Interest in medicinal plants as a re-emerging health aid has been fuelled by the rising costs of prescription drugs in the maintenance of personal health and well-being. Herbal-based traditional medicine has become popular in developed countries in recent years, and its use is likely to increase in the coming years. This system has advantages over the modern medicine as it is prophylactic. Therefore, it would be a wise step if most of medicinal plants, which are lesser known to mankind but have immense potential, particularly those which are in high demand and rare should be cultivated and brought into limelight.
The basis for this book originally have been stemmed from the passion of both the authors in order to develop better methods of conveying and spreading the cultivation aspects of many crops and its uses by compiling the information available. As the world moves further into the advanced age, along with generating vast amount of information, there will be a greater need to access legacy plant materials with technology available. Thus this book helps in accessing the information on rare medicinal plants and thereby breaking down barriers of accessibility of limited information.
1. Introduction: The Scope and Importance
2. Devil’s Cotton, Abromaaugusta L.
3. Indian Aconite, Aconitum balfouriiStapf
4. Angelica AngelicaglaucaEdgew
5. Aloewood, AquilariamalaccensisLam.syn. A. agallochaRoxb.
6. Danti, BaliospermummontanumMuell. Arg
7. Brazil Wood, Caesalpiniasappan L.
8. Perfumed Cherry,CallicarpamacrophyllaVahl
10. Tree Turmeric, Cosciniumfenestratum (Gaertn.) Colebr.
11. Kalimusali, CurculigoorchioidesGaertn
12. Black Zedoary, Curcuma caesiaRoxb.
13. Round Zedoary, Curcuma zedoaria(Christ.) Rosc
14. Himalayan Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhizahatagirea(D.Don) Soo
15. Rattalu, DioscoreabulbiferaL.
16. English Speed-Wheel, EvolvulusalsinoidesLinn.
17. White Teak, GmelinaarboreaRoxb
18. Gurmar, GymnemasylvestreR. Br. ex Schult
19. Puskarmool, InularacemosaHook. F
20. Common Juniper, Juniperuscommunis Linn
21. Spikenard, Nardostachys grandiflora DC; Syn. Nardostachysjatamansi DC
22. Turpeeth, Operculinaturpethum (Linn.) Silva-Manso Syn. Ipomoea turpethum R. Bv.
23. Sonapatha, Oroxylumindicum Vent
24. Pistanchio Tree, Pistaciaintegerrima Stew. ex Brandis
25. Indian Podophyllum, PodophyllumhexandrumRoyle
26. Vijaysar, Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb
27. RevandChini, Rheum emodi wall. exMeissn
28. Manjit, Rubiacordifolia L.
29. Kuchila, Strychnosnux-vomica Linn.
30. Rohida Tree,Tecomellaundulata (Sm.) Seem. Syn. Tecomaundulata (Sm.) G. Don.
31. Giloe, Tinosporacordifolia (Willd.) Miers ex HK. f. and Th. Syn. MeninspermumcordifoliumWilld
32. Vellapine, Vateriaindica Linn.
33. BanafshaViola serpensLinn