viii, 192p., 23 cm. (Indian Medical Science Series No. 48)
CONTENTS:- 1. Reminiscences of some ancient Indian medicinal drug plants. 2. Soma. 3. Cannabis. 4. Genus Cannabis Linn. 5. Datura. 6. Datura Linn. 7. Plants used in Ayurvedic system of medicine for Madhumeya (Diabetes). 8. Some Ayurvedic plants showing immuno-modulating activity. 9. Immunization against bacterial and viral infections using Ayurvedic plants. 10. Indian medicinal plants used in management of Tumors (Cancers). 11. Electomagnetic effects on human tissue systems. 12. Medicinal plants having Anticonvulsant activities. 13. Calotropis and Zingiber in migraine head-ache.
The study of plant-life and medicine is closely related. Its genesis may be traced in various verses of the Rg-veda which culminated in the monumental treatises of Charaka and Susruta. These ancient works record innumerable applications of herbs as medicines in as much it deals exhaustively with their application in diseases and the preparation of drugs. In the present book the author had tried to trace the origin of some of the most important drug plants and their uses in different maladies. A special drug plant called 'Soma' –its description from ancient Hindu books is also studied.