The Herbal Power of Orchids
Orchids are some of the nature most gorgeous creation. The authors try to reveal the treasures and secrets of orchids. The book provides the currently available information on ethnomedicine, ethnobotany and traditional knowledge. It identifies its phytochemical and pharmacological important compounds and discusses the results of experimental, preclinical and clinical studies with extracts of orchid species. The authors introduce the reader into the chemistry of plant toxins and the major alkaloids synthesized by the bio chemistry of orchids. TCM uses many orchids as ingredient in their herbal formulation. They transfer the indication and results into the nomenclature and terminology of the western medicine in a way, easy to read and to understand. The authors do not intent to write a scientific book for the scientist, but to meet the challenge of a reader interested in herbal orchids who would like to view this subject from different angles eager to discover the secrets of orchids and learn how difficult it is to unlock their treasures. We compiled the available up-to-date knowledge and the opinion of different authors in this field to present a comprehensive over all view of the herbal use of orchids.