- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Pharmaceutical Press; 2nd edition (February 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0853692890
- ISBN-13: 978-0853692898
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
Despite the large number of drugs and medicines available for the treatment of all forms of disease, the demand for herbal remedies has steadily increased over the past decade. yet, the majority of herbal products sold in the UK are not accessed for their quality, safety and efficacy or licensed as medicines. This volume aims to answer the questions raised for health-care professionals by providing factual information on medicinal herbs. Herbal Medicines: Reliably informs on quality, safety and efficacy Sets the herbal scene in the light of complementary therapies and goes on to consider UK and European legislation and licensed and unlicensed herbal products Gives an account and examples of the sceintific methods for investigating the chemical constituents of herbs and for determining their biological activities Deals with 141 herbs commonly present in herbal remedies sold by pharmacies in the UK Enables the health-care professional to advise the public on the rational and safe use of medicines Presents various appendixes grouping together herbs with specific actions and highlighting potential interactions with conventional medicine This text will prove to be of benefit to all who deal with herbs which are used for medicinal treatment.
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Herbal Medicines: a Guide for Health Care Professionals has been written to appeal to - and somewhat to pander to - the mainstream, and is most useful in the capacity of the mainstream. The monographs are short, often one page per herb, and don't contain enough information for proper use. There isn't even any talk about methods of administration! If anything, this reads as a list of possible interactions and difficulties one may acquire through the consumption of natural products rather than a guide to properly using them.
That said, in 1996, this was likely one of the very first compilations of herbal research that was bound and delivered concisely, and the authors deserve recognition in light of that. However, I do wish that someone with more of a bent towards acutal herbalism was included in the authorship.