Description: This is a reference guide for 185 of the most commonly used herbal remedies that are encountered in clinical practice. Using a standardized template for each herb, the author provides essential information from a medical perspective on treatment indications and safety concerns.
Purpose: The author's intention is to provide an easily accessible reference on the usage of commonly used herbs. His hope is to promote an ongoing dialogue between patients and clinicians regarding treatment options, be it herbal therapies and/or standard treatments. The author addresses a critical need in bringing the increasing usage of herbs out into the open for discussion. He recognizes that practitioners need to familiarize themselves with herbal knowledge in order to be comfortable in engaging in a dialogue with patients. However, the author clearly understands that with the plethora of existing information on this subject, the information must be available in a readily accessible manner to meet the demands of the busy practitioner. He has indeed accomplished his goals by consolidating essential information in an easy guide.
Audience: The author designed this herbal guide for primary care clinicians, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents and medical students, nurses, and consumers. It can be used by all healthcare practitioners involved in providing patient care. Its versatility in format and language make it pertinent for a broad audience. The author's expertise includes more than 15 years of clinical practice in community and family medicine in a variety of settings. He offers consultations on alternative therapies and has lectured widely to professional and consumer audiences.
Features: In a clinically useful and consumer friendly format, the book features one herb per page in alphabetical order. Prior to the comprehensive listing of herbs, the author gives a quick 3-page index of 30 most effective treatments, along with indications, based on research studies. Each herb is identified by scientific as well as common name. Categories include principal reported indications, probable effective dosage, contraindications, potential medication interactions, and any significant comments. A star rating system next to each listed indication gives information on efficacy and human clinical trials. Each page is concisely filled with the most pertinent facts needed for clinical situations. At the end of the book, a reference section refers to resources consulted by the author. An 8-page glossary defines medical terminology geared to the lay person. A 100-page index has two sections, common herb names and clinical indications.
Assessment: This book fulfills the practitioner's dream for a comprehensive yet condensed reference based on clinical research and medical practice while providing quick access to information. Because of its ease of use, it allows the practitioner to retrieve information even during the patient visit so as to more efficiently address questions and treatment choices. The author has more than succeeded in synthesizing a difficult and overwhelming subject without sacrificing important and essential facts. It is a must have for today's practitioner.