Since the advent of synthetic drugs, the use of natural products has diminished. However, the diversity of natural molecules still surpasses those from synthetic compounds, and this ensures that natural products will continue to be important for drug discovery. Besides, many of the currently used synthetic drugs have side-effects and often expensive. While there are several books on natural drugs, this volume covers multiple curative aspects of natural chemicals. It is a complete review of medicinally active metabolites produced by nature and looked at from different approaches. The book describes the effects of natural extracts and/or their isolated compounds and also gives an update of their modes of action, production and commercialisation.

Anticancer Compounds of Plant Origin; Antimicrobial and Antiviral Metabolites from Polypore Fungi; Naturally Occurring Anti-Salmonella Agents and their Modes of Action; Natural Chemotherapeutic Agents in the Control of Malaria; Anti-Candida Activity of Extracts and Essential Oils from Native and Exotic Medicinal Plants in Brazil; Bridging the Gap: Using Natural Products in Drug Discovery Research in Academia and Industry; Fungal Endophytes: a Potential Source of Anticancer Compounds; A Review of Antifungal and Antiviral Proteins; Compounds with Antioxidant Activity from Herbs; Bioactivity of Medicinal Plants: Progress and Perspectives; Cannabimimetics: The Pharmacological Potential of Cannabinoid Receptor Ligands; Anti-inflammatory Herbal Medicines for the Control of Pain; Metabolic Engineering for the Fabrication of Pharmaceutically Central Metabolites from Microorganisms and Higher Plants; Pharmacogenomics of Biotic and Abiotic Natural Products Derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine for Cancer Therapy; Plant Derived Antimycobacterial Metabolites: An Overview