Tracer Bullet 04-2
Plants continue to be a major source of medicines, as they
have been throughout human history. Some medicinal plants, such
as the opium poppy, have long been recognized and widely used,
while others, such as the Pacific yew, the original source for
the cancer drug, Taxol, are relatively new arrivals to mainstream
medicine. In addition to providing the basis for between 30 and
40 percent of today’s conventional drugs, the medicinal
and curative properties of various plants are also employed in
herbal supplements, botanicals, nutraceuticals and teas.
Drug discovery, ethnobotany, and traditional and indigenous
medicines have long been basic to medicinal plant research. As
new uses for medicinal plants have been discovered and popularized,
sustainability has become increasingly an issue; concern over
the growth in biopiracy goes hand in hand with the critical need
for conservation of both species and habitat.
This update of an earlier Tracer Bullet (TB 91-8), provides
references to published materials on plants containing substances
of medicinal value. Publications issued since 1990, as well as
those that researchers have found particularly useful in their
work over the years, are emphasized. This Tracer Bullet has been
compiled to assist researchers in navigating the databases, electronic
resources and print materials related to medicinal plants and
to locate relevant materials in the Library’s collections.
Lists of other agencies, institutions, and organizations are
provided as starting points for further study. Not intended to
be a comprehensive bibliography, this guide is designed--as the
name of the series implies--to put the reader “on target.”
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Balick, Michael J., and Paul Alan Cox. Plants that heal. In
their Plants, people, and culture:
the science of ethnobotany. New York, Scientific American Library, c1996. p.
GN476.73.B35 1996 <SciRR>
Shulz, Volker, Rudolf Hänsel, and Mark Blumenthal. Medicinal
plants, phytomedicines, and phytotherapy. In their Rational
phytotherapy: a physicians’ guide to herbal medicine. 4th ed. Berlin, New
York, Springer, 2001. p. 1-39.
RM666.H33S3813 2001 <SciRR>
Skidmore-Roth, Linda. Introduction. In her Mosby’s handbook
of herbs & natural supplements. 2nd ed. St. Louis, Mosby, c2004.
RM666.H33S575 2004 <SciRR>
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Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which
books on medicinal plants can be located, include the following:
MATERIA MEDICA, VEGETABLE
BOTANICAL PLANT INDUSTRY
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Lewis, Walter Hepworth, and Memory P.F. Elvin-Lewis. Medical
botany: plants affecting human health. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ, J.
Wiley, c2003. 812 p.
RS164.L475 2003 <SciRR>
Ross, Ivan A. Medicinal plants of the world: chemical constituents, traditional
and modern medicinal uses. 2nd ed. Totowa, NJ, Humana Press, 2003. 2 v.
R676 2003 <SciRR>
Stuart, David C. Dangerous garden: the quest for plants to
change our lives. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2004. 208 p.
Bibliography: p. 204.
Sumner, Judith. The natural history of medicinal plants. Portland,
OR, Timber Press, c2000. 235 p.
QK99QK99.A1S86 2000 <SciRR>
Van Wyk, Ben-Erik, and Michael Wink. Medicinal plants of
the world: an illustrated scientific guide to important medicinal
and their uses. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2004. 480 p.
Bibliography: p. 442-444
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Artuso, Anthony. Drugs of natural origin: economic and policy
aspects of discovery, development, and marketing. New York, Pharmaceutical
Products Press, c1997. 201 p.
Bibliography: p. 183-191.
The Discovery of natural products with therapeutic potential. Edited by Vincent
P. Gullo. Boston, Butterworth-Heinemann, c1994. 461 p.
Drug discovery from nature. Edited by S. Grabley and R. Thiericke.
Berlin, New York, Springer, c1999. 347 p.
RS160.D84 1999 <SciRR>
Ethnomedicine and drug discovery. Edited by Maurice M. Iwu and
Jackie C. Wooten. Amsterdam, New York, Elsevier, 2002. 330 p. (Advances
in phytomedicine series, v. 1)
S160.E847 2002 <SciRR>
Plotkin, Mark J. Medicine quest: in search of nature’s healing secrets. New York, Viking, 2000. 224 p.
Bibliography: p. 209-214.
The Role of natural products in drug discovery. J. Mulzer and R. Bohlmann,
editors. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2000. 348 p. (Ernst Schering Research
Foundation workshop, 32)
Levetin, Estelle, and Karen McMahon. Plants and society. 3rd ed. New York, McGraw-Hill,
c2003. 508 p.
QK47.L48 2003 <SciRR>
Simpson, Beryl Brintnall, and Molly Connor Ogorzaly. Economic botany:
plants in our world. 3rd ed. Boston, McGraw-Hill, c2001. 529 p.
Bibliography: p. 479-485.
SB108.U5S56 2001 <SciRR>
Wickens, G. E. Economic botany: principles and practices. Dordrecht, Boston,
Kluwer Academic, c2001. 535 p.
Bibliography: p. 423-458.
SB107.W47 2001 <SciRR>
Ethnobotany, Indigenous and Traditional Medicines
Cotton, C. M. Ethnobotany: principles and applications. Chichester, Eng., New
York, John Wiley & Sons, c1996. 424 p.
Bibliography: p. 375-399.
GN476.73.C67 1996 <SciRR>
Cunningham, Anthony B. Applied ethnobotany: people, wild plant use, and
London, Earthscan, 2001. 300 p.
Bibliography: p. 278-294.
QK86.5.C85 2001 <SciRR>
Duffield, Graham. Intellectual property, biogenetic resources, and traditional
knowledge. London, Sterling VA, Earthscan, 2004. 258 p.
Bibliography: p. 235-251.
Ethnobotany: a reader. Edited by Paul E. Minnis. Norman, University of Oklahoma
Press, c2000. 327 p.
Ethnobotany: evolution of a discipline. Edited by Richard Evans Schultes
and Siri von Reis. Portland, OR, Dioscorides Press, c1995. 414 p.
GN476.73.E84 1995 <SciRR>
Khare, C. P. Encyclopedia of Indian medicinal plants: rational Western
therapy, Ayurvedic and other traditional usage, botany. Berlin, New York, Springer,
c2004. 523 p.
Moerman, Daniel E. Native American ethnobotany. Portland, OR, Timber Press,
c1998. 927 p.
Bibliography: p. 619-623.
E98.B7M66 1998 <SciRR>
Neuwinger, Hans Dieter. African traditional medicine: a dictionary of plant
use and applications. Stuttgart, Medpharm Scientific Publishers, 2000. 589
Bibliography: p. 575-580.
RS181.N48 2000 <SciRR>
The ABC clinical guide to herbs. Edited by Mark Blumenthal. Austin, TX, American
Botanical Council, 2003. 480 p.
RM666.H33A175 2003 <SciRR>
The Complete German Commission E monographs: therapeutic guide to herbal
medicines. Senior editor, Mark Blumenthal, with Werner R. Busse and others.
Austin, TX, American Botanical Council; Boston, Integrative Medicine Communications,
1998. 685 p.
Bibliography: p. 641.
RM666.H33C67 1998 <SciRR>
Herbal companion to AHFS DI. Bethesda, MD, American Society of Health-System
Pharmacists, c2000. 178 p.
Herbal medicinals: a clinician’s guide. Edited by Lucinda G. Miller
and Wallace J. Murray. New York, Pharmaceutical Products Press, c1998. 382
M666.H33H465 1998 <SciRR>
Libster, Martha. Delmar’s integrative herb guide for nurses. With a foreword
by James A. Duke. Albany, NY, Delmar/Thomson Learning, c2002. 931 p.
Rotblatt, Michael, and Irwin Ziment. Evidence-based herbal medicine. Philadelphia,
Hanley & Belfus, c2002. 464 p.
Weiss, R. F., and Volker Fintelmann. Herbal medicine. 2nd ed. rev. Stuttgart,
New York, Thieme, 2000. 438 p.
Translation of Lehrbuch der phytotherapie.
Medicinal Plants: Resources, Biodiversity and Conservation
Breeding research on aromatic and medicinal plants. Christopher B. Johnson
and Chlodwig Franz, editors. New York, Haworth Herbal Press, c2002. 435 p.
Lange, Dagmar. Europe’s medicinal and aromatic plants: their use, trade
and conservation. Cambridge, Eng., Traffic International, c1998. 77 p.
Bibliography: p. 73-77.
Medicinal resources of the tropical forest: biodiversity and its importance
to human health. Edited by Michael J. Balick, Elaine Elisabetsky, and Sarah
A. Laird. New York, Columbia University Press, c1996. 440 p.
RS164.M377 1999 <SciRR>
Planting the future: saving our medicinal herbs. Edited by Rosemary Gladstar
and Pamela Hirsch. Rochester, VT, Healing Arts Press, c2000. 310 p.
Plant resources of South-East Asia. Bogor, ESCAP CGPRT Centre, 1990-2002.
SB108.A83P53 1990, no. 12, pt. 1-2.
See especially no. 12, Medicinal and poisonous plants, edited by L. S. Padua,
Bunyapraphatsara and R. H. M. J. Lemmons: pt. 1-2.
Roth, Ingrid, and Helga Lindorf. South American medicinal plants: botany,
remedial properties, and general use. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2002. 492 p.
Bibliography: p. 469-481.
RS174.S68 2002 <SciRR>
Schultes, Richard Evans, and Robert F. Rauffauf. The healing forest:
medicinal and toxic plants of the northwest Amazonia. Portland, OR, Dioscorides Press,
c1990. 484 p.
(Historical, ethno-& economic botany series, v. 2)
Bibliography: p. 475-476.
QK99.A47S38 1990 <SciRR>
Tibetan medicinal plants. Edited by Christa Kletter and Monika Kriechbaum.
Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press/Medpharm, 2001. 383 p.
R603.T5T46 2001 <SciRR>
Phytochemistry, Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceuticals
Bioactive compounds from natural sources: isolation, characterisation,
and biological properties. Edited by Corrado Tringali. London, New York, Taylor & Francis,
2001. 693 p.
RS160.B55 2001 <SciRR>
Biologically active natural products: pharmaceuticals. Edited by Stephen
J. Cutler and Horace G. Cutler. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2000. 277 p.
Dewick, Paul M. Medicinal natural products: a biosynthetic approach. 2nd
ed. Chichester, Eng., New York, Wiley, c2002. 507 p.
Ebadi, Manuchair S. Pharmacodynamic basis of herbal medicine. Boca Raton,
FL, CRC Press, c2002. 726 p.
Bibliography: p. 697-701.
RM666.H33E23 2002 <SciRR>
Evans, William Charles. Trease and Evans’ pharmacognosy. 15th rev.
ed. Edinburgh, New York, W. B. Saunders, 2002. 585 p.
RS160.T75 2002 <SciRR>
Huang, K. C. The pharmacology of Chinese herbs. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC
Press, c1999. 512 p.
RM666.H33H83 1999 <SciRR>
Li, Thomas S. C. Chinese and related North American herbs: phtyopharmacology
and therapeutic values. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2002. 598 p.
RS164.L5645 2002 <SciRR>
Li, Thomas S. C. Medicinal plants: culture, utilization, and phytopharmacology.
Lancaster, PA, Technomic Pub. Co., 2000. 517 p.
Natural medicines comprehensive database. 1999- By the editors of Pharmacist’s
letter, Prescriber’s letter. Stockton, CA, Therapeutic Research Faculty.
Science RR has most recent edition.
Polya, Gideon Maxwell. Biochemical targets of plant bioactive compounds:
a pharmacological reference guide to sites of action and biological effects.
London, New York, Taylor & Francis, 2003. 847 p.
RS164.P766 2003 <SciRR>
Williamson, Elizabeth M., D. T. Okpako, and Fred J. Evans. Selection,
preparation, and pharmacological evaluation of plant material. Chichester, Eng., New York,
J. Wiley & Sons, c1996. 228 p.
Phytocosmetics, Botanicals, Teas and Supplements
A-Z guide to drug-herb-vitamin interactions: how to improve your health
and avoid problems when using common medications and natural supplements together.
Edited by Schuyler W. Lininger, and others. Rocklin, CA, Prima Health, 1999.
Bibliography: p. 341-412.
RM666.H33A16 1999 <SciRR>
D’Amelio, Frank S. Botanicals: a phytocosmetic desk reference. Boca
Raton, FL, CRC Press, c1999. 361 p.
RS164.D274 1999 <SciRR>
Fugh-Berman, Adriane. The 5-minute herb & dietary supplement consult. Philadelphia, Lippincott & Williams, c2003. 475 p.
Bibliography: p. 354-426.
RM666.H33F835 2003 <SciRR>
Herbs, botanicals & teas. Edited by G. Mazza and B. D. Oomah. Lancaster,
PA, Technomic Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. 416 p.
RS164.H385 2000 <SciRR>
Wulff-Tilford, Mary, and Gregory L. Tilford. All you ever wanted to know
about herbs for pets. Irvine, CA, BowTie Press, 1999. 416 p.
Bibliography: p. 402-407.
SF745.5.W86 1999 <SciRR>
Selected Medical Plants
Cannabis and cannabinoids: pharmacology, toxicology, and therapeutic potential.
Edited by Franjo Grotenhermen and Ethan Russo. New York, Haworth Integrative
Healing Press, c2002. 439 p.
Hypericum: the genus Hypericum. Edited by E. Ernst. London, New York, Taylor & Francis,
2003. 241 p.
RS165.H95H97 2003 <SciRR>
Plants that fight cancer. Edited by Spiridon E. Kintzios and Maria G. Baberaki.
Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2004. 296 p.
Bibliography: p. 274-287.
RC271.H47P56 2004 <SciRR>
Poppy: the genus Papaver. Edited by Jeno Bernáth. Amsterdam, Harwood
Academic Publishers, c1998. 352 p. Medicinal and aromatic plants--industrial
profiles, 1027-4502, v. 3.
SB295.O65P66 1998 <SciRR>
WHOmonographs on selected medicinal plants. Geneva, World Health Organization,
1999-2002. 2 v.
RS164.W445 1999 <SciRR>
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HANDBOOKS, GUIDES, ENCYCLOPEDIAS,
Capasso, Francesco, and others. Phytotherapy: a quick reference
to herbal medicine. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2003. 424 p.
RM666.H33P497 2003 <SciRR>
Castner, James L., S. Lee Timme, and James A. Duke. A field
guide to medicinal and useful plants of the Upper Amazon. Gainesville,
FL, Feline Press, c1998. 154 p.
Bibliography: p. 135-140.
QK99.A432C37 1998 <SciRR>
Chevallier, Andrew. Natural health encyclopedia of herbal
medicine. 2nd American ed. New York, DK Pub. Inc., c2000. 336 p.
RS164.C4437 2000 <SciRR>
Duke, James A., and others. Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2nd
ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2002. 870 p.
Bibliography: p. 821-827.
QK99.A1D83 2002 <SciRR>
Foster, Steven, and James A. Duke. A field guide to medicinal
plants and herbs of eastern and central North America. 2nd ed.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000. 411 p.
Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife
Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
Bibliography: p. 362-364.
QK99.U6F68 1999 <SciRR>
Foster, Steven, and Christopher Hobbs. A field guide to Western medicinal plants
and herbs. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002. 442 p.
Bibliography: p. 398-402.
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and the Roger
Tory Peterson Institute.
Johnson, Timothy. CRC ethnobotany desk reference. Boca Raton,
FL, CRC Press, c1999. 1213 p.
Bibliography: p. 1213.
GN476.73.J66 1999 <SciRR>
Peirce, Andrea. The American Pharmaceutical Association practical guide to
natural medicines. New York, Morrow, c1999. 728 p.
RM666.H33P45 1999 <SciRR>
Phytochemical dictionary: a handbook of bioactive compounds from
plants. 2nd ed. Edited by Jeffrey B. Harborne, Herbert Baxter,
and Gerard P. Moss. London, Philadelphia, Taylor & Francis,
QK898.B54P48 1999 <SciRR>
Phytotherapy: a quick reference to herbal medicine. Edited by
Francesco Capasso and others. Berlin, New York, Springer-Verlag,
c2003. 424 p.
RM666.H33P497 2003 <SciRR>
Professional’s handbook of complementary & alternative
medicines. c1999- Springhouse, PA, Springhouse Corporation.
Science RR has most recent edition.
Torkelson, Anthony R. The cross name index to medicinal plants.
Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c1996-c1999. 4 v.
QK99.A1T65 1996 <SciRR>
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International Congress of Ethnobiology (7th, Athens, GA, 2000).
Ethnobiology and biocultural diversity: proceedings of the
Seventh International Congress of Ethnobiology. John R. Stepp and others,
editors. Athens, GA, International Society of Ethnobiology, distributed
by the University of Georgia Press, c2002. 720 p.
Joint Conference of the Society for Economic Botany and the International
Society for Ethnopharmacology (London, England, 1996). Plants
for food and medicine: proceedings of the joint conference of the
for Economic Botany and the International Society for Ethnopharmacology,
London, 1-6 July 1996. N. L. Etkin, and others, editors. Kew, Eng.,
Royal Botanic Gardens, 1998. 438 p.
Phytomedicines of Europe: chemistry and biological activity.
Edited by Larry D. Lawson and Rudolf Bauer. Washington, American
Chemical Society, 1998. 324 p.
212th ACS National Meeting, Orlando, FL, August 25-29, 1996, Division of
Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Proceedings of the International Expert Meeting organized by
the Forest Products Division, FAO Forestry Department, and the
FAO Regional Office for the Near East (Cairo, Egypt, May 19-21,
1997). Medicinal, culinary and aromatic plants in the Near
Cairo, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,
Available online at http://www.fao.org/docrep/x5402e/x5402e00.htm
World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Human Welfare
(2nd, Mendoza, Argentina, 1997). Second World Congress on Medicinal
and Aromatic Plants for Human Welfare: WOCMAP-2: agricultural production,
post-harvest techniques, biotechnology. Mendoza, Argentina, 10-15
Nov. 1997. G. Giberti, and others, editors. International Council
for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP), International Society
for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Sociedad Argentina para la Investigación
de Productos Aromáticos (SAIPA), organizers. Wageningen,
Netherlands, Wageningen Academic Press, 1999. 408 p. (Acta horticulturae,
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Dissertations can be identified by using online resources or
print indexes located in the Main Reading Room. Consult any reference
librarian about options. Some dissertations may be available in
full text through electronic resources on public terminals at the
Library of Congress.
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Chandrasekhara Behr, Diji. Economic, institutional, and social
learning dimensions of sustainable medicinal plant production in
Kerala, India. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2004. 281
UMI Microfiche AAT3123896 <MicRR>
Thesis (doctoral)--Cornell University, 2004.
Hamby, Erin Brooke. The roots of healing: archaeological
and historical investigations of African-American herbal medicine.
Ann Arbor, MI, UMI Microfilms, 2004. 177 p.
UMI Microfiche AAT3130157 <MicRR>
Thesis (doctoral)--The University of Tennessee, 2004.
Mouhajir, Fatima. Medicinal plants used by Berber and Arab
peoples of Morocco: ethnopharmacology and phytochemistry. Ann Arbor, MI,
University Microfilms, 2002. 228 p.
UMI Microfiche AATNQ73218 <MicRR>
Thesis (doctoral)--The University of British Columbia, 2002.
Ososki, Andreana L. Ethnobotany of rural and urban Dominican
Republic: medicinal plants, women, and health. Ann Arbor, MI, University
Microfilms, 2004. 470 p.
UMI Microfiche AAT3127907 <MicRR>
Thesis (doctoral)--City University of New York, 2004.
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Abstracting and Indexing Services that index relevant journal
articles and other types of literature are listed below. Some suggested
terms for searching are “Medicinal Plants,” “Ethnobotany,” “Biodiversity,” or
more specific headings, depending upon the topic of interest. Many
of the titles may now be available in electronic format. Consult
a reference librarian for the location and format of abstracting
and indexing services in the Science Reading Room
Bibliography of Agriculture, AGRICOLA (1943-)
Z5073.U572 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic Format
Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS (1927-)
QH301.B37 <SciRR A&I>
Biological and Agricultural Index, BioAg Index (1916-)
Z5073.A46 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic Format
Online in LC: First Search's OCLC
Online in LC: http://www.biomedcentral.com/browse/journals/
Cumulated Index Medicus, Medline, PubMed (1960-)
Z6660.I422 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic Format
General Science Abstracts (1978-)
Z7401.G46 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic Format
GEOBASE (1980- )
Online in LC: Alternative Medicine Foundation
Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-)
AI3.R48 <BusRR> and Electronic Format
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Journals that often contain relevant articles on medicinal plants
include the following:
| Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
| Drug Discovery Today
||(Newspaper & Current Periodical RR, current
|Economic and Medicinal Plant Research
|Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
|Journal of Ethnopharmacology
||(Newspaper & Current Periodical RR, current
|Journal of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants
|Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy
|Journal of Medicinal Food
|Journal of Natural Products
(Science RR has most current issue
| Pharmaceutical Biology
|Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and
| Planta Medica
|The Review of Natural Products
|South African Journal of Botany
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Bent, Stephen, and Richard Ko. Commonly used herbal remedies in the
United States: a review. American journal of medicine, v. 116, Apr.1,
Boyum, F. F., and others. Composition and anti-plasmodial activities
of essential oils from some Cameroonian medicinal plants. Phytochemistry,
v. 64, Dec. 2003:1269-1275.
Coley, Phyllis D. Using ecological criteria to design plant collection
strategies for drug discovery. Frontiers in ecology and the
v. 1, Oct. 2003: 421-428.
Deng, Yu-Cheng, and others. Studies on the cultivation and uses
of evening primrose (Oenothera spp.) in China. Economic botany,
v. 55, Jan./Mar. 2001: 83-92.
Flannery, Michael A. From Rudbeckia to Echinacea: the emergence of the purple
cone-flower in modern therapeutics. Pharmacy in history, v. 41, no. 2, 1999:
Ghazanfar, S. A. Applied ethnobotany: people, wild plant use
and conservation. Oryx, v. 35, July 2001: 269-270.
Goeschi, Timo. Stakes in the evolutionary race: the economic
value of plants for medicinal applications. Journal of herbs,
spices & medicinal
plants, v. 9, no. 4, 2002: 373-388.
Jones, K. Review of sangre de drago (Croton lechleri), a South
American tree sap in the treatment of diarrhea inflammation, insect
bites, viral infections, and wounds: traditional uses to clinical
research. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine, v.
9, Dec. 2003: 877-896.
Lewis, Walter H. Pharmaceutical discoveries based on ethnomedicinal
plants: 1985 to 2000 and beyond. Economic botany, v. 57, spring
Lin, W. Y., and others. Anti-platelet aggregation and chemical
constituents from the rhizome of Gynura japonica. Planta medica,
v. 69, Aug. 2003: 757-764.
Morris, Charles A. Internet marketing of herbal products. JAMA, v. 290, Sept. 17, 2003: 1505-1509.
Nelson, R. FDA issues alert on ephedra supplements in the USA.
Lancet, v. 363, Jan. 10, 2004: 135.
Perez-Giraldo, C., and others. Invitro activity of allicin against
Staphylococcus epidermis and influence of subinhibitory concentrations
on biofilm formation. Journal of applied microbiology, v. 95, Oct.
Sarker, S. D., and L. Nahar. Natural medicine: the genus Angelica. Current
medicinal chemistry, v. 11, June 2004: 1479-1501.
Seth, S. D., and Bhawana Sharma. Medicinal plants in India. The Indian
journal of medical research, v. 120, July 2004: 9-12.
Shanley, Patricia, and Leda Luz. The impacts of forest degradation
on medicinal plant use and implications for health care in Eastern
Amazonia. BioScience, v. 53, June 2003: 573-585.
Shao, Bao-Mel, and others. A study of the immune receptors for
polysaccharides from the roots of Astragalus membranaceus, a Chinese
medicinal herb. Biochemical and biophysical research communications,
v. 329, Aug. 6, 2004: 1103-1111.
Update on black cohosh for hot flashes. Harvard women’s
health watch, v. 11, Jan. 2004: 2-3.
Current issues only
Vandebroek, Ina, and others. A comparison of traditional healers’ medicinal
plant knowledge in the Bolivian Andes and Amazon. Social science & medicine,
v. 59, Aug. 2004: 837-849.
Wellbery, Caroline. Echinacea for respiratory infections in children.
American family physician, v. 70, July 1, 2004: 175.
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Selected materials available in the Science Reading
Room pamphlet boxes include the following:
Akpaja, Emmanuel O., and others. Ethnomycology and usage of edible
and medicinal mushrooms among the Igbo people of Nigeria. International
journal of medicinal mushrooms, v. 5, issue 3, 2003: 313-320.
Altshul, Sara. Artichoke quells indigestion. Prevention, v. 56,
June 2004: 113.
Bailey, David C., and George C. Dresser. Natural products and
adverse drug interactions. Canadian Medical Association journal,
v. 170, May 11, 2004: 1531-1532.
Edwards, Rob. No remedy in sight for herbal ransack. New scientist, v. 181,
Jan. 10, 2004: 10-11.
Hamilton, Alan C. Medicinal plants, conservation and livelihoods.
Biodiversity and conservation, v. 13, July 2004: 1477-1517.
Jere-Malanda, Regina. Biopiracy: Neem, the wonder tree. New
no. 424, Dec. 2003: 18.
Khan, T. J., Anil K. Dular, and Deepika M. Solomon. Biodiversity
conservation in the Thar Desert, with emphasis on endemic and medicinal
plants. The Environmentalist, v. 23, June 2003: 137-144.
Kilham, Chris. The herbal future. Nutraceuticals world, v. 20,
July/Aug. 2004: 68-72.
Njoroge, N., and others. Utilisation of weed species as sources
of traditional medicines in Kenya. Lyonia, v. 7, no. 2, 2004: 67-84.
Also available online at: http://www.lyonia.org/index.php
Northridge, Mary E., and Richard Mack. Integrating ethnomedicine
into public health. American journal of public health, v. 92, Oct.
Yvinskas, Katherine. Conservation of native medicinal plants.
The Herbarist, no. 66, 2000: 52-55.
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Associations, Societies and Agencies
American Society of Pharmacognosy
Professional society of pharmacognosists and others interested in the plant
sciences and natural products.
The Center for Complementary & Alternative Pharmacotherapy
CCAP is affiliated with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Home of the Medicinal Plants Working Group.
Herbal Research Foundation
Supports research on chemistry, pharmacology and use of herbal folk medicines,
teas, and botanical products.
4140 15th St.
Boulder, CO 80304
The Herb Society of America
Concerned with the cultivation of herbs and with the study of their history
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NCCAM supports various research projects on botanicals, including the Arizona
Center for Phytomedicine Research, and centers at University of Chicago, UCLA,
and Purdue University.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda, MD 20892
Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP)
NWFP is a program of the Forestry division of the United Nations’ FAO.
The site posts research reports, publications, news, and includes links to
current guidelines for global sustainable use of medicinal plants.
Society for Economic Botany
The Society encourages scientific research, education, and related activities
on the past, present, and future uses of plants, and the relationship between
plants and people.
Society for Medicinal Plant Research
An international society for scientific research, which produces Planta
Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzenforschung
Emmeringerstr. 11 D - 82275 Emmering, Germany
United Plant Savers
The Plant Savers’ goal is to protect native medicinal plants of the U.S.
Veterinary Botanical Medical Association
Dedicated to developing responsible herbal practice for animals.
Andean Botanical Information System
Provides information from floristic and systematic investigations of the flowering
plants (phanerogams) of Andean South America.
Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
International bibliographic information on dietary supplements database from
the Office of Dietary Supplements at NIH and the National Agricultural Library.
Native American EthnoBotany
The University of Michigan’s Moerman database includes food, drugs, dyes,
Prelude Medicinal Plants Database
For traditional veterinarian and human medicines in sub-Saharan Africa.
SEPASAL, Kew Centre for Economic Botany
Survey of economic plants for arid and semi-arid lands.
TCM Databases Online
Traditional Chinese Medicine databases.
Searchable archive of traditional and indigenous knowledge from the American
Association for the Advancement of Science. Also has updates on biopiracy
Tropical Plant Database
Tropical plants of the Amazon.
USDA PLANTS Database, provides standardized information about
the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens
of the U.S. and its territories.
WHOLIS (World Health Organization Library)
The World Health Organization library database available on the web, indexes
all WHO publications from 1948 onwards and articles from WHO-produced journals
and technical documents from 1985 to the present.
This site provides access to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s VAST (VAScular
Tropicos) nomenclatural database and associated authority files.
Libraries, Museums, Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Research and Conservation Department
2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85743
Harvard University Herbaria: Botany Libraries
22 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Research in ethnobotany, tropical forest ecology and conservation,
Lloyd Library and Museum
The Lloyd Library specializes in botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific
books and periodicals.
917 Plum Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
National Agricultural Library (NAL)
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705
National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG)
Dedicated to conserving tropical plant diversity, particularly rare and endangered
3530 Papalina Road
Kalaheo, HI 96741
New York Botanical Garden Institute of Economic Botany (IEB)
Research in economic botany and ethnobotany.
Bronx River Pkwy. at Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 104581
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Library
Subject specialities include the ethnobotany of California Indians.
1500 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Centre for Economic Botany
Research on economic botany, including authentication of Chinese medicinal
TW9 3AB, United Kingdom
University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden
The site includes images of herbs indexed by both common and botanical names.
Botany Department, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5325
The library’s goal is to foster an understanding of medicine, its history
and its impact in society.
210 Euston Rd.
London NW1 2BE, United Kingdom
Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products
The Web site of this co-funded project from US-AID includes a plant library
and project news.
American Botanical Council
Documenting the American South
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs, by Francis Peyre Porcher., 1863.
From the Medicinal Plant Working Group of the Plant Conservation Alliance.
A Guide to Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Sponsored by the Center for New Crops and Plant Products at Purdue, this guide
includes links to several databases, guides, directories, and the NewCROP
server for new and alternative crop information.
Harvesting Drugs From Medicinal Plants
An article from the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA.
Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Program in Asia
From Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
Medicinal Plants for Livestock
These pages from Cornell University examine the safety and efficacy of medicinal
plant use for livestock.
Medicinal Plants Network
MedPlant is a global network whose members are committed to the sustainable
and socially equitable use of medicinal plants.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Information Resource: Herbs, Botanicals
and Other Products
This site specializes in evidence-based information on herbs, botanicals, vitamins,
and other supplements.
Mini-Course in Medical Botany
An informative compilation from Dr. James Duke, the noted ethnobotanist.
Non Timber Forest Products
Links from the Special Forest Products Program at Virginia Tech .
Plants of the Machiguenga
A neurologist’s record of Peruvian rain forest plants.
Southwest School of Botanical Medicine Links
An eclectic collection of links and resources, including ones of historical