Herbal Medicine: A Concise Overview for Professionals

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The author and 11 leading international experts provide a balanced introduction to herbal medicine for both orthodox and alternative healthcare professionals. Issues covered include how and if herbal remedies work, what today's practitioners can learn from traditional herbalism, the difference between herbalism and phytomedicine, and adverse effects.

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Overview

The author and 11 leading international experts provide a balanced introduction to herbal medicine for both orthodox and alternative healthcare professionals. Issues covered include how and if herbal remedies work, what today's practitioners can learn from traditional herbalism, the difference between herbalism and phytomedicine, and adverse effects.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Joanne K. Singleton, PhD, RN, CS (Pace University)
Description: Do not be fooled by the dwarf size of this book — it is packed with valuable, evidence based information on herbal medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a useful, fully referenced guide to rational phytomedicine.
Audience: This book is aimed at physicians, medics, herbalists, and other healthcare professionals and students in these disciplines who are interested in plant based therapy. The editor and contributors all have strong and credible backgrounds in this area.
Features: A brief history of phytomedicine from ancient to current time is followed by contemporary issues of potentiation, attenuation of effects, quality, standardization, regulation, efficacy, and safety. The evidence based method used to develop this book makes it a reliable reference source at a time when less reliable information is proliferating. An excellent table on systematic reviews is included, as are meta-analyses on the efficacy of herbal drugs available to date.
Assessment: This book is a positive contribution to the area of complementary healthcare. Despite its small size, it offers an excellent place to start on the topic of herbal medicine. Readers are offered a model of the quality of material they should be seeking to gain and further expand their knowledge in this area.
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"This small paperback provides a very useful introduction to herbal medicine and includes contributions from twelve specialist authors, eight of whom are based in the UK. The eight chapters cover precisely the sorts of questions that any therapist would ask about any treatment. These include: How does it work? What can be learnt from its history? Is it safe? Should it be regulated? and How does it compare to other therapies?
All these matters are discussed and the available evidence is clearly presented. Specific examples of individual herbs are given, including plants such as Angelica, Arnica, Echinacca, Feverfew, Ginko, Ginseng, Saw Palmetto, Saint John s Wort and Valerian."Acupuncture in Medicine, June 2002
small book offers an evidence based look at herbal medicine that will serve as a useful introductory guide for physicians, herbalists and other healthcare professionals with an interest in plant based therapy, and also healthcare policy makers, herbal product manufacturers and medical educators."CAB Abstracts, May 2000
Joanne K. Singleton
Do not be fooled by the dwarf size of this book -- it is packed with valuable, evidence based information on herbal medicine. The purpose is to provide a useful, fully referenced guide to rational phytomedicine. This book is aimed at physicians, medics, herbalists, and other healthcare professionals and students in these disciplines who are interested in plant based therapy. The editor and contributors all have strong and credible backgrounds in this area. A brief history of phytomedicine from ancient to current time is followed by contemporary issues of potentiation, attenuation of effects, quality, standardization, regulation, efficacy, and safety. The evidence based method used to develop this book makes it a reliable reference source at a time when less reliable information is proliferating. An excellent table on systematic reviews is included, as are meta-analyses on the efficacy of herbal drugs available to date. This book is a positive contribution to the area of complementary healthcare. Despite its small size, it offers an excellent place to start on the topic of herbal medicine. Readers are offered a model of the quality of material they should be seeking to gain and further expand their knowledge in this area.
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Ernst (complementary medicine, U. of Exeter, UK) is assisted by 11 other European medical and pharmacological specialists in offering this guide for health care professionals interested in plant-based therapies. Issues covered include how and if herbal remedies work, what contemporary practitioners can learn from traditional herbalism, the difference between herbalism and phytomedicine, the implications of regulating herbal medicines, and the adverse effects of herbal medicines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750645409
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/14/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; From ancient texts to modern phytotherapy: plants in mind; Phytotherapy: consumer and pharmacist perspectives; New targets in phytopharmacology of plants; Synergy - myth or reality?; Quality and standardization of herbal medicinal products; The efficacy of herbal drugs; Safety issues in phytotherapy; Herbal medicinal products: regulation in the UK and European Union; Conclusion; Bibliography, Index.

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