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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, CS (Pace University)
Description: This is an easy to use handbook on herbal products and supplements commonly used in the U.S. and Canada. Information on each product is presented in a monograph form.
Purpose: The authors have succeeded in developing a manageable, current, and easy to carry reference book for use by clinicians. The content on herbs and supplements is well organized, thorough, and comprehensive.
Audience: This is a timely reference for healthcare professionals who work with individuals who use herbal products and supplements. The authors are a nurse with a PhD in physiology and an herbalist. They state that one of their goals is to provide traditional information as well as available scientific data on the products described. Both students and experienced practitioners will find this book helpful in their practice with a variety of clients.
Features: Each herbal monograph and supplement includes the name of the product, description of the plant, action, ingredients, traditional and current use, available forms, dosage, contraindications, and side effects. Another positive feature is the inclusion of a bibliography at the end of each monograph. Appendixes list herbs or supplements that may be used in specific medical conditions and the herbs that are contraindicated in pregnancy and breast feeding. There is also a list of commonly used abbreviations and a glossary.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for providers who prescribe these products or who work with clients who use herbal products. The authors have included known research and scientific information on products whenever possible. Well written, easy to access, and current in its information. this is a must have for providers.