Tyler's Herbs of Choice: The Therapeutic Use of Phytomedicinals, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Does Echinacea fight the common cold? Does St. John's Wort (SJW) really counteract depression? What about chondroitin for joint health? Today's healthcare professionals are increasingly confronted with questions from patients who want to use herbal supplements to treat various conditions. A critical and scientific assessment of medicinal plant research by an internationally recognized researcher and writer in the field, Tyler's Herbs of Choice: The Therapeutic Use of Phytomedicinals, Third Edition combines the scientific aspects of herbal medicine, phytomedicine, and pharmacognosy with the modern clinical trials that support the rationale for using plant products in healthcare. A Decade's Worth of Updates The original edition of this volume was authored by the late Professor Varro E. Tyler, a true giant in the field of pharmacognosy and pharmacy education. Following in Tyler's footsteps, Dennis V.C. Awang, co-editor of the journal Phytomedicine, recognized the need for a revised third edition, in light of how quickly the clinical literature surrounding the dietary supplement market is growing. Millions of consumers are demanding natural treatment options from their doctors and pharmacies in a variety of forms, from herbal teas to tinctures and capsules. Tyler's Herbs of Choice: The Therapeutic Use of Phytomedicinals, Third Edition effectively fosters understanding in patients and practitioners of the role that herbs and phytomedicinal products can play in both self-care and healthcare.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
With respect to the herb and medicinal plant literature, there is no more knowledgeable expert and no more punctilious an editor of this subject in all of North America.
—from the Foreword by Mark Blumenthal, Founder & Executive Director, American Botanical Council, Austin, Texas

… this is a book that should be read by pharmacists and medical practitioners to be familiar with what patients may be taking in addition to more conventional drugs. It should also be read by academic chemists looking for projects for post-graduate students—judging by this book there is a gold mine out there waiting to be explored.
—E.R. Adlard, Chromatographia, 2010, 71

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789028099
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 929,092
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Dennis V.C. Awang was employed as a research scientist at Health and Welfare Canada for 24 years, prior to establishing his own consulting business. At the Bureau of Drug Research of the Health Protection Branch, he directed research in support of the regulatory bureau of the Drugs Directorate, the areas of drug stability and methodology development for antibiotics, hormones, and natural products. He was also, for many years, the official spokesperson in herbal science for the Canadian government. Dr. Awang was recently appointed co-editor for North America of the journal Phytomedicine.

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Table of Contents

Basic principles


Differences between herbs and other drugs

Herbal quality



Rational herbalism

General guidelines in the use of herbal medicines

Herbal dosage forms

Herbal medicine information sources


Contents and use of subsequent chapters


Digestive system problems

Nausea and vomiting (motion sickness)

Herbal remedy for nausea and vomiting

Appetite loss




Hepatotoxicity (liver damage)

Peptic ulcers


Kidney, urinary tract, and prostate problems

Infections and kidney stones

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement)


Respiratory tract problems

Bronchial asthma

Colds and flu

Sore throat


Cardiovascular system problems

Congestive heart failure


Peripheral vascular disease

Cerebrovascular disease

Venous disorders


Nervous system disorders

Anxiety and sleep disorders


Pain (general)



Sexual impotence


Endocrine and metabolic problems

Hormones in endocrine and metabolic disorders

Gynecological disorders


Diabetes mellitus


Arthritic and musculoskeletal disorders


Muscle pain



Problems of the skin, mucous membranes, and gingiva


Contact dermatitis

Burns, wounds, and infections

Lesions and infections of the oral cavity and throat


Performance and immune deficiencies

Performance and endurance enhancers


Communicable diseases and infections


Appendix: The herbal regulatory system, Updated and expanded by Paula N Brown and Michael Chan


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