Spice Drugs: Antibacterial Potential
Today & Tomorrow's Printers and Publishers, 2017 - Spices - 205 pages
"In this research monograph the authors have made an attempt to present a comprehensive scenario on "Spice Drugs: Antibacterial Potential" which begins with a chapter on "Spices in Sanskrit Literature" providing very interesting information on the spices mentioned in Sanskrit dramas and epics. This is followed by chapters on "Vedic Window to Europe" and "Spices in Ayurvedic Literature." This chapter aims to tie together various arguments, applications, explanations and interpretations that have been given throughout this volume. The 4th chapter provides a detailed account of "Introduction to Investigation." The 5th chapter is "Spices as Drugs: State of Art." The 6th chapter provides with a detailed information on "Material and Methods" covering in vitro antibacterial activity of cumin (Cuminum cyminum), Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi synonym Carum copticum), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) and large or greater cardamom (Amomum subulatum). Lyophilized forms of bacterial strains Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were produced from MTCC, IMGTECH, Chandigarh, besides the self-isolated bacterial isolates for which a large number of biochemical test have been carried out. The chapter 7 on "Results" provides data on the in vitro evaluation of antibacterial potential. The MIC of different extracts has been recorded using microtitration plates. The chapter 8 provides an interesting "Discussion." Chapter 9 provides "Summary and conclusion" on antibacterial potential of Indian spices. Chapter 10 is on cultivation of spices. This monograph closes with Chapter 11 on "Discoveries, Human Behaviour and Food for Health" that explains the place of spices in societies of the past and that of today. This is an original research monograph provided with 49 figures of graphs, bardiagrams, photomicrographs and photographs. Almost all important spices and flavouring plant products have been covered. There are more than 280 references and Appendix for chemical composition of culture media" -- Back cover.
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