Editor: Mohamed Eddouks

Phytotherapy in the Management of Diabetes and Hypertension

Volume 2

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ISSN: 2452-3224 (Print)
ISSN: 2452-3232 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-162-5 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-161-8 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810816181160201

Introduction

Phytotherapy has the potential to give patients long term benefits with less or no side effects. This is the second volume of the series. This volume brings 11 chapters that cover updates on general phytotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine as well as information on anti-diabetic and antihypertensive herbs (including Senna spp., Curcumin, Carum carvi, Premna serratifolia, Eugenia jambolana and more). The monographs presented within this volume give several details necessary for pharmacopoeial data for quality assurance of pharmaceutical products derived from these specific plant sources: botanical features, distribution, identity tests, purity requirements, chemical assays, active or major chemical constituents, clinical applications, pharmacology, contraindications, warnings, precautions, potential adverse reactions, and posology. Hence academic and professional pharmacologists or clinicians will find comprehensive information on a variety of therapeutic agents along with guidelines for applying them in practical phytotherapy of diabetes and hypertension.

Foreword

Diabetes and hypertension are two of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the world. According to the 2012 World Health Organization’s statistics report, one in three adults worldwide has raised blood pressure while one in ten adults have diabetes. Prof. Mohamed Eddouks has crafted a book entitled “Phytotherapy in the Management of Diabetes and Hypertension”, bringing out a timely volume with contributors from several continents. Following the success of Volume 1, various aspects of these two prevalent diseases are discussed in the second volume.

A number of topics are covered in 11 chapters, including a comprehensive overview on the herbal pharmacotherapy of hypertension, an overview on the new approaches for the treatment of diabetes and hypertension using herbal medicines; combating diabetes with indigenous medicinal plants. In addition to the overviews, there are nine chapters focusing on specific herbs and plants for the prevention and treatment of these chronic diseases, including some Chinese medicines, curcumin, silymarin, caraway (Carum carvi L.), Premna serratifolia Linn. (Arani), Eugenia jambolana. Lam., Coccinia indica Wight and plants belonging to the genus Senna.

With the advance in technologies, more in-depth understanding on the pathogenesis of the diseases and more robust investigations on phytomedicine, I envision that phytotherapy will play an important role in the management of diabetes and hypertension. This book would be a treasure for the field; it gathers traditional wisdoms, contemporary experimental studies and clinical trials for quite a number of promising phytomedicines for the prevention and treatment of these prevalent chronic diseases.

This is an e-book published by Bentham Science Publishers, which is different from the traditional concept of hard or soft cover book. This approach will make the book more easily accessible to a wider section of readers. It is a great pleasure on my part to pen a foreword for this nice, multiauthored, international publication on a topic very close to my heart. I profoundly wish the editor a great success and will look forward to see more Volumes culminating from this beginning. I also extend my sincere thanks to all the contributors for their excellent efforts in making this book a good reference for the readers.

William C.S. Cho
Department of Clinical Oncology,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
Hong Kong
Southern Medical University
Nanjing Medical University
Ningxia University
Ningxia Medical University
China


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