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Titre : PDR for Herbal Medicines
Éditeur : Medical Economics Company
Date d'édition : 1998
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Fine
Edition : 1st Edition
Handbook of herbs used in medicine and health. Each entry includes description, habitat, alternative names, active compounds and pharmacology, indications and usage, contraindications, etc. Includes Indications Index; Therapeutic Category Index; Side Effects Index. Herb Identification Guide and more. 1244 pages. Out of Print. N° de réf. du libraire 12536
Synopsis : Botanical remedies, used successfully for centuries in the Orient and routinely used as natural alternatives for prescription drugs in Europe, are currently gaining wide popularity in the United States.
Now the publishers of the most accurate reference for FDA-approved drug information brings you the complete, authoritative reference on the administration, use, and effectiveness of herbal remedies.
The PDR "RM" for Herbal Medicines is the most comprehensive prescribing reference of its kind. It is based upon the work conducted by the German Federal Health Authority's Commission E, the government organization widely recognized as completing the most authoritative evaluation of herbs in the world. Packed with information from experts in the field, the new PDR "RM" for Herbal Medicines details the prescribing information for over 600 botanicals. Plus, more than 500 herbs are accompanied by fullcolor photographs for instant identification.
Conveniently organized in an A-Z format, each comprehensive entry is fully indexed by scientific and common English names, indications, therapeutic categories, and potential side effects. You'll also find...
-- A thorough description of the plant and derived compounds
-- Summarized pharmacological effects of each plant
-- Documented indications and a concise summary of other uses
-- Applicable precautions, warnings, and contraindications
-- Adverse reactions and overdose data
-- Modes of administration and typical dosage
-- An exhaustive bibliography
Critique: Interest in and usage of herbal preparations as alternatives to pharmaceuticals has exploded in recent years. Having a complete herbal reference on hand is now absolutely necessary for doctors and other healers when a patient wants to add herbs--let's say St. John's wort--to his drug regimen. Should the patient stop taking the Paxil he's been on for depression, and if so, how long must he wait before he can start taking the St. Johns wort, and what's the recommended dosage?
The PDR for Herbal Medicines will go a long way towards answering such questions. The physician in this case would learn, after consulting the PDR, that "St. John's wort taken concomitantly with an SSRI ... may lead to an increased effect and possible toxicity 'serotonin syndrome', e.g., sweating, tremor, flushing, confusion and agitation." The same physician will also learn that the German Federal Health Authority's Commission E, which has studied the effects of hundreds of herbs, approved St. John's wort for depressive moods, among other conditions.
For more information, the physician can read about the trade names, descriptions of all the medicinal parts of the plant, actions and pharmacology (including the compounds and their effects, with citations), the results of clinical trials, contraindications, precautions and adverse reactions (photosensitization is a biggie for St. John's wort), dosage information, and a complete list of literature citations.
The second edition of this mammoth guide includes over 100 entries more than the first, bringing the total to more than 700. Additions include a selection of Asian herbs, such as Buplerum Chinese (also known as Chinese thoroughwax), which is used in Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, and homeopathic preparations; a directory of manufacturers (with Internet addresses when available), a safety guide (don't use kava kava while nursing), and more. There's even a section that lists unproven uses for each herb. But make no mistake: this is a mainstream reference that relies on scientific proof above all. Therefore, this is not a guide for everyone, but for scientific and medical reference, it's a helpful and comprehensive resource, and even those who push the herbal envelope will find much valuable information here. --Stefanie Durbin
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