Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine / Edition 1

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Overview

This book provides a detailed, practical and, where possible, research-based rationale for the use of herbal treatments in a wide variety of clinical conditions and problems. Through the filter of current scientific literature, the authors have reevaluated traditional use of herbal remedies and present realistic guidelines for modern practice. A uniquely authoritative guide to applying herbal medicines as serious options for the treatment of some of the most troublesome conditions seen today.

In particular, this book gives:

* A clear description of the principles and foundations for the practice of phytotherapy
* In-depth and detailed profiles of over 45 herbs, reviewing pharmacology, research, and traditional use
* Therapeutics for actual disease states, supported by case histories
*Coverage of challenging issues such as dosage, safety, and drug-herb interactions

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Paula F. Scharf, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: Information about herbal pharmacology and the clinical application to specific pathological conditions are provided in this text. Monographs for 44 specific herb are presented which include information about usage, dosage, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, clinical trials, toxicology, contraindications, side effects, and current regulatory status in selected countries.
Purpose: The primary objective is to assist traditional herbalists in their practice by providing contemporary rationale for herbal use, application of herbs to manage common health problems, and up-to-date information about herbal treatments. The authors intend to fill a gap in the information pertaining to the safe and effective use of herbal therapeutics in modern times.
Audience: The book is written for traditional herbal practitioners. The contents are also of interest to other health practitioners who are open-minded about herbal therapy as an alternative to medicinal pharmacological agents.
Features: The information is presented in three distinct parts. In Part I traditional systematic use of herbal therapy, pharmacological principles, and practical implications of using herbal therapy compared with other treatments are discussed. In Part II the use of herbs for specific clinical conditions is explored. And in Part III monographs about specific herbal remedies are presented. A shortcoming is the cumbersome writing style of the authors, particularly in the first section, which I had to read several times to understand the point. The text is in a black-and-white format, which does not enhance the reader's interest.
Assessment: The authors target an audience that prescribes herbal pharmacological remedies and they provide information about herbal treatments for specific pathological states. Very basic information is included, which I believes is unnecessary (e.g., it seems realistic to assume that a professional treating illness would know causative factors of common illnesses). The inclusion of such basic information distracts from the readability and scientific level of the text. The absence of color in illustrations is another shortcoming — if included they might make this textbook more interesting to read.
Paula F. Scharf
Information about herbal pharmacology and the clinical application to specific pathological conditions are provided in this text. Monographs for 44 specific herb are presented which include information about usage, dosage, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, clinical trials, toxicology, contraindications, side effects, and current regulatory status in selected countries. The primary objective is to assist traditional herbalists in their practice by providing contemporary rationale for herbal use, application of herbs to manage common health problems, and up-to-date information about herbal treatments. The authors intend to fill a gap in the information pertaining to the safe and effective use of herbal therapeutics in modern times. The book is written for traditional herbal practitioners. The contents are also of interest to other health practitioners who are open-minded about herbal therapy as an alternative to medicinal pharmacological agents. The information is presented in three distinct parts. In Part I traditional systematic use of herbal therapy, pharmacological principles, and practical implications of using herbal therapy compared with other treatments are discussed. In Part II the use of herbs for specific clinical conditions is explored. And in Part III monographs about specific herbal remedies are presented. A shortcoming is the cumbersome writing style of the authors, particularly in the first section, which I had to read several times to understand the point. The text is in a black-and-white format, which does not enhance the reader's interest. The authors target an audience that prescribes herbal pharmacological remedies and they provide information about herbaltreatments for specific pathological states. Very basic information is included, which I believes is unnecessary (e.g., it seems realistic to assume that a professional treating illness would know causative factors of common illnesses). The inclusion of such basic information distracts from the readability and scientific level of the text. The absence of color in illustrations is another shortcoming -- if included they might make this textbook more interesting to read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443060168
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/15/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1 BACKGROUND and STRATEGIES: Traditional Herbal Therapeutic Systems. Principles of Herbal Pharmacology. Principles of Herbal Treatment. Herbal Diagnosis. Validating Herbal Therapeutics. Optimising Safety PART 2 PRACTICAL CLINICAL GUIDES: Dosage Issues. Herbal Approaches to Pathological States. Herbal Approaches to System Dysfunctions. A Systematic Approach to Herbal Prescribing PART 3 a MATERIA MEDICA: Herb Monographs Bibliography. Actions Index. Symtoms and Conditions Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    Wonderful text for any practicioner in Phytotherapy

    Having taken the course in Phytotherapy from Australian College of Phytotherapy(180 hrs), I found the text invaluable and now using on a daily reference in my practice. Easy to use and yet very comprehensive.

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