Echinacea: The Genus Echinacea edited by Sandra Carol Miller and He-ci Yu

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The Genus Echinacea

edited by
Sandra Carol Miller
and He-ci Yu



  • Explains the cultivation, species diversity, genetics, and nomenclature of Echinacea
  • Describes the chemistry of the pharmaceutically active ingredients
  • Illustrates how the herbal remedy is used in medicine, therapy, and veterinary medicine
  • Links botanical biochemistry with medicine, by correlating solid science with specific medicinal roles for Echinacea in disease prevention and abatement

    Echinacea: The Genus Echinacea examines every element of the popular herb. Several chapters in this volume deal with the taxonomy, genetics, international culture methods, and chemistry of Echinacea, while other sections focus on the analytical evaluation of the various plant parts, such as the roots, stems, leaves, and flowers. The text explains how the plant is cultivated and describes the locations where it is most abundant. It presents different species of Echinacea that are medically important, and then identifies the chemically active ingredients that give Echinacea its strong pharmaceutical and therapeutic value. The book also includes a discussion of proper medicinal and veterinary uses, as well as guidance on when this remedy should not be used.

    With comprehensive analysis of this popular herb, this timely book bridges the gap between the abundant molecular cataloguings of the phytochemicals present in genus Echinacea, and the functional potential of this plant. It will be a valuable resource for anyone involved in the fields of plant science, natural products chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and naturopathy.


    1. The Genus Echinacea: Taxonomy and Genetics
      1. Taxonomic History and Revision of the Genus Echinacea
      2. A Review of Preliminary Echinacea Genetics and the Future Potential of Genomics
    2. Cultivation of Genus Echinacea
      1. In Vitro Culture of Echinacea Species
      2. Cultivation in Europe
    3. The Chemistry of Genus Echinacea
      1. Phytochemistry of the Genus Echinacea
      2. The Chemistry of Antioxidant Constituents of Echinacea
    4. Analytical Evaluation in Genus Echinacea
      1. Analytical Profiles of Echinacea Species
      2. Factors Affecting Echinacea Quality: Agronomy and Processing
      3. Popularity, Diversity and Quality of Echinacea
    5. In Vivo and In Vitro Experimental Evidence for the Immuno-Enhancing Activity of Echinacea Species
      1. Echinacea In Vivo: A Prophylactic Agent in Normal Mice and a Therapeutic Agent in Leukemic Mice
      2. Effect of Echinacea on Cells Involved in Disease Defense
      3. In Vivo Immunopharmacology of Echinacea, J.A. Rininger
      4. Bioassays of Echinacea Extracts and Commercial Products
    6. Clinical Assessment of the Medicinal Use of Echinacea Species Products: Positive Effects and Contradictions
      1. Echinacea: Quality, Uses and Immunomodulating Activity from a Phytotherapist's Perspective
      2. The Use of Echinacea in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Critical Review
      3. Two Immunoenhancers Are Not Better Than One
      4. Adverse Reactions Associated With Echinacea and Other Asteraceae
      5. The Efficacy of Echinacea Tea
    7. The Use of Echinacea Products in Veterinary Practice
      1. Veterinary Applications of Echinacea Species: Research in Horses, Cattle, Poultry, and Swine


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