Natural Health Magazine Complete Guide to Safe Herbs

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Herbs can be a powerful path to healing if used in the right combinations with man-made medications, vitamins, and minerals, and with other herbs and healthy foods. But their potent ability to heal can become downright dangerous when used with out care. The Complete Guide to Safe Herbs provides detailed information on the right way to take hundreds of herbs to improve health -- without worrying about unexpected side effects. Easily accessible designs illustrates seven chapters covering these key categories: 175 ...
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Overview

Herbs can be a powerful path to healing if used in the right combinations with man-made medications, vitamins, and minerals, and with other herbs and healthy foods. But their potent ability to heal can become downright dangerous when used with out care. The Complete Guide to Safe Herbs provides detailed information on the right way to take hundreds of herbs to improve health -- without worrying about unexpected side effects. Easily accessible designs illustrates seven chapters covering these key categories: 175 Best Bets for Safe and Effective Herbs; Important Herbal Combination Formulas for Common Ailments; All the Essential Details on Combining Herbs with Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs; Helpful -- and Dangerous -- Herb and Food Combinations; Herb, Vitamin, and Mineral Interactions -- What Works and What to Avoid; Buyer Beware; Clear and Concise Advice on Which Herbs to Watch Out For; Herbal Dos and Don't for Children, Pregnant and Nursing Women, and Older People.
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This colorfully-illustrated guide catalogs the uses, dosage, and caveats for 176 herbs considered safe and effective in herbal medicine. Includes resources, a list of top-selling herbal products (US), additional reading, and an index of herbs by condition. Dr. Meletius is with The National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789480736
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2002
  • Series: Complete Guides
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 11.88 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris D. Melitis, N.D., is the Dean of Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at The National College of Naturopathic Medicine, one of America's premier institutions, and the oldest in the country, for the teaching of naturopathic physicians. His previous books included Interactions Between Drugs & Natural Medicines, A Naturopathic Guide to Clinical Nutrition, and Better Sex Naturally. Rachel Streit is the editor-in-chief of Natural Health magazine, the longest running and most respected periodical in the field of natural self-care. Streit has edited three other titles in this series, including The Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs, The Complete Guide to Homeopathy, and The Complete Guide to Integrative Medicine. Established in 1971, Natural Health is the longest running and most respected periodical in the field of natural self-care. Read by more than a million health-conscious readers each issue, Natural Health is a trusted leader, providing credible information, guidance, and inspiration to both core devotees of natural healing and to the growing legions of new natural health enthusiasts. Published by Weider Publications, Inc., Natural Health's Editorial Advisory Board includes such esteemed authorities as Dean Ornish, Carolyn Dean, and Andrew Weil.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction 8
Chapter 1 Safe and Effective Herbs 12
Understanding herbal medicine 14
Safe herbs catalog 18
Chapter 2 Safe and Effective Multiherb Formulas 62
Understanding multiherb formulas 64
Multiherb formulas 67
Chapter 3 Herb-Herb and Herb-Food Interactions 78
Understanding herb-herb interactions 80
Beneficial herb-herb combinations 82
Potentially harmful herb-herb interactions 91
Food-herb interactions 94
Chapter 4 Dietary Supplement-Herb Interactions 96
Understanding dietary supplement-herb interactions 98
Beneficial dietary supplement-herb interactions 101
Potentially harmful dietary supplement-herb interactions 113
Chapter 5 Drug-Herb Interactions 116
Understanding drug-herb interactions 118
Drug catalog 122
Chapter 6 Herbs for Special Cases 196
Understanding special cases 198
Safe herbs for children 202
Potentially dangerous herbs for children 205
Unsafe herbs for pregnant and nursing women 211
Safe herbs for older adults 219
Potentially dangerous herbs for older adults 229
Chapter 7 Buyer Beware 230
Herbal safety 232
Herbs to avoid 234
Appendix 241
Reliable manufacturers and suppliers 242
Top-selling herbs 243
Index of safe herbs by condition 243
Additional reading 248
Index 249
Acknowledgments 256
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