Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements

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Haworth Herbal Press, 2002 - Medical - 1138 pages
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Answer patients’questions about botanical supplements quickly and easily!

This informative book is a compendium of detailed scientific research on 34 of the most popular dietary supplements used in North America and Europe. Its coverage of pharmacological studies on the main medicinal plants used in clinical practice and sold in pharmacies in the Western world is more extensive than any other publication of monographic reviews available. The way Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Second Edition. is organized (standardized topic formats are used in each monograph) makes it easy for you to locate relevant information quickly and to compare corresponding sections between different entries.

This book is an invaluable tool for pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals who need detailed, scientifically accurate information on appropriate use, safety, dosages, and similar issues related to botanical dietary supplements.

Each entry in Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Second Edition. covers botanical data (classification and nomenclature, common names, geographic occurrence, and botanical characteristics), plus:
  • history and traditional uses
  • chemistry
  • therapeutic applications
  • pre-clinical studies
  • clinical studies
  • recommended dosages
  • safety profiles (including toxicology)
  • side effects and contraindications
  • drug interactions and special precautions
  • safety recommendations during pregnancy and lactation
This extensively referenced volume includes appendixes with information on the major provisions of DSHEA (the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) and on the criteria and procedures for assessing the quality of botanical products.

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About the author (2002)

Kenneth Jones is a medical writer specializing in medicinal plants. He has served as a consultant to herbal product manufacturers for product development, and has been interviewed on radio and in several health publications. He lives near Vancouver, B.C.

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