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Overview

With all of the essential information you need on herbal pharmacotherapy for the pharmacy setting, Natural Standard Herbal Pharmacotherapy provides practical guidance on the use of herbal therapies for medical conditions. The text’s unique expanded outline format allows you to quickly review facts and identify important information. Each chapter includes detailed, evidence-based coverage of the effects of herbal medicine on medical conditions, and Natural Standard’s grading scale ensures you use the most effective treatments for your patients. Plus, a section on adjunct therapies provides advice on combining herbal medicine with primary treatments.

Chapters are organized by medical condition, and present supportive evidence for selected herbal therapies used for specific medical conditions.
A full-color insert provides photos of herbs covered in the text in their natural settings.
Case studies prepare you for patient counseling in clinical practice.
Review questions, similar to those on national board exams, allow trainees to evaluate learning and identify areas for further study, with answers provided at the back of the book.
A section on herbal therapies with limited evidence includes information on widely used products which lack scientific evidence to support use.
Dosing information provided for adults and children.
Integrative therapy plans help quickly assess patient needs and create cohesive treatment plans considering all therapeutic options.
Herb tables by therapeutic class summarize products with properties related to specific medical conditions.
An appendix of normal lab values includes the relative range for a variety of tests and conditions.
The comprehensive safety appendix describes adverse effects, clinically significant interactions between herbs and other botanicals (including plants, fungi, algae, and common constituents) with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. This section also includes pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics information for herbal therapies.
A pregnancy appendix contains scientific evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of herbal products during pregnancy and lactation.

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Reviewer: Rahmat M. Talukder, PhD, RPh (West Coast University School of Pharmacy)
Description: This extensive compilation of information on the safety and efficacy of herbal remedies uses a grading scale from A to F to denote the level of effectiveness of the herbal agents, with A indicating the agents with highest positive evidence of their efficacy and F indicating strong negative information. The book also provides color photos of representative plants for ready identification.
Purpose: The objective is to present evidenced-based information on the safety and efficacy of herbal products. Understanding the scientific facts of herbal products is essential to ensure the safety of patients and, in this respect, the objective of the book is very relevant. It offers information on the safety and efficacy of herbal agents including their proposed mechanisms of action. However, the overall objective is only partially met, as the evidence presented in the book is not convincing enough.
Audience: The book is intended to offer current information on herbal products to anyone interested in alternative medicine, particularly herbal therapy. Thus, anybody who wants to learn pertinent information on this topic will find this an excellent source. Catherine Ulbricht is the cofounder and editor of the Natural Standard Research Collaboration and has published numerous articles on herbal pharmacotherapy. The contributing authors are from academia as well as from the healthcare industry.
Features: The organization of the book is similar to that of a pharmacology textbook. The 30 chapters are organized by disease state and each one begins with a brief overview of the disease, followed by the description of the herbal agents that can be used in treating the condition. In addition to the safety and efficacy of the herbal agents, the authors discuss the mechanism of action of the products. Herbal products with negative evidence for their use in a particular condition are also discussed in the chapter. Besides the discussions on disease conditions and their treatment with herbal agents, each chapter includes a number of case studies and review questions to facilitate learning. The herb tables that summarize products with properties related to specific medical conditions are helpful. An appendix on pregnancy and lactation provides valuable information on the safety and efficacy of herbal therapy for these patients. Another useful appendix presents the adverse effects, interactions, and pharmacokinetics of herbal agents. Although the book is presented as using an evidence-based approach to understanding herbal pharmacotherapy, there are no references in the book; rather, readers must go online to find them.
Assessment: This compilation of information on various herbal remedies is unusual for providing the source of the information at a separate online site rather than in the book. The case studies appear to be trivial, but they and the review questions should be helpful to readers. The book presents numerous herbal agents that have significant benefit, but in many cases the dose is not defined clearly. For example, referring to pomegranate juice, the authors note that a subject consumed 1 L daily for 5 days. Can this be a realistic dose for a patient? If it is not, then what is the purpose of this information? The book, however, presents significant drug interactions with herbal agents, which should be useful to clinicians.
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Reviewer: Rahmat M Talukder, Ph.D.(Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy)
Description: This extensive compilation of information on the safety and efficacy of herbal remedies uses a grading scale from A to F to denote the level of effectiveness of the herbal agents, with A indicating the agents with highest positive evidence of their efficacy and F indicating strong negative information. The book also provides color photos of representative plants for ready identification.
Purpose: The objective is to present evidenced-based information on the safety and efficacy of herbal products. Understanding the scientific facts of herbal products is essential to ensure the safety of patients and, in this respect, the objective of the book is very relevant. It offers information on the safety and efficacy of herbal agents including their proposed mechanisms of action. However, the overall objective is only partially met, as the evidence presented in the book is not convincing enough.
Audience: The book is intended to offer current information on herbal products to anyone interested in alternative medicine, particularly herbal therapy. Thus, anybody who wants to learn pertinent information on this topic will find this an excellent source. Catherine Ulbricht is the cofounder and editor of the Natural Standard Research Collaboration and has published numerous articles on herbal pharmacotherapy. The contributing authors are from academia as well as from the healthcare industry.
Features: The organization of the book is similar to that of a pharmacology textbook. The 30 chapters are organized by disease state and each one begins with a brief overview of the disease, followed by the description of the herbal agents that can be used in treating the condition. In addition to the safety and efficacy of the herbal agents, the authors discuss the mechanism of action of the products. Herbal products with negative evidence for their use in a particular condition are also discussed in the chapter. Besides the discussions on disease conditions and their treatment with herbal agents, each chapter includes a number of case studies and review questions to facilitate learning. The herb tables that summarize products with properties related to specific medical conditions are helpful. An appendix on pregnancy and lactation provides valuable information on the safety and efficacy of herbal therapy for these patients. Another useful appendix presents the adverse effects, interactions, and pharmacokinetics of herbal agents. Although the book is presented as using an evidence-based approach to understanding herbal pharmacotherapy, there are no references in the book; rather, readers must go online to find them.
Assessment: This compilation of information on various herbal remedies is unusual for providing the source of the information at a separate online site rather than in the book. The case studies appear to be trivial, but they and the review questions should be helpful to readers. The book presents numerous herbal agents that have significant benefit, but in many cases the dose is not defined clearly. For example, referring to pomegranate juice, the authors note that a subject consumed 1 L daily for 5 days. Can this be a realistic dose for a patient? If it is not, then what is the purpose of this information? The book, however, presents significant drug interactions with herbal agents, which should be useful to clinicians.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Rahmat M Talukder, Ph.D. (Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy)
Description: This extensive compilation of information on the safety and efficacy of herbal remedies uses a grading scale from A to F to denote the level of effectiveness of the herbal agents, with A indicating the agents with highest positive evidence of their efficacy and F indicating strong negative information. The book also provides color photos of representative plants for ready identification.
Purpose: The objective is to present evidenced-based information on the safety and efficacy of herbal products. Understanding the scientific facts of herbal products is essential to ensure the safety of patients and, in this respect, the objective of the book is very relevant. It offers information on the safety and efficacy of herbal agents including their proposed mechanisms of action. However, the overall objective is only partially met, as the evidence presented in the book is not convincing enough.
Audience: The book is intended to offer current information on herbal products to anyone interested in alternative medicine, particularly herbal therapy. Thus, anybody who wants to learn pertinent information on this topic will find this an excellent source. Catherine Ulbricht is the cofounder and editor of the Natural Standard Research Collaboration and has published numerous articles on herbal pharmacotherapy. The contributing authors are from academia as well as from the healthcare industry.
Features: The organization of the book is similar to that of a pharmacology textbook. The 30 chapters are organized by disease state and each one begins with a brief overview of the disease, followed by the description of the herbal agents that can be used in treating the condition. In addition to the safety and efficacy of the herbal agents, the authors discuss the mechanism of action of the products. Herbal products with negative evidence for their use in a particular condition are also discussed in the chapter. Besides the discussions on disease conditions and their treatment with herbal agents, each chapter includes a number of case studies and review questions to facilitate learning. The herb tables that summarize products with properties related to specific medical conditions are helpful. An appendix on pregnancy and lactation provides valuable information on the safety and efficacy of herbal therapy for these patients. Another useful appendix presents the adverse effects, interactions, and pharmacokinetics of herbal agents. Although the book is presented as using an evidence-based approach to understanding herbal pharmacotherapy, there are no references in the book; rather, readers must go online to find them.
Assessment: This compilation of information on various herbal remedies is unusual for providing the source of the information at a separate online site rather than in the book. The case studies appear to be trivial, but they and the review questions should be helpful to readers. The book presents numerous herbal agents that have significant benefit, but in many cases the dose is not defined clearly. For example, referring to pomegranate juice, the authors note that a subject consumed 1 L daily for 5 days. Can this be a realistic dose for a patient? If it is not, then what is the purpose of this information? The book, however, presents significant drug interactions with herbal agents, which should be useful to clinicians.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Rahmat M Talukder, Ph.D.(Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy)
Description: This extensive compilation of information on the safety and efficacy of herbal remedies uses a grading scale from A to F to denote the level of effectiveness of the herbal agents, with A indicating the agents with highest positive evidence of their efficacy and F indicating strong negative information. The book also provides color photos of representative plants for ready identification.
Purpose: The objective is to present evidenced-based information on the safety and efficacy of herbal products. Understanding the scientific facts of herbal products is essential to ensure the safety of patients and, in this respect, the objective of the book is very relevant. It offers information on the safety and efficacy of herbal agents including their proposed mechanisms of action. However, the overall objective is only partially met, as the evidence presented in the book is not convincing enough.
Audience: The book is intended to offer current information on herbal products to anyone interested in alternative medicine, particularly herbal therapy. Thus, anybody who wants to learn pertinent information on this topic will find this an excellent source. Catherine Ulbricht is the cofounder and editor of the Natural Standard Research Collaboration and has published numerous articles on herbal pharmacotherapy. The contributing authors are from academia as well as from the healthcare industry.
Features: The organization of the book is similar to that of a pharmacology textbook. The 30 chapters are organized by disease state and each one begins with a brief overview of the disease, followed by the description of the herbal agents that can be used in treating the condition. In addition to the safety and efficacy of the herbal agents, the authors discuss the mechanism of action of the products. Herbal products with negative evidence for their use in a particular condition are also discussed in the chapter. Besides the discussions on disease conditions and their treatment with herbal agents, each chapter includes a number of case studies and review questions to facilitate learning. The herb tables that summarize products with properties related to specific medical conditions are helpful. An appendix on pregnancy and lactation provides valuable information on the safety and efficacy of herbal therapy for these patients. Another useful appendix presents the adverse effects, interactions, and pharmacokinetics of herbal agents. Although the book is presented as using an evidence-based approach to understanding herbal pharmacotherapy, there are no references in the book; rather, readers must go online to find them.
Assessment: This compilation of information on various herbal remedies is unusual for providing the source of the information at a separate online site rather than in the book. The case studies appear to be trivial, but they and the review questions should be helpful to readers. The book presents numerous herbal agents that have significant benefit, but in many cases the dose is not defined clearly. For example, referring to pomegranate juice, the authors note that a subject consumed 1 L daily for 5 days. Can this be a realistic dose for a patient? If it is not, then what is the purpose of this information? The book, however, presents significant drug interactions with herbal agents, which should be useful to clinicians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323051842
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Herbal Pharmacotherapy

Chapter 2 - Evidence-Based Integrative Care

Chapter 3 - Psychiatric Disorders

Chapter 4 - Anxiety and Insomnia

Chapter 5 - Depressive Disorders

Chapter 6 - Physical and Cognitive Enhancement

Chapter 7 - Parkinson’s Disease

Chapter 8 - Epilepsy

Chapter 9 - Pain

Chapter 10 - Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

Chapter 11 - Hypertension

Chapter 12 - Congestive Heart Failure and Diuresis

Chapter 13 - Angina

Chapter 14 - Ischemic Disease and Heart Rhythm Disorders

Chapter 15 - Coagulation Disorders

Chapter 16 - Lipid Disorders

Chapter 17 - Respiratory Disorders

Chapter 18 - Diabetes

Chapter 19 - Pituitary and Thyroid Disorders

Chapter 20 - Obesity

Chapter 21 - Menopause

Chapter 22 - Osteoporosis

Chapter 23 - Arthritis

Chapter 24 - Gastrointestinal Disorders

Chapter 25 - Liver Disorders

Chapter 26 - Genitourinary Disorders

Chapter 27 - Bacterial Infections

Chapter 28 - Parasitic Infections

Chapter 29 - Viral Infections

Chapter 30 - Cancer

Appendix A – Safety: Adverse Effects, Interactions, Pharmacokinetics

Appendix B – Pregnancy and Lactation

Appendix C – Therapeutic Class Tables

Appendix D – Laboratory Values Answers to Review Questions

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