Ethnobotanical Leaflets 11: 212-216. 2007.
Scientific Publications in Herbals
Amrit Pal Singh, Herbal Consultant
Address for correspondence:
Dr. Amrit Pal Singh,
House No: 2101 Phase-7,
The herbal system of medicine,
popularly known as Phytotherapy, is rapidly developing
as an independent subject. Specialties subjects like Medicinal botany or
Pharmaceutical botany, Medicinal Phytochemistry,
Ethno pharmacology and Phytopharmacotherapy are
emerging. Several studies have reported growing popularity of herbal medicine.
There is increased awareness about herbal medicine among masses. Authorities
including Central Council of Indian Medicine (C.C.I.M.) and department of Ayurveda, Yunani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) in
American Herbal Medicine
Medical Herbalism: A Journal for the Clinical Practitioner is wonderful publication for herbalists practicing in different parts of States. Herbal Gram published by American Botanical Council (A.B.C.) is critical publication for recent trends in American Herbal Drug industry. This journal is particularly important for addressing issue like herbal drug interactions and role of Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) in herbals.
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (A.H.P.) is unique publication related to botany, phytochemistry, traditional and modern medicinal uses and dose of commonly used medicinal plants. Monographs on singe herbal drugs are unique for practitioners and researchers. American Herbal Product Association (A.H.P.A.) publishes documents related to safety of herbal products.
Ayurveda and Medicinal Plants
Ancient texts are rich from therapeutic point of view. In Ayurveda, texts like Charka Samhita, Bhavprakash Nighantu, Raj Nighantu and Dhanwantri Nighantu are basis of Ayurvedic pharmaceutics. They throw light on medicinal use of particular plant but detailed investigations are missing. The description is largely based on organo-leptic testing. Later on, based on these ancient texts, several Nighantu (Materia Medica) of Ayurveda were composed. Madan Pal Nighantu, Bhashjeya Rattnavali and Chandrudya Vanaushadi are noteworthy works. Materia Medica of Ayurveda by Dr. Bhagwan Dash is valuable publication dedicated to Indian Medicinal Plants.
With onset of
Another text titled Indian Materia Medica and Their Therapeutics by Khory and Katrak is must for people involved in herbal research. This text is unique for methods of isolation of active principles of Indian medicinal plants. Texts like Indian Materia Medica by Nandkarni and Indigenous Drugs of India by Chopra, Chopra, Handa and Kapur are worth-mentoring works on Indian medicinal plants.
Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia published by Central Council of Indian Medicine (C.C.I.M.) is standard for Ayurvedic drug industry. Ayurvedic formulary of India (A.F.I.) is another descriptive text about formulations used in Indian System of Medicine. Recently, department of Ayurveda, Yunani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) has released Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia in four volumes. Phytochemical and Pharmacological Investigations of Certain Medicinal Plants used in Ayurveda is another useful text published by Central Council of Indian Medicine.
Chemistry of Medicinal Plants published by Central Council of Unani Medicine (C.C.U.M.) is useful work for phytochemists. Central Council of Homeopathic Medicine (C.C.H.M.) is not lagging behind. Phytochemical and Pharmacological Investigations of Certain Medicinal Plants used in Homeopathy is standard text for Homeopathic physicians.
There is scarcity of indexed
journals in the field of Ayurevda. Journal of
Research and Education in Indian Medicine (JREIM) published from
Journal of Natural Remedies
(JNR) is dedicated to pharmacognosy and
pre-clinical research in herbal remedies. Indian Journal of Natural Products
(IJNP) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-class papers related to
Indian medical plants. Journal of
Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (JMAPS) published by Central Institute of
Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP),
Although several publications and newsletters are available in the market, they are meant for masses only. There is a strong need for starting scientific publications dedicated to Ayurveda particularly in the field of Dravyaguna.
Australian Herbal Medicine
British Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is developed
British Herbal Medical Association
(B.H.P.A. publishes documents related to safety of herbal products. British
Herbal Compendium includes scientific monographs on eighty medicinal plants. Evidence-based
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM) publised by Oxford Publishers
applies scientific rigor to the study of complementary and alternative
Canadian Herbal Medicine
The Canadian Journal of Herbalism’s herbal monographs, case studies, book reviews, and informative articles on current research into herbal medicine have contributed to the development of a strong organization of practitioners, students, and supporters of the use of medicinal plants as an essential component of a healthy life.
Journal of Ethno pharmacology
The Journal of Ethno pharmacology is dedicated to the exchange of information and understandings about people's use of plants, fungi, animals, microorganisms and minerals and their biological and pharmacological effects based on the principles established through international conventions.
The journal accepts Reviews, Full Papers, Short Reports, Ethno Short Reports, Phytochemical Communications, Safety Data Reviews and Book Reviews. Reviews can be full-length state-of-the-art articles or mini reviews providing a short overview of a particular matter.
Journal of Natural Products
The Journal of Natural Products comprises natural product research relating to the chemistry and/or biochemistry of naturally occurring compounds or the biology of living systems from which they are obtained
Journal of Natural Medicines
It covers chemistry of natural products; biochemistry of medicinal plants; pharmacology and clinical applications of natural products and herbs, including Kampo formulas and traditional herbs; botanical anatomy; cultivation of medicinal plants.
Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy
The journal is useful for pharmaceutical scientists and practitioners dealing with herbal medicine and therapeutics. Emphasis is on Clinical and Applied Evidence-Based Herbal Medicinals.
The Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants
Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants® is a forum in which recent research and other information associated with herbs, spices, and medicinal plants is shared. It also begins to establish a centralized historical literature record accessible by investigators within the international community that work with or have an interest in herbs, spices, and medicinal plants.
Journal of Phytopharmacotherapy and Natural Products