Botanical Medicines / Edition 2

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Overview

Answer patients’questions about botanical supplements quickly and easily!

This informative book is a compendium of detailed scientific research on 34 of the most popular dietary supplements used in North America and Europe. Its coverage of pharmacological studies on the main medicinal plants used in clinical practice and sold in pharmacies in the Western world is more extensive than any other publication of monographic reviews available. The way Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Second Edition. is organized (standardized topic formats are used in each monograph) makes it easy for you to locate relevant information quickly and to compare corresponding sections between different entries.

This book is an invaluable tool for pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals who need detailed, scientifically accurate information on appropriate use, safety, dosages, and similar issues related to botanical dietary supplements.

Each entry in Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Second Edition. covers botanical data (classification and nomenclature, common names, geographic occurrence, and botanical characteristics), plus:

  • history and traditional uses
  • chemistry
  • therapeutic applications
  • pre-clinical studies
  • clinical studies
  • recommended dosages
  • safety profiles (including toxicology)
  • side effects and contraindications
  • drug interactions and special precautions
  • safety recommendations during pregnancy and lactation
This extensively referenced volume includes appendixes with information on the major provisions of DSHEA (the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) and on the criteria and procedures for assessing the quality of botanical products.
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Maria G. Tanzi, Pharm.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a tertiary reference with extensive coverage on 34 of the most commonly used herbal products. A monograph is presented on each herb, which covers topics ranging from efficacy in a multitude of clinical conditions to a variety of safety concerns. This second edition expands upon the herbal information originally published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information on the most common herbs currently consumed by the general public. The book is intended to educate people on the proper use of herbs. Additionally, it serves as a valuable source of herbal information and adds to the knowledge base of healthcare professionals, aiding them in recommending safe and effective herbal therapy.
Audience: The book is written for all types of healthcare professionals, i.e. physicians, pharmacists, nurses, etc. It can also be a useful reference for informed consumers who seek extensive information on herbal products. The authors of the text have experience in the field of natural medicines, thereby making them credible authorities on the subject matter at hand.
Features: Each of the 34 individual herb monographs covers scientific name, family name, common name, historical perspective, traditional uses, therapeutic applications, clinical studies, recommended doses, safety concerns, contraindications, drug-interactions, pregnancy, and lactation. Each monograph is well referenced, which allows the reader to easily access more information. The book also contains two appendixes that review the quality of herbal supplements and the key points to the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the herbal literature. Consumers and healthcare professionals will benefit from the comprehensive information presented in this resource.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789012654
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • A Note on the Interpretation of Information on Pregnancy, Lactation, and Pediatrics in This Desk Reference
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Astragalus
  • Bilberry
  • Black Cohosh
  • Capsicum
  • Cat’s Claw
  • Chamomile
  • Cordyceps
  • Cranberry
  • Dong Quai
  • Echinacea
  • Eleuthero
  • Ephedra (Ma Huang)
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Feverfew
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Goldenseal
  • Grape Seed
  • Green Tea
  • Hawthorn
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Kava
  • Licorice
  • Milk Thistle
  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Reishi
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Schisandra
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Uva Ursi
  • Valerian
  • Vitex
  • Appendix I: A Note About Quality in Botanical Supplements
  • Appendix II: DSHEA: What are the Key Provisions?
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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