This book gives the complete description of the herbaceous flora of District Lahore, Punjab. The detailed morphological description of the herbs of the area along with their pictures makes easy identification of the flora. In traditional health care system herbal plants play an important role. Knowledge about medicinal plants, before the birth of writing is shifted orally.
According to the World Health Organization, the macroscopic and microscopic description of a herbal plant is the first step towards establishing the identity and the degree of purity of such materials and should be carried out before any tests are undertaken. The available literature shows that how morphological features are important in systematic botany similar to the use of modern techniques.
Morphological features can be utilized in distinguishing taxa one from another by differences in habit, habitat, inflorescence and floral morphology. In Pakistan herbal plants are primarily used by tibia dawakhanas (medical centers of indigenous physicians known as hakims). Unfortunately, very little attention has been paid to the ethno-medicinal and ethno-botanical aspect of plants, as hakims are only concerned with the floral and vegetative parts of medicinal plants without any regard to their botanical characteristics, or distribution in the various ecological zones of Pakistan.
In Pakistan 80% of the people belonging to the rural areas still depends upon the herbal medicines. In the recent years, more efforts have been made to document the traditional knowledge. There is an awful need on the part of manufacturers of allopathic and herbal medicines to carryout systematic research on herbal plants to save foreign exchange spend on their imports.
For the readers convenience the authors have started an apprehensive effort to produce this practical guide that could be used to identify herbal flora for the medicinal purposes as well as for other scientific information. The book contains some very elementary and vital information about the herbal flora, arranged alphabetically according to the plant species.
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|Published On||13 Oct 2018|
May 10, 2023
It's a good effort at the part of authors. However, I see that the authors have not used the local names in many cases. As it is a book for the flora of Lahore, so should use the names which local populations can understand. The addition of pictures could have been an added value to the book.
Dec 12, 2019