The Herbal Internet Companion: Herbs and Herbal Medicine Online


Besides listing hundreds of reliable Internet sites & what can be found there, An Herbal Internet Companion discusses criteria for assessing the quality of health information on the Internet. This up-to-date volume shows readers how to find the information they need about:
• consumer/patient needs & frequently asked questions
• ...

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Besides listing hundreds of reliable Internet sites & what can be found there, An Herbal Internet Companion discusses criteria for assessing the quality of health information on the Internet. This up-to-date volume shows readers how to find the information they need about:
• consumer/patient needs & frequently asked questions
• mailing lists, chat rooms, & newsgroups providing herbal information
• laws, standards, & regulations
• associations & organizations dealing with herbal medicine
• consumer protection, health fraud, & quackery
• clinical trials & evidence about specific products
• Internet resources in specialized health areas such as cancer & AIDS
• side effects, adverse reactions, & drug interactions
• online indexes & databases such as MEDLINE
• ... And much more!

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Editorial Reviews

Constance Grauds
A must-have for anyone serious about herbs and herbal medicine. . . . Takes the mystery and confusion out of the navigation through the excessive amounts of information about herbs on the Internet. Anyone seeking consistent,quality information on herbs and herbal medicines should have this book as part of their research library.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Gina M Augustine, MLS (St. Francis Hospital of New Castle)
Description: This handbook is a compilation of online herbal and herbal medicine resources. Web sites, mailing lists, newsgroups, and chat rooms are listed and described. Websites assessed against a list of criteria include Internet information, books, organizations/associations, laws/regulations/standards, adverse effects, consumer health information, databases/indexes, specialized health areas, and aromatherapy. Mailing lists, newsgroups, and chat room topics include frequently asked questions, fraud, alternative health concepts, patient care, and herbal plant conservation.
Purpose: The book's purpose is two-fold: first, to identify online resources for alternative drug/treatment questions and research and second, to provide navigational and evaluation tools suitable for sorting through the vast amount of information available and determining its accuracy, reliability, and relevance. Given the large number of people who use the Internet for health information and the limited number of print resources available on herbal/alternative therapies for healthcare professionals, a book of this type is certainly needed. The author's objectives are met.
Audience: This book can benefit not only individuals seeking herbal/alternative personal health information, but also physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and medical/academic librarians struggling to answer questions posed by patients and patrons. The author's experience and educational background qualify him as a credible authority in this area.
Features: In addition to listings and descriptions of online resources, the author also provides easy to understand general information on herbs, their history and industry in the United States, botanical and agricultural background including plant names, traditional medicine origins/folklore/ethnobotany, dietary supplements, and clinical trials/evidence. Criteria used for evaluation and inclusion is succinctly stated in a reference table early in the book. Numerous references are included. Both the glossary and index are excellent.
Assessment: This is an excellent, well written, organized text on herbal online resources suitable for both healthcare professionals and consumers. Online resources include not only web sites, but also mailing lists, newsgroups, and chat rooms. The author includes solid criteria for the evaluation of online resources advising the reader to thoroughly screen herbal and alternative information on the Internet. This book would be a wonderful addition to both medical and consumer health libraries.
From The Critics
Basing this book on the growing database he has compiled for his work, Owen (health sciences librarian, U. of California-San Francisco) offers a guide to information about medicinal herbs and herbal medicine on the Internet. It would be most useful to medical practitioners and serious herbologists, rather than to casual users. The listing is arranged in sections such as botanical information, historical research, clinical evidence for efficacy, and regulatory issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789010520
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Pages: 193
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Herbal Medicine and the Internet
  • Herbal Information Resources
  • Herbal Information and the Internet
  • How “Stable” Are Herbal Web Sites?
  • Web Sites for Evaluating Internet Material
  • Chapter 2. A Herbal Renaissance
  • Herbalism in the United States
  • Web Site Resources for Herbal Texts
  • Chapter 3. Identification, Cultivation, and Conservation: Botanical and Agricultural Resources
  • What Is an Herb?
  • Plant Names and Plant Taxonomy
  • The Importance of Correct Plant Identification
  • Web Sites Providing Botanical, Conservation, and Cultivation Data
  • Chapter 4. The Traditional Herbalist Movement and the U.S. Herbal Industry
  • The Herbalist Approach to Health
  • Herbal Products and Manufacturers
  • Web Sites of Practicing Herbalists and U.S. Herbal Organizations
  • Chapter 5. Herbal Associations and Organizations
  • Herbal Organizations in the United States and Europe
  • Web Sites of Professional Herbal Organizations
  • Chapter 6. The Mainstreaming of Herbal Medicine
  • University-Affiliated, Nonprofit, and Other Research Institutions
  • Chapter 7. Traditional Medicine, Folklore, and Ethnobotany
  • Traditional Medicine and Herbal Remedies
  • Traditional Chinese, Tibetan, and Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Ethnobotany
  • Herbal Folklore
  • Web Sites Focusing on Traditional Herbal Medicine
  • Chapter 8. Laws, Regulations, and Standards
  • Drug Laws and Regulations
  • The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994
  • Consistency and Standardization
  • Europe and Germany's Commission E Monographs
  • Web Sites of Government and Private Regulatory Agencies
  • Chapter 9. Clinical Evidence and Clinical Trials
  • Do Herbs Work?
  • Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
  • Web Sites Providing Information on Clinical Evidence and Trials
  • Chapter 10. Adverse Effects, Adverse Reactions, and Drug Interactions
  • Herbal Remedies Are Not Risk Free
  • Web Sites That Discuss Adverse Herb Reactions and Drug-Herb Interactions
  • Chapter 11. Quackery, Health Fraud, and Consumer Protection
  • Conflicts Between Allopathic Medicine and Herbalists
  • Health Fraud and Quackery
  • Web Sites Dedicated to Consumer Education and Awareness
  • Chapter 12. Information for Consumers and Patients
  • The Internet and Health Care
  • Web Sites Serving As Gateways to Reliable Herbal Information
  • Chapter 13. MEDLINE and Other Online Indexes/Databases
  • Medical Information and the Information Explosion
  • The Literature on CAM
  • Web Sites Providing Access to Databases and Indexes
  • Chapter 14. AIDS, Cancer, and Other Specialized Health Areas
  • Complementary or Alternative Medicine
  • Cancer and CAM
  • CAM and HIV/AIDS
  • Web Sites That Focus on Particular Diseases and Health Issues
  • Chapter 15. Aromatherapy
  • What Is Aromatherapy?
  • Aromatherapy in Europe
  • Web Sites Providing Information on Aromatherapy
  • Chapter 16. Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Chat Rooms
  • The Internet and the New Communication Channels
  • Internet Sites for Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Chat Rooms
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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