WITHANIA SOMNIFERA: The Indian Ginseng Ashwagandha

By Sandhya Singh and Sushil Kumar. Lucknow. (see Medicinal Plants, above.) 1998, b/w drawings, 293 pp. Hardcover $120.00.

Here is a comprehensive overview of ashwaganda. It contains folklore and the herb's traditional medicinal uses not only in India, but also in other regions. An explanation of the chemistry includes descriptions of various chemotypes found in Israel India, and South Africa. The plant's distribution and pharmacognosy, a detailed botany, and recent experiments in cell and tissue culturing are included.

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