Editors: Ferid Murad , Atta-ur-Rahman , Ka Bian

Series Title: Herbal Medicine Back to the Future

Infectious Diseases

Volume 5

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ISSN: 2542-9981 (Print)
ISSN: 2542-999X (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-923-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-922-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2021
DOI: 10.2174/97816810892251210501


Herbal Medicine: Back to the Future compiles expert reviews on the application of herbal medicines (including Ayurveda, Chinese traditional medicines and alternative therapies) to treat different ailments. The book series demonstrates the use of sophisticated methods to understand traditional medicine, while providing readers a glimpse into the future of herbal medicine.

Volume 5 continues the theme of the previous volume by featuring reviews of plant based therapies useful for treating different infectious diseases. Topics in this volume are of general interest to computational chemistry researchers, physicians and a broad range of allied healthcare practitioners. Other highlights of this volume include contributions about COVID-19, and traditional medicine in Algeria and China. The topics included in this volume are:

  • - Improving curcumin and eugenol through computational chemistry and nanotechnology
  • - Herbal remedies for respiratory tract infections
  • - COVID-19 pandemic: a comprehensive overview of epidemiological, pathogenesis, diagnostic aspects and therapeutic interventions to tackle current outbreak
  • - Application of mid-infrared spectroscopy on therapeutic effects of herbal medicine in infectious diseases
  • - Traditional herbal uses from Algerian pharmacopoeia against infectious diseases
  • - Traditional Chinese medicine for treating infectious diseases: history, progress, and perspectives

This volume is essential reading for all researchers in the field of natural product chemistry and pharmacology. Medical professionals involved in internal medicine who seek to improve their knowledge about herbal medicine and alternative therapies for tropical and other infectious diseases will also benefit from the contents of the volume.

Audience: Medical and allied healthcare professionals, Infectious disease specialists, researchers interested in herbal medicine, drug discovery and computational chemistry


Herbal Medicine: Back to the Future presents expert reviews on the applications of herbal medicines (including Ayurveda, Chinese traditional medicines, and alternative therapies). This volume demonstrates the use of sophisticated methods to explore traditional medicine, while providing readers a glimpse into the future of herbal medicine.

The book is a valuable resource for pharmaceutical scientists and postgraduate students seeking updated and critically important information regarding natural product chemistry and pharmacology of natural materials in the treatment of infectious diseases. The chapters are written by authorities in the field. Cundell, in chapter 1, reviews the antimicrobial properties of curcumin and eugenol, with their modes of action. Armutcu and Kucukbayrak, in chapter 2, present various herbal medicines that are effective against respiratory tract infections (RTIs) and their therapeutic mechanisms. Arya et al. in chapter 3, provide a comprehensive overview of epidemiological, pathogenesis, diagnostic aspects, and therapeutic interventions to tackle the current outbreak of COVID-19. Severcan et al. in chapter 4, discuss the applications of mid-infrared spectroscopy in the investigation of the constituents of herbal medicines used in infectious diseases. Tahri et al. in chapter 5, focus on the traditional uses of plants in Algerian pharmacopoeia against infectious diseases. In the last chapter of the book, Wang et al. discuss the use of ancient Chinese herbal medicines for treating infectious diseases.

We hope that the readers involved in the study of infectious diseases will find these reviews valuable and thought provoking so that they may trigger further research on herbal medicines and alternative therapies.

We are grateful for the timely efforts made by the editorial personnel, especially Mr. Mahmood Alam (Editorial Director), Mr. Obaid Sadiq (In-charge Books Department), and Ms. Asma Ahmed (Senior Manager Publications), at Bentham Science Publishers for the publication of this book.

Ferid Murad (Nobel Laureate)
Palo Alto Veterans Hospital

Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS
University of Cambridge

Ka Bian
George Washington University
School of Medicine


.An Update on SARS-CoV-2: Damage-response Framework, Potential Therapeutic Avenues and the Impact of Nanotechnology on COVID-19 Therapy.
.COVID-19: Effects in Comorbidities and Special Populations.
.Current Developments in the Detection and Control of Multi Drug Resistance.
.Moving From COVID-19 Mathematical Models to Vaccine Design: Theory, Practice and Experiences.