Editor: Saheed Sabiu

Therapeutic Use of Plant Secondary Metabolites

eBook: US $89 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $142
Printed Copy: US $98
Library License: US $356
ISBN: 978-981-5050-63-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5050-62-2 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2022
DOI: 10.2174/97898150506221220101


The book is an evidence-based reference about biochemical mechanisms of action of plant secondary metabolites. It conveys an understanding about how plant-based therapies work, and explains their role in the treatment of complementary and alternative medicine for in the treatment of diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, microbial infections, etc., The 15 chapters are written by eminent scholars, lecturers, and experts in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), industrial and medicinal plants, phytotherapeutics, and phytoinformatics. Reports on health benefits of specific phytochemicals are also highlighted. In addition to basic concepts in medicinal chemistry and ethnopharmacology, the book covers the role of modern computer techniques in developing new pharmaceuticals from plat sources.

Therapeutic Uses of Plant Secondary Metabolites is timely and valuable reference for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in medicinal chemistry, as well as researchers and professionals in IKS, phytomedicine, ethnopharmacology, phytopharmacology, plant biotechnology, drug discovery and development, and phytotherapeutics.

Audience: Researchers in the field of IKS, phytomedicine, ethnopharmacology, phytopharmacology, plant biotechnology, drug discovery and development, and phytotherapeutics; students of medicinal chemistry programs.


For centuries, plants have played vital roles in biological beings' economic, social, spiritual, cultural and health wellbeing. Interestingly, through knowledge and advances in research and technology, human beingare gaining a deeper understanding of the significant contributions of plants to human and animal health and development. There is abundant evidence showing that medicinal plants and their secondary metabolites are useful in preventing, ameliorating and in the treatment of various disease conditions such as diabetes, cancer, bacterial, fungal and viral infections. I am aware that many books on medicinal plants and secondary metabolites are in the market and university libraries. However, the current book on “Therapeutic use of plant secondary metabolites” is unique in its content, diversity, and originality of materials. Its depth and expertise of various national and international contributors make it a must-have and a must-read for scientists in the field of medicinal plants, agriculture, food science, postgraduate students, health professionals, and traditional healers. The book covers important topics such as drug discovery and their metabolites in health management, plant secondary metabolites as therapeutic agents in degenerative and microbial infections, etc. The topics are well-structured, covering 15 chapters (chapters 1-15). These topics/chapters provide a framework and stimuli for further in-depth research in the field.

I strongly endorse the book.

Oluwafemi Omoniyi Oguntibeju
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Health & Wellness Sciences
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Bellville, South Africa