Importance of herbs (medicinal plants) can hardly be overemphasized. They are exploited for manyfold applications, ranging from phytopharmaceuticals, to nutraceuticals, to cosmetics and many others. Keeping in view the richness of herbs and their vast potential, this book collates the most up-to-date knowledge of important herbs and herbals. The book also gives an overview of some issues causing hindrance in the promotion of herbals. This book attempts to compile the rich experience of experts working on various herbs. New age single plant species, having multiple medicinal traits worth exploiting i.e. Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn), and Morinda citrifolia (noni) also find place as full chapters in the book.
1.Introduction 2. Indian Genetic Resources of Medicinal plants 3.Cultivation and Bioprospecting of Medicinal Plants 4.New Age Medicinal Plants (a) Research and Development on Noni (Morinda citrifolia) (b) Indian Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rahmnoides) (c) Research and Development on Artemisia annua 5.New Age Herbal Veterinary Medicines 6.Improved varieties and hybrids of medicinal and aromatic plants. 7.Quality control of raw material of medicinal and aromatic plants 8.Quality control on herbal raw material. 9. Phyto-adaptogen and promoting adaptation 10. Ayurvedic medicinal plants with neuronutrient and immuno-enhancing effects. 11. ICAR, Research and Development on Medicinal Plants. 12.Common diseases and insect-pest management in medicinal plants. 13.PPV&FRA and Indian Medicinal plants. 14. Medical Radiation Countermeasures: Herbal solutions, Evidences and Challenges therein. 15.DRDO Herbal Research 16. Advances in Phytomedicines --- tentative 17.Proposed Policy for Promotion of Herbal Industry in India 18.Role of Biotechnology in Improvement of Medicinal Plants.