This book, explains the pharmacological and clinical behavior of herbal derivatives and deals with the topics of their
standardization and molecular titration. It also shows the phytocomplex issue and the problem of the poor bioavailabil-
ity and with the approach of the modern biopharmaceutical phytotherapy finalized to improve the pharmacological
and clinical performance of the botanical derivatives by making use of galenical technics, lipidic carriers and enzymatic
One chapter of this book is the one dedicated to the chemesthesis that illustrates the possibility of interfering, by
means of the herbal derivatives, with the receptors in charge to signal the environmental conditions of “cold” and “hot”
and whose use can allow the intervention on pain and irritation mechanisms.
In the following chapters some herbal derivatives thought to be important due to their therapeutic applications are dis-
cribed. These range from urology to metabolic diseases, from lipidology to phlebology, whose investigations exemplify
what the correct method should be to understand the herbal drug potentiality and to follow its manufacturing in order
to make it a useful drug for therapy.
The book also discusses the problems of herbal frauds trying to highlight, above all, the procedures used to build up
a fraud from simply adding a dye, giving the patient the impression that the product contains a highly concentrated
extract full of active ingredients, up to the most serious sophistications where the adding of antibiotics or analgesics
gives the extract an efficacy which it does not possess at all.
The difficult chapter of the herbal chemistry, deliberately simplified for an easy reading and understanding, and the
chapter concerning with the natural sweeteners obtained by extraction, a possible alternative proposal to the endless
controversial matter of artificial sweeteners finishes the book.
On the whole, the book speaks about a phytotherapy which wants to be and should be considered a scientific matter.
A phytotherapy which, on the one hand, wants to be aloof from the modern herbalist’s shop and, on the other hand,
a tool meant to be useful for the medical practice, in order to add, but not replace, to the already existing allopathic
instruments, so as to lengthen and enrich, in some way, the list of the medical means available for the patient.