Saturday, December 6, 2008

Capsicum: The genus Capsicum (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants - Industrial Profiles, 34)

Publisher: CRC Number Of Pages: 296 Publication Date: 2003-08-15 Sales Rank: 2011677 ISBN / ASIN: 0415299918 EAN: 9780415299916 Binding: Hardcover Manufacturer: CRC Studio: CRC

Capsicum has been used since ancient times as a traditional medicine and a natural colorant. The medicinal properties of capsicum make it popular in both ayurvedic and homeopathic treatments. In Capsicum: The genus Capsicum, experts describe its ethnobotany, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, cultivation, tissue culture and commercial uses. The book details the therapeutic applications of capsaicin, the pungent, principle component of capsicum, and its action on different biological systems. Examples, such as the use of capsaicin in the recent discovery of a "hot receptor," or pain sensor, in the human heart, are used to support capsaicin's growing therapeutic and industrial importance.


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