Compiled by the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia(R), this volume
addresses the lack of authoritative microscopic descriptions of
those medicinal plant species currently in trade. It includes an
atlas providing detailed text and graphic descriptions of more than
140 medicinal plant species and their adulterants.
Designed to meet the needs of the herbal products industry,
regulatory agencies, and academic researchers, the book covers
plant anatomy at a level appropriate for the pharmacognostic
analysis of plant tissues, provides extensive coverage of the
history and importance of botanical microscopy, and gives
instruction on how to set up a microscopy lab and prepare, view,
and archive whole and powdered plant parts for microscopic
The atlas portion is repeated on an included CD-that also holds
extra full color art. The botanicals covered represent 90 percent
of the dollar value of botanical sales in the United States The
focus is on those species that are in high use, and those that are
commonly adulterated or potentially. It also covers a number of
popular Asian botanicals, providing the first English language
description for many of these.
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