The most current scientific information on medicinal herbs.
Written by two leading pharmacists, this clinical reference provides reliable and authoritative information on the most popular medical herbs, which are easily found in a pharmacy or health food store. A botanical description and an analysis of the medicinal qualities of each herb accompany complete details of the preventative and therapeutic values for health conditions ranging from allergies and arthritis to menopause and more.
Special attention is paid to safety, potential adverse effects and possible drug interactions. Presented in a user-friendly format, each entry combines the most current research with reliable dosage recommendations. This all-new edition features five additional herbs -- ashwagandha, bitter orange, hoodia, oregano and red clover -- and extensively revised text and layouts.
Thumbnail sketches of each herb
Quick-reference guides that match health conditions with herbal treatment options
Explanations of pertinent FDA regulations
A glossary of botanical medical terms and an extensive index.
This outstanding guidebook to medicinal herbs is ideal for data-hungry consumers and health care professionals.
Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD, is a licensed pharmacist and an associate professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Michael Smith, BPharm, MRPharmS, ND, is a licensed pharmacist and naturopathic doctor.
There are many books on the market that have lists of medicinal herbs and many are good. However, I believe that 55 Most Common Medicinal Herbs is certainly one of the better ones. Each herb listed comes with common uses, active constituents, adverse effects, cautionscontraindications, drug interactions, and doses. As well, the authors include relevant research and selected references. One of my favorites is ginger and I was pleased to see that The Commission E, a German government advisory body, has approved the use of ginger in the management of motion sickness. It's not much wonder I like ginger because not only is it a digestive aid, it is a circulatory stimulant and lowers cholesterol. As well, Boon and Smith give studies that were conducted with asthma, migraine, cancer, obese, and diabetes patients and how ginger affected their wellness. The book covers common and well-known herbs; ones that most people have heard of at some point, especially if the interest lies in herbology. The information is concise but most of all understandable. Any lay person would have no problem gleaning the information from 55 Most Common Medicinal Herbs and transforming it into their own use. The authors' research is extensive and well documented. I encourage practitioners to consider 55 Most Common Medicinal Herbs as a resource for their library.
55 Most Common Medicinal Herbs provides informative profiles on each of the herbs covered. The information includes: description of the plant, parts used, traditional use, current medicinal use, relevant research, adverse effects, cautions, and selected references.... The information is presented well and is easy to understand and use.