Other Species Of Artemisia Used In Traditional Chinese Medicine

There are 184 artemisia species and 44 varieties found in China. Most of them are distributed in the north, northeast and north west of China, with some in eastern, central and southern areas. Most species of Artemisia contain polyacetylenes, flavonoids and terpenoids but some species also contain other types of constituents such as cyanogenic glycosides and coumarins. According to a national survey of the medicinal plants of China, more than sixty Artemisia species are used in different areas...

Traditional Chinese Medicine

A large population in South East Asia has used TCM for thousands of years, and it is still practised in parallel with western medicine in the healthcare system in China owing to its unique theoretical basis and proven therapeutic efficacy. The theory and practise of TCM is complex and space does not permit a detailed consideration here however, a brief account is given below in order to help the reader appreciate the use of Artemisia species in TCM. The underlying principle of TCM lies in the...

References

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Chemical Overview And Chemotaxonomy

Several secondary metabolites characterise the chemical composition of the genus Artemisia. A survey of the literature indicates that almost all classes of compounds are present in the genus, with particular reference to terpenoids and flavonoids. However, wax constituents, polyacetylenes and, to a lesser extent, nitrogen containing molecules have also been found in several species. The wide array of molecules present in the genus and the distribution of plants in several different habitats...

Preface To The Series

There is increasing interest in industry, academia and the health sciences in medicinal and aromatic plants. In passing from plant production to the eventual product used by the public, many sciences are involved. This series brings together information which is currently scattered through an ever increasing number of journals. Each volume gives an in-depth look at one plant genus, about which an area specialist has assembled information ranging from the production of the plant to market trends...

References About Aromatic Plants

Akhila, A. and Tiwari, R. 1986 Chemistry of davana oil a review. CROMAP, 8 3 , 128-138. Akhila, A. Sharma, P.K. and Thakur, R.S. 1986 A novel biosynthesis of irregular sesquiterpene artemone in Artemisia pattens. Tetrahedron Lett., 27, 5885-5888. Alankararao, G.S.J.G. and Rajendra Prasad, Y. 1981 Investigations on the antibacterial activity of essential oils from Artemisia pattens Wall. amp Artemisia vulgaris Linn. Indian Perfum., 25, 110-111. Alankara Rao, G.S.J.G and Rajendra Prasad, Y. 1981a...