Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Phytotherapy: A Quick Reference to Herbal Medicine

The book:

About 30% of all prescriptions issued in the USA, Canada and Europe contain either a herb, a purified extract or an active component derived from herbs. However, medical practitioners are often confused by conflicting information available on the safety and efficacy of herbs; herbal medicines are often co-prescribed without proper attention to adjustment of dosages. 

This reference guide treats the subject of herbal medicines in an integrated fashion with reference to pharmacognosy, pharmacology and toxicology. It will help to enable internists, phytotherapists, physicians, healthcare practitioners as well as students to understand why, when and how herbal medicines can be used in the treatment of diseases. 

The authors:

The authors are leading American and Italian scientists of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Technology who have for a long time researched the application of medicinal plants. They teach at the Universities of Wisconsin, Naples and Perugia.

Table of contents : 
Front Matter....Pages I-XIII
Front Matter....Pages 1-2
Introduction....Pages 3-6
Definitions....Pages 7-8
History....Pages 9-10
The Complexity of Herbal Medicines....Pages 11-12
Are the Herbal Medicines Safe?....Pages 13-20
The Herbal Medicines and the Importance of the Scientific Research....Pages 21-23
Parts of the Plant to be used, Nomenclature, Drug Acquisition and Preservation....Pages 25-30
Active Principles....Pages 31-44
Therapeutic Overview of Galenical Preparations....Pages 45-60
Uses of Herbal Medicines in Specific Situations....Pages 61-69
Sources of Herbal Medicine Information....Pages 71-72
Herbal Product Regulations....Pages 73-85
Front Matter....Pages 87-87
Plants and the Nervous System....Pages 89-108
Plants and the Cardiovascular System....Pages 109-133
Plants and Metabolic Diseases....Pages 135-157
Plants and the Renal System....Pages 159-172
Anti-inflammatory Plants....Pages 173-191
Plants and the Respiratory System....Pages 193-216
Adaptogenic Plants....Pages 217-229
Plants and the Reproductive System....Pages 231-250
Front Matter....Pages 87-87
Plants and the Digestive System....Pages 251-294
Plants, Liver and Biliary System....Pages 295-308
Plants and the Cutaneous System....Pages 309-331
Back Matter....Pages 333-424