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Overview

A comprehensive, truly unbiased herbal resource for health care professionals.

You want to know the facts about herbal agents, not the folklore. You want results of scientific studies, not anecdotal reports and unverified claims. With a foreword by the highly respected Simeon Margolis, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and biological chemistry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, this book gives you all of these facts, and more.

Detailed, scientific, fully researched:
Detailed monographs on nearly 300 of the most commonly used herbals cover generic names, synonyms, common trade names, common forms, source, chemical components, actions, reported uses, dosage, adverse reactions, interactions, contraindications and precautions, special considerations, analysis, references, and more.

The analysis lets you know exactly where each agent stands from a scientific point of view. References to scientific literature, including Germany's Commission E findings, allow you to gauge the validity of claims made about each herb.

Filled with helpful features:

  • Critical data are accented with eye-catching alerts.
  • Special sections outline significant research findings.
  • Appendices include a reproducible patient-teaching aid, therapeutic monitoring guidelines, and more.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Patricia West, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a compendium of more than 300 herbal agents. Each herbal agent is thoroughly described with information on the actions, reported uses, dosing, adverse reaction, drug interactions, and contraindications and precautions. The appendixes provide valuable information in table format along with an herbal information sheet that can be reproduced for patient counseling.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive and scientifically valid reference for complementary and alternative medicines. Alternative medicines are being used by more than 60 million people in the United States. Healthcare professionals need reliable and scientific information regarding these therapies. Therefore, providing a reference that combines scientific knowledge with expert evaluation is important. The authors, contributors, and consultants appear to be qualified based on their affiliations and professional degrees.
Audience: This book is designed for use by all healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, physicians, and nurses. It would be a useful reference for anyone involved in evaluating drug therapy.
Features: It features an overview chapter with a review of the history of complementary and alternative medicines, regulations, risks, and uses of these medicines. This alphabetical compendium is a description of the actions, uses, dosing, adverse effects, drug interactions, contraindications and precautions, and special considerations of more than 300 herbal medicines, along with an analysis by the authors . "Alert" symbols are utilized to draw the reader's attention to warnings about the use of the agent. The appendixes include information on the safety of herbal agents or plants, agents to avoid during pregnancy, monitoring guidelines, interactions, and study data in table format.
Assessment: This book adds to the limited number of reliable references currently available to healthcare professionals whose patients take alternative medicines, and is therefore a valuable resource for herbal information.
Patricia West
This is a compendium of more than 300 herbal agents. Each herbal agent is thoroughly described with information on the actions, reported uses, dosing, adverse reaction, drug interactions, and contraindications and precautions. The appendixes provide valuable information in table format along with an herbal information sheet that can be reproduced for patient counseling. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive and scientifically valid reference for complementary and alternative medicines. Alternative medicines are being used by more than 60 million people in the United States. Healthcare professionals need reliable and scientific information regarding these therapies. Therefore, providing a reference that combines scientific knowledge with expert evaluation is important. The authors, contributors, and consultants appear to be qualified based on their affiliations and professional degrees. This book is designed for use by all healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, physicians, and nurses. It would be a useful reference for anyone involved in evaluating drug therapy. It features an overview chapter with a review of the history of complementary and alternative medicines, regulations, risks, and uses of these medicines. This alphabetical compendium is a description of the actions, uses, dosing, adverse effects, drug interactions, contraindications and precautions, and special considerations of more than 300 herbal medicines, along with an analysis by the authors . "Alert" symbols are utilized to draw the reader's attention to warnings about the use of the agent. The appendixes include information on the safety of herbal agents or plants, agents to avoid during pregnancy,monitoring guidelines, interactions, and study data in table format. This book adds to the limited number of reliable references currently available to healthcare professionals whose patients take alternative medicines, and is therefore a valuable resource for herbal information.
Library Journal
Although written for healthcare professionals by two professors of pharmacokinetics, this handy little compendium to botanical medicine has a legitimate place in consumer collections where users expect to find standard pharmacopeias. Easy to use and fully referenced, this handbook lists some 300 herbal remedies; each entry includes generic and common trade names, actions, dosage, adverse reactions, contradictions and precautions, and more. Special logos, like "Alert symbol," "Research findings," "Folklore," etc., enhance the reference's appeal. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874349719
  • Publisher: Springhouse Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 4.53 (w) x 7.53 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors and consultants

vii

Foreword

x

Preface

xi

How to use Professional's Handbook of Complementary
& Alternative Medicines

xiii

Abbreviations

xvi

 
Overview & herbal agents
Overview of complementary & alternative medicines

1

Herbal entries A-Z

13

Additional references

693

 
Appendices
Selected herbal agents with limited clinical data

696

Herbal agents listed as unsafe by the FDA

699

Potentially unsafe plants

700

Herbal agents to avoid during pregnancy

703

Potential drug-herbal agent interactions

706

Therapeutic monitoring guidelines

712

Study data on herbal agents by disorder

715

Herbal agents resource list

721

Herbal agent information sheet

724

 
Index

728

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Foreword

From the Foreword:

...Without question, herbal medicines are here to stay. Because so many patients use herbals today, every health care professional ... needs to know as much as possible about herbal medicines.
Most important, that information needs to be reliable and unbiased. Yet nearly every herbal resource available today offers largely anecdotal data or is so strongly biased for or against herbal medicines that even the most conscientious health care professionals have difficulty discerning fact from myth...Culled from respected scientific sources throughout the world, the references [in this book] allow you to ascribe whatever weight you feel appropriate to the information contained in each entry. And the analysis offers the authors' insight into the therapeutic usefulness of each herb.
The authors, both widely respected and highly experienced, have pored through hundreds of journal articles and thousands of pages of government documents to compile this most comprehensive reference. You won't find a more detailed, professional resource about herbal medicines anywhere, nor one presented with such a keen eye toward presenting the facts about herbals, not the folklore...
----Simeon Margolis, MD, PhD. Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

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