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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.