From time unknown Indian medicinal plants have been used to cure and prevent ailments. The pharmacological values of many of these plants have been confirmed by scientific findings. Medicinal and Aromatic plants are rich sources of secondary metabolites like alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, flavoinoids, saponins etc which are potential sources of modern herbal drugs. It is possible that the efficiency of herbs depend on the total cumulative effect of the plant contents rather than on the one or few chemical fractions separated from the herbs. The authentic information regarding use of medicinal plants, active ingredients, pharmacological properties and dosage etc are not available at one place. An efforts thus has been made by us to compile the systematic and proven information in the form of a book. This book in particular caters to the need of all those who are trying to decide whether to use herbs as a form of treatment or an adjunctive treatment or as health promoter or simply as a prophylactic measure for disease prevention and immunity building.
Dr. (Mrs.) Anubha Upadhyaya, Ph.D (Food and Nutrition) is Associate (Food Science). Last 7 years she is working in Department of Crop and Herbal Physiology, Collage of Agriculture, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidayalaya, Jabalpur, India. She started her career in JNKVV as Assistant Professor, has been working in the field of research extension and teaching. She is a specialist of bioanalytical separation techniques and an expertise in developing and standardizing procedures through modern chromatographic instrumentation like GC, GLC, HPLC, HPTLC, etc. She has guided many Ph.D and M.Sc students and has more than 30 papers published in international and national journals. She has been actively involved in giving training to farmers and technical person in the field of Post Harvest Technology and Value added products of Medicinal and Aromatic plants. She is Co-PI in the Project Niche Area of Excellence in Conservation, Cultivation, Processing and Quality evaluation Medicinal and Aromatic plants and Quality analysis of Medicinal and Aromatic plants.