Many herbs and spices, in addition to their culinary use for taste, contain chemical compounds which have medicinal uses. For this reason, herbs and spices have been used for treating various ailments since ancient times. Modern scientific methods have enabled researchers to isolate bioactive compounds from herbs and spices and perform chemical analyses, which can be used to develop medicines to treat different diseases. This book series is a compilation of current reviews on studies performed on herbs and spices. Science of Spices and Culinary Herbs is essential reading for medicinal chemists, herbalists and biomedical researchers interested in the science of natural herbs and spices that are common part of regional diets and folk medicine.
The second volume of this series features 6 reviews of unique herbs and seeds:
- Tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.): A Review of its Use as a Spice, a Culinary Herb and Medicinal Applications
- Piper nigrum (Black pepper): A Flavor for Health
- Coriander Seeds - Ethno-medicinal, Phytochemical and Pharmacological Profile
- The Fenugreek Seed: Therapeutic Properties and Applications
- Biological Activities of Foeniculum vulgare Mill
- Effect of Curcumin on the Diversity of Gut Microbiota
- Exploration of Dill Seeds (Anethum graveolens): An Ayurpharmacomic Approach
About the Editors:
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cambridge University (1968), has 1080 international publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 751 research publications, 37 international patents, 69 chapters in books and 221 books published largely by major U.S. and European presses. He is the Editor-in-Chief of eight European Chemistry journals. He is Editor of the world's leading encyclopedic series of volumes on natural products 'Studies in Natural Product Chemistry' 54 volumes of which have been published under his Editorship by Elsevier during the last two decades.
Prof. Rahman won the UNESCO Science Prize (1999) and was elected as Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society (London) in July 2006. He has been conferred honorary doctorate degrees by many universities including (Sc.D.) by the Cambridge University (UK) (1987). He was elected Honorary Life Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, UK, conferred the TWAS (Italy) Prize and the Austrian government has honored him with its high civil award ("Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeischen am Bande") (2007). He is Foreign Fellow of Chinese and Korean Academy of Sciences, Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society and former President of Pakistan Academy of Sciences.
Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary is a Professor of Organic/Bioorganic Chemistry and Director at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, and Coordinator General of COMSTECH - OIC Ministerial Committee). He is among the most prominent scientists of Pakistan, recognized for his original contributions in the fields of natural products and bioorganic chemistry. He has written and edited 27 books, most of which have been published in USA and Europe. He is also the author of over 1000 research papers and chapters in top international science journals of the West as well as 27 US patents (H-index: 68 & Citations: 27,500). He is the Volume Editor of many international book series and journals. He has served as a visiting faculty in many prestigious universities of the world including Cornell University (New York), Purdue University (Indiana), Pennsylvania State University (Pennsylvania), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, California), The University of Rhode Island (Rhode Island), and other top Universities.
Dr. Sammer Yousuf, Associate Professor at the H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, is the author of over 180 research papers in top international journals, and five chapters of books, with total citations exceeding 1700. She is the pioneer of crystal engineering in Pakistan, and established the first crystal engineering laboratory at the ICCBS. Based on her contributions in the field of structural and medicinal chemistry, she received prestigious TWAS Regional Prize for Young Scientist in 2011, elected as the TWAS Young affiliate in 2013 and a member of the prestigious Pakistan Academy of Sciences in 2017.
Keywords: natural herbs, medicinal chemistry, Culinary Herbs, Phytochemical, Biological Activities, spices, bioactive compounds
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