Rational Phytotherapy: A Reference Guide for Physicians and Pharmacists / Edition 5

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All practitioners and pharmacists interested in treatment with herbal remedies should have this book at their disposal. It is the definitive practice-oriented introduction - now in its fifth edition - to phytotherapy. Methodically classified by organic systems and fields of application, the text provides a quick insight into dosage, form of application and effects of the most important herbal remedies. Only those herbal remedies that are of pharmacological and clinical efficiency have been considered. The authors are highly experienced in the field of postgraduate medical education, and, with this work, present an indispensable reference book for the medical practice.

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Reviewer: Mirza E Perez, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: The 5th edition of this well-recognized text (previous edition, 1999), translated from the original German, provides a detailed description of plant-derived medicines by organ system, after a valuable overview chapter. All the major herbals are discussed in a methodical fashion, with ample use of tables, diagrams, and color figures.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide readers with complete descriptions and documentation of available safety and efficacy information on plant-derived medicines. The book meets this objective, even including valuable comments on clinical trials.
Audience: This text is targeted at practicing pharmacists and physicians, but could be useful for students or clinicians in training. It has been prepared by recognized authorities in the field.
Features: The book's nine chapters include a review of medicinal plants and phytotherapy, followed by chapters on the central nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary-gynecologic systems, and additional topics. Chapters are further subdivided into sections based on a single herbal medicines, or specific disorders. Discussion of an herbal includes botanical descriptions, constituents, analysis and pharmacokinetics as well as pharmacology/toxicology, indications and contraindications based on clinical trial data. Much is based on the well-regulated German herbal products.
Assessment: Given the complete revision of this edition consistent with the continuing emergence of data in the field, it replaces any previous editions. The book contains pharmaceutically and clinically important information on many of the common herbal medicines seen in practice.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642074066
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 3/31/2014
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 5th ed. 2004
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 417
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Medicinal Plants, Phytomedicines, and Phytotherapy 2 Central Nervous System 3 Cardiovascular System 4 Respiratory System 5 Digestive System 6 Urinary Tract 7 Gynecologic Indications for Herbal Remedies 8 Skin, Trauma, Rheumatism, and Pain 9 Agents that Increase Resistance to Diseases 10 Appendix: The 100 Most Commonly Prescribed Herbal Medications in Germany

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