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From The CriticsReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book is designed for quick reference on key information on over 270 herbs and natural supplements. The handbook contains detailed monographs presented in a consistent format. Also included are many useful appendexes and an easy to use index. The book captures the format of drug guides offered by several publishing companies.
Purpose: The handbook provides reliable, unbiased information for healthcare providers about herbs and other alternative supplements. Considering the extensive use by the public of over-the-counter alternative supplements, a quick reference such as this aimed at health providers is a needed resource in healthcare.
Audience: It is intended and appropriate for professionals and students in a variety of healthcare disciplines. Contributing consultants such as herbalists, nurses, and health educators authored the text.
Features: The book leads off with important information that addresses quality, production, and standarization issues, as well as research. It contains pertinent information about common and scientific names, class, origin, uses, availability and dosages, precautionary information, pharmacology and actions and client considerations for herbal use. One unique feature is an appendix citing key online herbal resources. One shortcoming is an apparent reliance on information derived from the world wide web and underuse of scientifc references.
Assessment: This is a publication that every healthcare provider should own. It presents essential information on actual and potential herb-drug interactions and emergency resources. This little book should become as ubiquitous as any drug manual especially for nurses and nursing students.