Complete Natural Medicine Guide to the 50 Most Common Medicinal Herbs

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Overview

The most current scientific information from the world's leading medical journals.

Although there is growing consumer awareness of alternative and complementary medicine, there is a lack of comprehensive information available on herbal products. While pharmacists, physicians and other health care professionals sometimes offer advice, their patients want more information.

The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to the 50 Most Common Medicinal Herbs is a comprehensive, fully-illustrated reference to the 50 most commonly prescribed herbs.

A complete description of each herb is featured along with its other common names, possible adverse effects, therapeutic uses for treating illness and disease as well as potential drug interactions.

Some of the herbs included are:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Evening
    Primrose
  • Goldenseal
  • Scullcap
  • Burdock
  • Tumeric
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Meadowsweet

This guide is written by professional pharmacists, one a naturopathic doctor, using the most current research and clinical testing.

The authors' easy-to-understand text, combined with the latest findings and clear directions for safe dosages, makes this practical reference on medicinal herbs a primary resource of data.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Robert E Burke, MSN, MPS, BSN (Pace University)
Description: This book provides students, healthcare professionals and the lay public with easy access to a wealth of information regarding the proper use and application of medicinal herbs. This is an update of The Botanical Pharmacy: The Pharmacology of 47 Common Herbs, by the same authors (Quarry Press, 1999).
Purpose: The authors intend for this book to provide a foundation of knowledge about botanical products to ensure their proper use and safe application. This objective is realistic and is achieved through a comprehensive review of each of the 50 herbs.
Audience: The book is written for healthcare professionals, patients, and consumers. It is intended to provide healthcare professionals with the necessary information needed to counsel their patients about the proper use and safe application of herbal products and it provides patients and consumers with basic knowledge of the subject and acts as a catalyst for posing informed questions to their healthcare providers. It is also a valuable reference for students of the allied health professions who have an interest in herbal medicine. Dr. Boon is a licensed pharmacist and an assistant professor at the faculty of pharmacy, University of Toronto. She is a contributing author to the homeopathy section of Non-Prescription Drugs: A Health Professional's Reference and Herbs: Everyday Reference for Health Care Practitioners, by Chandler (Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2000). Dr. Smith is a licensed pharmacist, a naturopathic doctor and head of Botanical Sciences at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is involved in continuing education programs for healthcare providers and advises a number of national charities, government departments, and media agencies on matters related to complementary and alternative health care in Canada.
Features: The book reviews 50 commonly used herbs in the United States and Canada. Each section provides a thumbnail sketch about the herb, followed by a detailed description of it, the parts used, and its traditional and current medicinal use. In addition, relevant research based on active constituents and biological effects, adverse effects, cautions/contraindications, drug interactions and dosing regimens are provided. The introduction provides a nice review of the legislation regarding herbal medicines in the U.S. and Canada. An overview of the various forms in which herbal medicines are prepared is also provided along with a section regarding safety issues, a glossary of botanical medicine terms, and a table matching medicinal herbs for specific health conditions. The thumbnail sketch preceding each herbal section is unique and very helpful, providing the highlights regarding the herb. This book is incomplete in that the content is limited to herbal medicines alone. It does not provide any information about commonly used minerals, vitamins, amino acids, probiotics, enzymes, over-the-counter hormones, or other dietary supplements.
Assessment: This is an affordable and useful guide to a majority of the commonly used herbs in the United States and Canada. The information is concise and efficiently organized. This will be a useful reference for students, healthcare professions and/or the lay public who are interested in gaining an understanding of the proper use and application of medicinal herbs. This book compares favorably to The Complete German Commission E Monographs, Blumenthal, et al. (American Botanical Council, 1998), Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 4th edition, Jellin, et al. (Therapeutic Research Faculty, 2002), and The 5-Minute Herb & Dietary Supplement Consult, Fugh-Berman ( Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003).
Appleton Post-Crescent
A layman's guide to using herbs safely.
American Reference Books Annual, Volume 36 - Leslie Behm
The text is well written and will be easily understood by the lay reader as well as the health professional. It would be a good addition to the reference shelf of any library needing to provide information on medicinal herbs.
Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies - Dr. Edzard Ernst
Finally I have found a book on herbal medicine that I can recommend wholeheartedly... one of the best books on the subject to date. The evidence summarized here is objective rather than promotional, and key statements are fully referenced rather than opinion based.
E-Streams - Beth Thomsett-Scott
A compilation of well-written and easily understandable reviews of herbal medicines... highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
Journal of the Natural Medicine Association - Carl C. Bell
Considering the growing number of people who are using alternative medicine as an answer to the difficulty in obtaining health care, this easy to read, well-organized book is a blessing for the patient or practitioner trying to understand the appropriate use of common medicinal herbs... this great book supplies useful information about fifty of the most common medicinal herbs... should be on every practicing physician's desk.
Science News
Pharmacists team up to define not only what the most common medicinal herbs are but also what they are not.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778800828
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD, is a licensed pharmacist, and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. She has held a Medical Research Council of Canada post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Michael Smith, BPharm, MRPharmS, ND, is a licensed pharmacist, a naturopathic doctor, and Head of Botanical Sciences at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a Senior Adviser at the prestigious Natural Health Products Directorate of Health Canada, which is responsible for investigating and certifying the medical efficacy and safety of herbs.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction

  • Legislation (Canada and US)
  • Botanical Dosage Forms
  • Caveat Emptor
  • Format of Reviews
Glossary
Medicinal Herbs for Health Conditions

Alfalfa
AloeVera
Astragalus
Black Cohosh
Calendula
Capsicum
Cat's Claw
Chamomile (German)
Chaste Tree
Cranberry
Dandelion
Devil's Claw
Dong Quai (Angelica)
Echinacea
Elder
Evening Primrose
Feverfew
Garlic
Ginger
Ginkgo
Ginseng (Asian and American/Canadian)
Ginseng (Siberian)
Goldenseal
Hawthorn
Hops
Horsechestnut
Juniper
Kava
Lemon Balm
Licorice
Lobelia
Ma Huang (Ephedra)
Meadowsweet
Milk Thistle
Nettle
Passionflower
Peppermint
Red Raspberry
Saw Palmetto
Scullcap
Slippery Elm
St. John's Wort
Tea Tree Oil
Thyme
Turmeric
Uva-Ursi (Bearberry)
Valerian
Wild Yam
Willow

References
Index

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Preface

Foreword

Everyone involved in the delivery of health-care is now aware of the increased interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), especially herbal or botanical medicine. According to several recent North American surveys, a growing number of people are using some form of complementary or alternative medicine, 15-25% of the population in Canada, for example, which is comparable to a much-quoted New England Journal of Medicine report that 34% of American survey respondents had used at least one unconventional therapy in the past year. Significantly, only one-third of these people reported seeing a complementary healthcare provider, indicating a high level of self-medication.

Botanical or herbal medicine is becoming big business for pharmacists A "Trends Report" in Pharmacy Post indicated that three out of every four Canadian community pharmacies now sell herbal and/or homeopathic products and that approximately half of those surveyed intended to increase these sections. Another report suggests that the average "medium sized" community pharmacy in Canada sells at least 35 plant-derived products (including natural source vitamins), marketed by at least 8 phyto-pharmaceutical manufacturers. In addition, Pharmacy Practice reported that Canadians spent $175 million on herbal products in 1996, which is an increase from the $150 million spent in 1995. Similar trends prevail in the United States. The popularity of herbal medicine continues to grow day-by-day.

Although some see botanical medicine as a new "niche" for pharmacy, the debate about whether botanical medicine belongs in pharmacies or in health food stores is becoming heated among pharmacists and physicians. The opponents of the sale of botanical products in pharmacies emphasize the fact that most pharmacists have little or no training in this field and perpetuate the notion that herbs have not been "scientifically" tested for their medicinal action and safety in human studies.

Patients are looking for authoritative information about medicinal herbs — their effectiveness, their safety, and standard dosages — that they can rely on for 'self medication' and that they can bring to the attention of their physician or pharmacist for their preventative or therapeutic effects. While questions about echinacea and ginseng could once be ignored as a passing trend, now healthcare professionals are expected to be knowledgeable about many common herbs. This book is written for the patient and the healthcare professional looking for current and authoritative scientific information so as to improve understanding of the medical properties of common herbs and to promote communication between patient and doctor.

Initially, this project was planned as a correspondence course with the objective of training pharmacists about botanical medicine. After much deliberation, it was decided that the best approach would be to prepare a series of monographs reviewing the herbal medicines most often seen by pharmacists in clinical practice . A very special team had to be created to make sure this project was a success. As the one of the primary sites of training in CAM in Canada, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) agreed to manage the day-to-day running of the program. In order, to ensure that the information was correct and balanced, an advisory board of experts was established to review all the material. The majority of the monographs were also submitted to the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) for its approval. The project was completed in the summer of 1998, which culminated in the publication of the reference book The Botanical Pharmacy in 1999, addressed specifically to pharmacists and botanical medicine professionals. In
2003, the information was up-dated to include research conducted in the interim, revised to increase the accessibility of the information for the common reader, and published as The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to the 50 Most Common Medicinal Herbs.

One of the cornerstones of pharmaceutical and medical care is helping patients and customers to make informed decisions about their healthcare. Likewise, patients owe it to themselves to learn as much as possible about any preventative or therapeutic treatment they may be considering. As patients' options expand to include botanical medicine or medicinal herbs as an acceptable form of healthcare, pharmacists and physicians are being asked to wade through large amounts of (mis)information to help patients make the most informed choices possible. When patients choose to make use of botanical products, it is important for pharmacists and physicians to provide monitoring and report adverse effects as well as herb-drug or herb-herb interactions when necessary. This potential new role requires a pharmacist or physician who has a good working knowledge of botanical medicine and can apply problem-solving skills to "fill in the gaps" of our current knowledge of these products.

The authors hope that this book will provide healthcare professionals with a foundation of knowledge from which they can counsel patients about the use of botanical products with confidence. For patients and consumers, while this book will not answer all your questions about medicinal herbs, we hope that it will be a useful resource for understanding the safe use of these herbs and for posing informed questions to your pharmacist or physician. Your good health is what we all want to ensure.

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Introduction

Foreword

Everyone involved in the delivery of health-care is now aware of the increased interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), especially herbal or botanical medicine. According to several recent North American surveys, a growing number of people are using some form of complementary or alternative medicine, 15-25% of the population in Canada, for example, which is comparable to a much-quoted New England Journal of Medicine report that 34% of American survey respondents had used at least one unconventional therapy in the past year. Significantly, only one-third of these people reported seeing a complementary healthcare provider, indicating a high level of self-medication.

Botanical or herbal medicine is becoming big business for pharmacists A "Trends Report" in Pharmacy Post indicated that three out of every four Canadian community pharmacies now sell herbal and/or homeopathic products and that approximately half of those surveyed intended to increase these sections. Another report suggests that the average "medium sized" community pharmacy in Canada sells at least 35 plant-derived products (including natural source vitamins), marketed by at least 8 phyto-pharmaceutical manufacturers. In addition, Pharmacy Practice reported that Canadians spent $175 million on herbal products in 1996, which is an increase from the $150 million spent in 1995. Similar trends prevail in the United States. The popularity of herbal medicine continues to grow day-by-day.

Although some see botanical medicine as a new "niche" for pharmacy, the debate about whether botanical medicine belongs in pharmacies or in health food stores is becoming heated among pharmacistsand physicians. The opponents of the sale of botanical products in pharmacies emphasize the fact that most pharmacists have little or no training in this field and perpetuate the notion that herbs have not been "scientifically" tested for their medicinal action and safety in human studies.

Patients are looking for authoritative information about medicinal herbs -- their effectiveness, their safety, and standard dosages -- that they can rely on for 'self medication' and that they can bring to the attention of their physician or pharmacist for their preventative or therapeutic effects. While questions about echinacea and ginseng could once be ignored as a passing trend, now healthcare professionals are expected to be knowledgeable about many common herbs. This book is written for the patient and the healthcare professional looking for current and authoritative scientific information so as to improve understanding of the medical properties of common herbs and to promote communication between patient and doctor.

Initially, this project was planned as a correspondence course with the objective of training pharmacists about botanical medicine. After much deliberation, it was decided that the best approach would be to prepare a series of monographs reviewing the herbal medicines most often seen by pharmacists in clinical practice . A very special team had to be created to make sure this project was a success. As the one of the primary sites of training in CAM in Canada, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) agreed to manage the day-to-day running of the program. In order, to ensure that the information was correct and balanced, an advisory board of experts was established to review all the material. The majority of the monographs were also submitted to the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) for its approval. The project was completed in the summer of 1998, which culminated in the publication of the reference book The Botanical Pharmacy in 1999, addressed specifically to pharmacists and botanical medicine professionals. In 2003, the information was up-dated to include research conducted in the interim, revised to increase the accessibility of the information for the common reader, and published as The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to the 50 Most Common Medicinal Herbs.

One of the cornerstones of pharmaceutical and medical care is helping patients and customers to make informed decisions about their healthcare. Likewise, patients owe it to themselves to learn as much as possible about any preventative or therapeutic treatment they may be considering. As patients' options expand to include botanical medicine or medicinal herbs as an acceptable form of healthcare, pharmacists and physicians are being asked to wade through large amounts of (mis)information to help patients make the most informed choices possible. When patients choose to make use of botanical products, it is important for pharmacists and physicians to provide monitoring and report adverse effects as well as herb-drug or herb-herb interactions when necessary. This potential new role requires a pharmacist or physician who has a good working knowledge of botanical medicine and can apply problem-solving skills to "fill in the gaps" of our current knowledge of these products.

The authors hope that this book will provide healthcare professionals with a foundation of knowledge from which they can counsel patients about the use of botanical products with confidence. For patients and consumers, while this book will not answer all your questions about medicinal herbs, we hope that it will be a useful resource for understanding the safe use of these herbs and for posing informed questions to your pharmacist or physician. Your good health is what we all want to ensure.

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