Medicinal Plants in Tropical West Africa by Bep Oliver-Bever

By Bep Oliver-Bever

First released in 1986, this publication describes an important medicinal crops in tropical West Africa and related humid tropical climates. After a quick creation approximately early conventional drugs, the majority of the ebook provides an account of in the neighborhood happening crops, grouped through their medicinal activities. crops that impact the cardiovascular and worried structures are mentioned, as are people with antibiotic, insecticidal and molluscicidal houses. these which have an effect on the hormonal structures of people are catalogued and so are others that act as adrenal-cortex, intercourse and thyroid hormones. there's a complete botanical index, consisting of the widely chanced on synonyms for plenty of of the vegetation and the paintings is illustrated by means of the author's personal water colors. it can be of specific curiosity and use to pharmacists, biochemists, botanists and pharmacologists and of significant worth to people who make the most in the community to be had assets in treating illnesses in tropical components.

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The very toxic latex contains a cardiac heteroside, calotroposide, with an aglycone identical to ouabain, and seven other heteroside alkaloids; calotropin, calactin, calotoxin, uscharin, uscharidin, voruscharin and proceroside. , 1963,1964). Besides the heterosides the latex is reported to contain amyrin, traces of glutathione and a proteolytic enzyme, 'calotropain'. 2 ml/kg). They also produce marked vasoconstriction in frog and rat and a persistent rise in blood pressure in the dog, which cannot be altered by any sympathetic drug (Derasari and Shah, 1965; Indian Council of Medical Research, 1976).

Crude papain is of considerable commercial importance. In addition to its pharmaceutical applications, great quantities are used in the brewing industry (chill-proofing beer), in the food industry (in pre-cooked foods and in meattenderizing preparations), and in the manufacture of chewing gum.

Of these alkaloids at least 50% is Fig. 8(a). Holarrhenine. (CH 3 ) 2 N Fig. 8(b). 5/3-pregnane. CH2 CH3 39 conessine, used mainly for its antibiotic action, which is not relevant here. , 1959, 1960). Further acid phenols (p-hydroxybenzoic, protocatechuic and p-coumaric acids) are found in the leaves of Holarrhena and quercetol and kaempferol flavonols are found in the leaves and seeds (Paris and Duret, 1973). Many of the steroid alkaloids derived from conamine, holarrhenine (Fig. 8a) or pregnane (Fig.

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