Unasylva - No. 140 - The importance of medicinal plants













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An international journal of forestry and forest industries - Vol. 35 - 1983

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Some common medicinal plants and the ways in which they are used

Some common medicinal plants and the ways in which they are used

1. Heliconia rostrata is an inedible relative of the banana used in Panama to treat skin cancers.

2. Bixa orellana seeds are used to treat a variety of diseases in Mexico, the West Indies and West Africa.

3. Passiflora coccinea contains passiflorine and is used for insomnia in the West Indies.

4. Jatropha gossypifolia contains caffeine and hydrocyanic acid and is used for treating many ailments.

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EDITOR, T.M. PASCA
CONSULTING EDITORS, MARCELLE BIAGINI, ROBERT WAZEKA
COVER DESIGN, ROBERT DICKERSON
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Edward S. Ayensu
The healing plants

Robin Levingston and Rogelio Zamora
Medicine trees of the tropics

Y.S. Rao and C. Chandrasekharan
The state of forestry in Asia and the Pacific

Bina Agarwal
Why stoves are resisted

June Taboroff
The wooden houses of Istanbul

Warwick Cooper
Wood energy from Australian seeds

The world of forestry

New agroforestry publication
Conference on forestry financing
IUFRO forestry awards

Environment

The crested iguana
Wildlife survival in Bangladesh
Peat energy in Burundi
Tropical timber research in Mexico
Sri Lanka's forest cover assessed
A second five-year conservation programme for Indonesia
Environmental damage costs in developed countries in GNP terms

Books

A basic list of medicinal plants in arid zones
All about tools
Toward sawmilling quality
Hurricane research
Maximizing small log production
Arboriculture in early America
How to plant eucalypts
Designing wood stoves
How to conserve rare plants
Thinking about erosion
Ways to interpret the environment
Nepal and its wildlife
Ornithology: Borneo
Tropical plantation forestry

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