Discovering the therapeutic applications of medicinal plants


Both Asia and Africa are home to many plants that can be used for the treatment of many diseases and their medicinal properties are gaining interest in western societies. Medicinal plants from Asia and Africa are used for their healing abilities and also have a symbolic meaning in communities.

The importance of traditional autochthonous plant remedies plays a crucial role in the health of millions of people of these two continents. Even today, traditional medicine represents the dominant medical system for millions of people showing a significant impact on health care practices. Therefore, traditional operators still represent a vital part of regional healthcare systems. For this reason, pharmaceutical industries consider traditional medicine as a source for the identification of bioactive compounds that can be used in the preparation of synthetic drugs.

Biologically Active Natural Products from Asia and Africa: A Selection of Topics guides the reader to information about new natural products from these regions and the different ways to use them to treat or alleviate many of the most common diseases.

The volume presents nine topics covering a number of facets of natural product medicine including:

    – pharmaceutical analysis of anti-diabetic herbal medicines from Bangladesh and local retailers

    – caffeine intake and the risk of female infertility

    – pharmaceutical analysis of Urena sinuata (bur mallow)

    – anti-CHIKV activities of diterpenes and their derivatives

    – anti-inflammatory nanogel for the treatment of psoriasis

    – antlithiatic properties of Moroccan medicinal plants

    – ethnobotanic, phytochemical and biological activities of Aristolochia longa L. (pipevine)

    – wound healing potential of combined extracts of stem bark and leaves of sphenocentrum jollyanum (an African shrub)

This is a handy reference for specialists and R&D experts in pharmaceutical chemistry who wish to be informed about current knowledge on developing natural remedies in Asia and Africa

About the Authors

Professor Anna Capasso received her Degree in Pharmacy (1986), Master in Pharmacology (1988), Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1992) from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. During her Ph.D. studies, she studied the interferences between glucocorticoids and the opioid system. From 1993 to 2002, she was the researcher in Pharmacology. From 2002 till today, she is an associate professor of Pharmacology at the University of Salerno, Italy. Professor Capasso is the founder and editor-in-chief of Pharmacologyonline. She is also an editor-in-chief of the Open Biochemistry Journal and an associate editor of the Open Neurology Journal. She is also the member of the editorial board of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, Phytotherapy Research, Current Medicinal Chemistry, Current Medicinal Chemistry-Central Nervous System Agents, Letters in Drug Design & Discovery, Medicina, Biomedical Research, and many others. Prof. Capasso is also the member of the Italian Society of Pharmacology, the Italian Society of Neurosciences, and the International Narcotics Research Conference Group. Prof. Capasso’s research is documented by about 500 publications (H-index: 28), including full papers, book chapters, and congressional papers. Her research topics are: neuropharmacology, neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, and addiction.


Medicinal plants, bioactive compounds, synthetic drugs, herbal medicines, pharmaceutical analysis, biological activities, natural product

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