Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements

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Psychology 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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Contents

Astragalus
1
Bilberry
19
Black Cohosh
37
Capsicum
65
Cats Claw
101
Chamomile
143
Cordyceps
169
Cranberry
185
Grape Seed
569
Green Tea
597
Hawthorn
657
Horse Chestnut
677
Kava
695
Licorice
735
Milk Thistle
765
Red Yeast Rice
809

Dong Quai
205
Echinacea
223
Eleuthero
255
Ephedra Ma Huang
271
Evening Primrose Oil
321
Feverfew
349
Garlic
375
Ginger
411
Ginkgo Biloba
445
Ginseng
505
Goldenseal
547
Reishi
825
Saw Palmetto
857
Schisandra
887
St Johns Wort
923
Uva Ursi
987
Valerian
1007
Vitex
1039
A Note About Quality in Botanical Supplements
1079
DSHEA What Are the Key Provisions?
1089
Index
1097
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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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