytotherapy works to apply modern standards of effectiveness testing to herbs and medicines that are derived from natural sources.

 

In the present book, twelve typical literatures about medical plants in infectious diseases published on international authoritative journals were selected to introduce the worldwide newest progress, which contains reviews or original researches on medical science, herbalism, virology, epidemiology, ect. We hope this book can demonstrate advances in medical plants in infectious diseases as well as give references to the researchers, students and other related people.

Components of the Book:
  • Chapter 1
    Traditional Health Practitioners’ Perceptions, Herbal Treatment and Management of HIV and Related Opportunistic Infections
  • Chapter 2
    Efficiently Prepared Ephedrine Alkaloids-Free Ephedra Herb Extract: A Putative Marker and Antiproliferative Effects
  • Chapter 3
    Ethnobotanical and Antimicrobial Study of Some Selected Medicinal Plants Used in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) as a Potential Source to Cure Infectious Diseases
  • Chapter 4
    Extract of Scutellaria Baicalensis Inhibits Dengue Virus Replication
  • Chapter 5
    Extracts from Acacia Catechu Suppress HIV-1 Replication by Inhibiting the Activities of the Viral Protease and Tat
  • Chapter 6
    In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of Selected Medicinal Plants Traditionally Used in Vietnam against Human Pathogenic Bacteria
  • Chapter 7
    In Vitro Anti-Herpes Simplex Virus Activity of Crude Extract of the Roots of Nauclea Latifolia Smith (Rubiaceae)
  • Chapter 8
    In Vitro Anti-Mycobacterial Activity of Selected Medicinal Plants against Mycobacterium Tuberculosis and Mycobacterium Bovis Strains
  • Chapter 9
    In Vitro Antimycobacterial and Cytotoxicdata on Medicinal Plants Used to Treat Tuberculosis
  • Chapter 10
    Natural Compounds Isolated from Brazilian Plants Are Potent Inhibitors of Hepatitis C Virus Replication in Vitro
  • Chapter 11
    Inhibitory Effects of Crude Extracts from Some Edible Thai Plants against Replication of Hepatitis B Virus and Human Liver Cancer Cells
  • Chapter 12
    Sambucus Nigra Extracts Inhibit Infectious Bronchitis Virus at an Early Point during Replication
Readership: Students, academics, teachers and other people attending or interested in Medical Plants in Infectious Disease
Denver Davids
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Naohiro Oshima
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, International University of Health and Welfare, Kitakanemaru, Ohtawara city Japan

Manuela Donalisio
Laboratory of Molecular Virology, Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, University of Turin, Torino, Italy

Joseph M. Nguta
Department of Clinical Pathology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Ghana

Abdella Gemechu
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health and Medical Science, Haramaya University, Harar, Ethiopia

Christie Chen
Division of Natural Science and Mathematics, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, USA

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