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Responding to the increased popularity of herbal medicines and other forms of complementary or alternative medicine in countries around the world, this reference reviews and evaluates various safety, toxicity, and quality-control issues related to the use of traditional and herbal products for health maintenance and disease prevention and treatment. With over 3,550 current references, the book highlights the role of herbal medicine in national health care while providing case studies of widely used herbal remedies and their effects on human health and wellness and the need for the design and performance of methodologically sound clinical trials for the plethora of herbal medicines.
Integrating Traditional and Complementary Medicine into National Health Care: Learning from the International Experience. Can Traditional Medicine Coexist with Modern Medicine in the Same Health Care System? Clinical Trials for Herbal Extracts. Herbal Medicine: Criteria for Use in Health and Disease. Effects of Phytochemicals in Chinese Functional Ingredients on Gut Health. Tea and Health. Ginkgo biloba: From Traditional Medicine to Molecular Biology. Ginger. Lingzhi Polyphorous Fungus (Ganoderma lucidum). Epimedium Species. Ligusticum chuanxiong Hort. Salvia miltiorrhiza. Schisandrin B and Other Dibenzocyclooctadiene Lignans. Spirulina: An Overview. Averrhoa bilimbi. Lentinus edodes: Shiitake Mushrooms. Cruciferous Vegetables and Chemoprevention: The Mechanisms of Isothiocyanate-Mediated Chemoprotection in Humans. Pharmacological and Chemopreventive Studies of Chrysanthemum. Andrographis paniculata and the Cardiovascular System. Rosemary. Crataegus (Hawthorn). Resveratrol: The Promise Therein. Pharmacological and Physiological Effects of Ginseng. Antioxidant Activities of Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus indica) Fruit and Its Betalains: Betanin and Indicaxanthin. Antioxidant Activity and Antigenotoxicity of Cassia tora. Sho-saiko-to. Licorice Root Flavonoid Antioxidants Reduce LDL Oxidation and Attenuate Cardiovascular Diseases. Estrogen-Like Activity of Licorice Root Extract and Its Constituents. Protection of Oxidative Brain Injury by Chinese Herbal Medicine: Shengmai San as a Model Formula for the Antioxidant-Based-Compounds Therapy of Oxidative Stress-Related Diseases. Eurycoma longifolia Jack (Tongkat Ali). The Biological and Pharmacological Properties of Cordyceps sinesis, a Traditional Chinese Medicine That Has Broad Clinical Applications. Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, and Health Effects of Brandisia hancei. Ephedra. Echinacea and Immunostimulation. Medical Attributes of St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Therapeutic Potential of Curcumin Derived from Turmeric (Curcuma longa). Extracts from the Leaves of Chromolaena odorata: A Potential Agent for Wound Healing. Medicinal Properties of Eucommia Bark and Leaves. Systemic Reviews of Herbal Medicinal Products: Doing More Good Than Harm? Use of Silicon-Based Oligonucleotide Chip in Authentication of Toxic Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine: Problems and Drawbacks. Review of Adverse Effects of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Herb-Drug Interactions.