Written by internationally renowned scientist and author Thomas S.C. Li, Taiwanese Native Medicinal Plants presents information critical to assessing the medicinal potential of Taiwanese herbs. A comprehensive review of chemical constituents, toxicity, and therapeutic values, the book focuses on documentation of the chemical components present and their therapeutic properties. The author begins with a general introduction regarding the geographic advantages for growing varieties of medicinal plants, followed by tables presenting information on the major constituents and therapeutic values of more than 1000 species. He includes an index, three appendices cross-referencing major chemical components and their sources, and the common and scientific names of the medicinal plants cited in the table. Arranged alphabetically by Latin name into tables, the information is easy to find and the book easy to use.
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"...an extremely comprehensive review of the phytopharmacology of more than a thousand medicinal species native to Taiwan...not only useful for indicating how the plants reviewed may be used therapeutically, but also points out their potential for toxicity. ...There are relatively few books that are as genuinely scholarly, authoritative, and comprehensive...a veritable treasure chest of essential and fascinating information critical to all of the health-care professionals who deal in one way or another with medicinal plants. Dr. Li, an internationally renowned scientist with extremely extensive research experience, is to be congratulated on this superb and invaluable synthesis. [the book] represents a milestone in educating the world about a gold mine of medicinal knowledge."
-- Ernest Small, Ph.D., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
"This is a concise book. The appendices are useful in translating common plant names into scientific plant names. As a result, researchers who are not familiar with scientific plant names can easily refer to the appendices for help. A tremendous amount of effort has been spent in compiling all the information. ... this is a book to have on the bookshelf of any natural product research laboratory."
– Y. Han Lau, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Economic Botany, Volume 61, No. 1, 2007
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