The 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult / Edition 1

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This unique book gives health care professionals a quick reference to herbs, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, probiotics, enzymes, over-the-counter hormones and other dietary supplements commonly used by consumers. The text covers claims, indications, scientific evidence, possible benefits, adverse effects, contraindications, and drug interactions.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Robert E Burke, MSN, MPS, BSN (Pace University)
Description: This book provides healthcare professionals with easy access to a wealth of information on a wide range of commonly used herbs, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, probiotics, enzymes, over-the-counter hormones, and other dietary supplements.
Purpose: The author states that "this is a personal book" and it is intended to be both entertaining and educational. It is intended as a quick reference and covers claims, indications, scientific evidence, possible benefits, adverse effects, contraindications and drug interactions for each herb and supplement. The author's objectives are realistic and greatly needed. To date, there are very few books that integrate information about herbs and dietary supplements in the same book.
Audience: This book is a member of the 5-Minute Consult Series and is intended for clinicians in internal medicine and family practice. In my professional opinion, this is a valuable reference/guide for students and practitioners in any of the allied health professions with an interest in herbs and dietary supplements. The author is a well-known authority on herbs and dietary supplements in the United States. She consults on this subject for the Federal Trade Commission, the NIH, and other federal and state agencies, is author of Alternative Medicine: What Works (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1997) and serves on the editorial boards of Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, and HerbalGram.
Features: The book reviews 175 commonly used herbs and dietary supplements. Each section provides basic information, including a description of the herb and/or supplement, the parts used, known/active constituents, food sources, main functions and pharmacokinetics. Evidence incorporates selected clinical trials, animal and in-vitro studies, and other claimed benefits and actions. Potential and known risks are described and include adverse reactions and drug interactions. Information on dosage is provided, as well as a very interesting and entertaining section on common questions and answers relating to each herb and/or supplement. There is an extensive reference section at the back of the book. Reference tables are provided, and include a wonderful herb chart that provides the English, Latin, Pharmacopoeial, Spanish, French, and German names for each herb. This is extremely useful for finding the English equivalent for herbs that clients from different cultures use. There is also an excellent dietary intake reference for vitamins and elements that includes functions, dose/age, selected food sources, adverse effects of excessive consumption, and special considerations. As the reference guide that it is meant to be, there are very few shortcomings. Each herb and/or supplement is given two pages for the summary of all of the information described above. The book provides relevant information and offers easy access to a basic understanding of the herb and/or supplement.
Assessment: This book is an excellent guide to a majority of the commonly used herbs and dietary supplements. The information is efficiently organized, concise, and, in many instances, entertaining. The information in this book is consistent with that in Blumenthal et al.'s The Complete German Commission E Monographs (American Botanical Council, 1998), Brinker's Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, 2nd edition (Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998), Duke et al.'s Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, 2nd edition (CRC, 2002), Jellin et al.'s Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 4th edition (Therapeutic Research Faculty, 2002), and Mills and Bone's Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy (Churchill Livingstone, 2000). However, the only one that is comparable to it in terms of overall content (e.g., integration of herbs and dietary supplements in the same book) is the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.
Library Journal
While there are many excellent print and electronic sources on herbs and dietary substances (e.g., Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database; The Review of Natural Products Online), the busy clinician still needs an easy-to-use compendium that provides the essentials. This book, written by one of the first physicians to address alternative medicine (Alternative Medicine: What Works), serves that purpose. Arranged alphabetically by botanical or dietary supplement, the two-page entries include Latin and biological names, descriptions, pharmacokinetics, evidence, risks, drug interactions, and dosages. The most helpful sections are the "10 second take," which sums up the most important information in one sentence, and "common questions and answers." If readers want more in-depth information, they can consult the numerous reliable, up-to-date references given with each entry. As the author explains in her introduction, she did not include studies from alternative medical journals or Chinese medical literature, "as their quality is not yet up to Western methodological studies." Because of the increased interest in herbs, this volume is highly recommended as a ready-reference source for both academic medical and public library consumer health collections.-Natalie Kupferberg, Biological Sciences/Pharmacy Lib., Ohio State Univ., Columbus Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683302738
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: The 5-Minute Consult Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editor ii
Acknowledgments vii
Contents ix
Introduction xiii
Abbreviations xiv
Section I Herbs and Nutritional Supplements A to Z 1
Aconite 2
Alanine 4
Alfalfa 6
Aloe 8
Angelica 10
Anise, Aniseed 12
Arginine 14
Arnica 16
Ashwagandha 18
Aspartate/Aspartic Acid 20
Astragalus 22
Bearberry 24
Betaine 26
Betel 28
Bilberry 30
Biotin 32
Black cohosh 34
Black haw and Cramp bark 36
Bloodroot 38
Blue cohosh 40
Blue-green algae 42
Boldo 44
Borage 46
Boron 48
Burdock 50
Calcium 52
Calendula 54
Capsicum, Chili pepper, or Cayenne 56
Caraway 58
Carnitine 60
Carotenoids 62
Cartilage (shark and bovine) 64
Cascara 66
Cat's claw 68
Catnip 70
Chamomile 72
Chamomile, Roman 74
Chaparral 76
Charcoal, Activated 78
Chocolate/Cocoa/Cacao 80
Chondroitin 82
Chromium 84
Cinnamon 86
Coenzyme Q[subscript 10] 88
Coltsfoot 90
Comfrey 92
Copper 94
Cranberry 96
Creatine 98
Cysteine/Cystine 100
Dandelion 102
Danshen 104
Devil's claw 106
DHEA 108
Echinacea 110
Elderberry, Elder flower 112
Eleuthero 114
Ephedra 116
Essiac 118
Eucalyptus 120
Evening primrose, Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) 122
Eyebright 124
Fennel 126
Fenugreek 128
Feverfew 130
Fish oil 132
Flaxseed 134
Folic acid (Folate) 136
Foxglove 138
Garlic 140
Germander 142
Germanium (Ge) 144
Ginger 146
Ginkgo 148
Ginseng 150
Glucosamine 152
Glutamine (Gln, Q) 154
Glycine (Gly, G) 156
Goldenseal 158
Gotu kola 160
Hawthorn 162
Histidine (His, H) 164
Hops 166
Horse chestnut 168
Hydrazine sulfate, Hydrazine sulphate 170
Hypericum or St. John's Wort 172
Inositol 174
Iodine (I[subscript 2]) 176
Ipriflavone 178
Iron (Fe) 180
Isoleucine (Ile, I) 182
Karela or Bitter melon 184
Kava 186
Kelp 188
Khat 190
Kombucha 192
Lactobacilli 194
Lecithin/Phosphatidylcholine 196
Lemon balm 198
Leucine (Leu, L) 200
Licorice 202
Linden 204
Lobelia 206
Lysine (Lys, K) 208
Magnesium 210
Manganese 212
Marshmallow 214
Mate 216
Melatonin 218
Methionine (Met, M) and SAMe 220
Milk thistle 222
Molybdenum 224
Motherwort 226
Mullein 228
Neem 230
Nettle 232
Niacin 234
Noni 236
Osha 238
Pantothenic acid 240
Passionflower 242
Pau d'arco 244
Pennyroyal 246
Peppermint 248
Phenylalanine (Phe, F) 250
Phosphatidylserine 252
Phosphorus (Phosphate) 254
Pollen/Bee pollen 256
Propolis 258
Psyllium (Plantain) 260
Pygeum 262
Raspberry 264
Red clover 266
Riboflavin (Vitamin B[subscript 2]) 268
Rosemary 270
Royal jelly 272
Sage 274
Sarsaparilla 276
Sassafras 278
Saw palmetto 280
Selenium 282
Senna 284
Serine 286
Silicon 288
Silver (Ag), Colloidal Silver 290
Skullcap 292
Slippery elm 294
Spirulina 296
Stevia 298
Taurine 300
Tea tree 302
Thiamin, Thiamine (Vitamin B[subscript 1]) 304
Threonine (Thr, T) 306
Thyme 308
Tryptophan (Trp, W) and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) 310
Turmeric 312
Tyrosine (Tyr, Y) 314
Valerian 316
Valine (Val, V) 318
Vanadium 320
Vitamin A 322
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 324
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) 326
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid, Ascorbate) 328
Vitamin D (Calciferol, Cholecalciferol) 330
Vitamin E 332
Vitamin K 334
Vitex 336
Willow 338
Wormwood 340
Wormwood, sweet or Qinghaosu 342
Yam, wild 344
Yarrow 346
Yohimbe 348
Zinc 350
Section II References 353
Section III Reference Tables
Herb Chart 428
Conversion Factors Between Traditional and SI Units 433
Dietary Reference Intakes: Vitamins 434
Dietary Reference Intakes: Elements 441
Reference Nutrient Intakes for Vitamins, United Kingdom 450
Average Values for Triglycerides, Fatty Acids (FA) (Including Omega-3 Fatty Acids), and Cholesterol of Marine Foods and Oils 451
Caffeine Content of Selected Common Foods per Serving Portion 452
Carnitine Content of Selected Foods 452
Choline Content of Some Common Foods 453
Oxalate Content by Food Group 454
Foods to Use and Avoid 456
Oxalate Content of Foods per 100 Grams ([similar]1/2 cup) and per Portion 457
Index 463
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