Textbook of Pharmacognosy
  by S.S. Handa & V.K. Kapoor
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   ISBN 81-85731-26-8; 2nd Ed. 2003, Rpt 2015; pp.viii+400

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   Book meets the didactic needs in the subject of pharmacognosy, and is being extensively used in pharmacy schools and other institutions all over the country. The book is also proving of interest to students of Ayurvedic institutions and to those having interest in Indian medicinal plants and herbal remedies.
    Chapters on phytoconstituents of therapeutic importance and trends in use of herbal drugs including the regulatory aspects, plants with antiulcer activity, plants for mental health, and plant sweeteners are included.
    Drugs from natural sources can be classified following any of the four systems of classification viz. chemical, morphological, taxonomical and pharmacological (or therapeutic). Each of these systems of classification has its own merits and demerits. The book adopts pharmacological (therapeutic) classification of drugs.
    Accordingly the plants that find use in medicine have been described under broader therapeutic categories such as drugs affecting digestive system, cardiovascular drugs, anticancer drugs, adaptogens etc. Chapters on antibiotics, enzymes, hormones, vitamins, and also on counter-irritants and antiseptic-disinfectants, have been written. The subject of pharmacognosy does not limit its scope to the naturally occurring substances with medicinal value but also covers ancillary substances used in practice of medicine. Keeping this in mind chapters on perfumes and flavouring agents, fibres, surgical dressings and sutures, technical products and pharmaceutical aids have been included. Drug evaluation and standardization, adverse reactions and interaction of some herbal drugs are other useful additions. Looking into the resurgence of interest in traditional systems of medicine, a special chapter on Ayurvedic dosage forms has been incorporated to familiarize the pharmacists with the commonly used dosage forms and the basic methods employed for their preparation as per Ayurvedic classics. Useful appendices on Therapeutic drug classification, Chemical classification, Morphological classification, Different plant parts used as drugs and a Glossary of medical terms have been included.


1. Introduction
2. Natural Sources of Drugs
3. Classification of Drugs of Natural Origin
4. Phytoconstituents of Therapeutic Significance
5. Trends in Use of Herbal Drugs
6. Drug Evaluation and Standardisation
7. Drugs Affecting Digestive System
8. Antidysentric Drugs
9. Cardiovascular Drugs
10. Drugs Acting on the Central Nervous System
11. Drugs Affecting Respiratory System
12. Anticancer Drugs
13. Antirheumatic Drugs
14. Diuretic Drugs
15. Antimalarial Drugs
16. Hallucinogenic Drugs
17. Antidiabetic Drugs
18. Antileprotic Drugs
19. Antileucodermal Plants
20. Liver Protecting Drugs
21. Adaptogens
22. Miscellaneous Plant Drugs
23. Antibiotics
24. Oxytocics
25. Enzymes
26. Hormones
27. Vitamins
28. Counter-irritants
29. Antiseptics and Disinfectants
30. Technical Products and Pharmaceutical Aids
31. Perfumes and Flavouring Agents
32. Fibres, Surgical Dressings and Sutures
33. Adverse Reactions and Interactions of some Herbal Drugs and Natural Products
34. Introduction to Ayurvedic Dosage Forms

Therapeutic Classification of Drugs of Natural Origin
II Chemical Classification of Drugs of Natural Origin
III Phytoconstituents of Medicinal Use
IV Different Plant Parts as Drugs
V Glossary of Medical Terms