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South American Medicinal Plants

Botany, Remedial Properties and General Use

  • Ingrid Roth
  • Helga Lindorf
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Ingrid Roth, Helga Lindorf
    Pages 1-69
  3. Ingrid Roth, Helga Lindorf
    Pages 71-467
  4. Ingrid Roth, Helga Lindorf
    Pages 467-467
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 469-492

About this book

Introduction

Books dealing with medicinal herbs have been forests by man. Furthermore, the knowledge of use­ ful and medicinal plants is lost as soon as tradition much in demand in the last decade, since interest in the use of 'healing plants' instead of chemistry vanishes through the import of new products from wrapped up in the form of pills has gradually in­ industrialized countries. Already in 1926, PITTIER creased. Interest in natural methods of healing by regreted that the use as well as the production of medicinal plants advanced with the ecological con­ indigenous medicinal-herbal products, foodstuffs science of man. European officinal plants are well and other local industrial vegetable products, such known and have already been applied for hundreds as special oils, waxes, fibers, tannic substances, cork of years or even more. However, as the tropical etc. , diminished alarmingly, as importation of arti­ forests attracted more attention, the great wealth of ficial or foreign products from the USA and Europe increased. This decrease in natural indigenous pro­ useful plants stored in tropical regions became ob­ vious. India is probably a leading country in the duction continues up to the present day such that knowledge of indigenous tropical medicinal plants, also the knowledge of these useful plants is being some of which are also known or are even common gradually forgotten. As local industries disap­ in Europe. Further useful and medicinal plants peared, unemployment consequently increased.

Keywords

Flora Heilpflanzen Nutzpflanzen Pharmakognosis Phytomedizin Phytotherapie South America Südamerika Venezuela botanics medicinal plants pharmacognosy phytomedicine phytotherapy useful plants

Authors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Roth
    • 1
  • Helga Lindorf
    • 2
  1. 1.MünstertalGermany
  2. 2.Biología TropicalUniversidad Central de VenezuelaCaracasVenezuela

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-04698-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07544-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04698-2
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