Cover image for PDR for herbal medicines.
PDR for herbal medicines.
Medical Economics Company.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Montvale, NJ : Medical Economics Company, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes herb identification guide featuring color photographs.

"The information standard for complementary medicine"--Cover.
Alphabetical index -- Therapeutic category index -- Indications index -- Homeopathic indications index -- Asian indications index -- Side effects index -- Drug/herb interactions guide -- Safety guide -- Manufacturers index -- Herb identification guide -- Product identification guide -- Herbal monographs -- Glossary -- Poison Control Centers.
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RM666.H33 P37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
RM666.H33 P37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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PDR(R) For Herbal Medicines is the most comprehensive prescribing reference of Edition

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Formatted like other titles in the PDR family, this book has a scientific-and common-name index, an indications index, a side-effects index, a drug-herb interaction guide, and an herb-identification guide with color photographs. More than 600 medicinal herbs are profiled, with information from the German Commission E research. A glossary and a directory of poison-control and drug-information centers complete the volume.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Known for their reference manuals (Physicians' Desk Reference; PDR Medical Dictionary; PDR for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements) that have been indispensable to the medical world, PDR has compiled a list of extensive explanations of more than 600 herbal medications available. Addressing the influx of natural supplements into mainstream supermarkets, PDR intends to educate consumers and assist them in choosing the best herbs to treat an ailment or simply to help maintain a healthy life. Arranged by the herb's Latin name (cross-referenced by common name), each herbal entry contains pertinent information: description, physical properties, intended usage and expected effects, precautions and adverse reactions, recommended dosage and references for additional reading. To assist in identifying these supplements, the editors have included color photos of many of these herbs as they exist naturally. The indexes are also helpful; one lists both the scientific and common name of each herb and the other lists ailments such as acne, cardiovascular disease, migraines and rhinitis, and the herbs recommended for treatment. This manual could well become a standard guide for those on the road to self-medication. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The Physicians' Desk ReferenceR (PDRR) has long been one of the leading pharmaceutical reference texts. Recognizing the growth of alternative and complementary medicines, its publisher has now released this companion volume. Similar in format to the other PDRR publications, it provides well-organized access to information on over 600 medicinal herbs. Each entry includes description, pharmacology, usage, precautions/contraindications, dosage/ overdosage, and a bibliography of the primary research literature (much of which is German, owing to Germany's high activity in the field). Indexes provide access points via scientific and common names, therapeutic categories, and side effects. Color photographs allow for plant identification, and in keeping with the other PDRR publications, the editors include a list of state poison control centers and drug information centers. Although useful for consumers, the PDRR Herbal is intended for professional settings and as such does not provide the kind of general information (growing and preparing herbs, cultural traditions, history) that can be found in The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants (LJ 12/96). As a professional reference guide, it is more comprehensive than other similar works, such as Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals (Pharmaceutical, 1996). One should be aware that it draws on work conducted by the German Federal Health Authority's Commission E, which regulates herbal medicines. Nevertheless, this is an excellent resource for professional medical settings and larger public libraries.ÄAndy Wickens, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib. of the Health Sciences (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This useful and very well indexed directory of 600 generic--not brand name--botanicals and their extracts includes, in addition to the scientific/common name, therapeutic category, and side effects indexes, numerous cross-references from common to Latin names. The "Herbal Monographs" section includes medicinal parts, flower and fruit, leaves, stem and root, characteristics, habitat, production, etc., and pharmacology, usage, precautions, dosage, and literature. The "Herb Identification Guide" section has 380 color photographs. Unfortunately, mostly German research is cited and thus is of less use to a US audience. Language is often technical/medical, therefore intended for the physician or pharmacist and not a general audience. Much on herbs is available via health or botany Internet sites; e.g., Health World Online includes Herbal Materia Medica, but it can be time-consuming to search for and gather together this assortment of medicinal plant information. The book's "Drug/Herb Interactions Guide" is especially helpful, as are the glossary and brief directories of drug information and poison control centers. A more visually appealing, beautifully illustrated book is Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, by Andrew Chevallier (CH, Mar'97). Recommended to supplement botany or alternative medicine courses and collections. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. E. R. Paterson; SUNY College at Cortland

Table of Contents

Forewordp. iv
Alphabetical Indexp. 1
Therapeutic Category Indexp. 45
Indications Indexp. 81
Homeopathic Indications Indexp. 131
Asian Indications Indexp. 141
Side Effects Indexp. 161
Drug/Herb Interactions Guidep. 179
Safety Guidep. 191
Manufacturers Indexp. 203
Herb Identification Guidep. 1
Product Identification Guidep. 27
Herbal Monographsp. 1
Glossaryp. 849
Poison Control Centersp. 855