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From The CriticsReviewer: Zina T. Saidi, Pharm.D. (Jeanes Hospital)
Description: This is the first book to deal with the specific interactions of herbal medicine with drugs, laboratory tests, food, and supplements.
Purpose: This purpose is to answer major questions that healthcare professionals have about the interaction of herbals and other drugs. The book meets and exceeds the objectives.
Audience: Healthcare professionals are the intended audience. The editors and authors are all experienced healthcare professionals with publications in this area.
Features: The book covers more than 200 herbals, with name, the kind of herb it is and what it's used for, and its interactions with drugs, food, and labs in great detail. It presents the clinical and experimental evidence, mechanism, importance, and management of the interaction. The best aspect of the book is the clinical and experimental evidence. The only shortcoming is the lack of tables. The book could have used tables listing the narrow therapeutic index drugs along with which herbals they interact. For example, in the index, warfarin lists at least 20 different pages to find information.
Assessment: This is a major reference on herbal medicines interactions that healthcare professionals need. It is well laid out alphabetically and includes extensive and major references. It will be especially useful for community pharmacists, where patients ask the most questions about herbals.