chapter  6
Sample Preparation, Analytical Methods, and Chemical Standardization of Medicinal Plants
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Medicinal plants have been used since ancient times for the treatment of a range of diseases, and in some countries, the use of medicinal plants is often associated with witchcraft and superstition, because people did not have the scientic insight to explain and predict the curative action of plants. Herbal medicine is still a central part of the some medical systems, such as Ayurvedic medicine in India and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China, and in several developing countries.