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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 Reference material

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

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

The growing popularity of herbal medicines has generated a need for reliable information about them. Because they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, they are not subjected to rigorous tests and clinical trials. Manufacturers may claim that herbal preparations do wondrous things, but they cannot market them for the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease in the U.S. Consumers who want scientific information on herbal products do not have many sources to use. PDR for Herbal Medicines is one of the few books that offers such data. By using the findings of the German Regulatory Authority's herbal watchdog agency, known as Commission E, the editors have compiled information based on an intensive examination of peer-reviewed literature. Approximately 300 common botanicals have been studied by this commission. In addition, they have included information from an exhaustive literature review conducted by the PhytoPharm U.S. Institute of Phytopharmaceuticals. This provides data on about 300 more herbs not covered by the Commission E reports. Organized like the other members of the PDR family, the book begins with several indexes. The scientific and common name index is an alphabetical listing of all profiled botanicals by both their scientific and common names. The scientific names are in boldface, and the common names are in regular type. All common names are repeated in italics under their respective scientific names, making it easy to find a plant. The indications index lists symptoms and conditions alphabetically in bold type. Under each one, herbs deemed effective by Commission E are listed in Roman type, while those that have not been approved appear in italics. The therapeutic category index organizes the herbs alphabetically by drug class--analgesics, hair-growth stimulants, otic preparations, and so forth--listing both verified and folk uses together. The side-effects index is an alphabetical list of reactions, in boldface, with the herbs causing them listed underneath (e.g., apathy--cannabis sativa [marijuana]). The next index, the drug/herb interactions guide, is an important and useful feature. Here, alphabetical lists of drugs and herbs are coupled with lists of products that interact with them. One discovers that a patient taking antithrombolytic drugs, for example, should not take Ginkgo biloba because it increases the effects of the drugs. Following the indexes is an herb identification guide, with color pictures of 350 common medicinal plants listed by their Latin names. The main part of the book is the herbal monograph section, containing profiles of more than 600 medicinal herbs listed alphabetically by their Latin names. Each profile includes the names of the plant, a detailed botanical description, actions and pharmacology, indications and usage, contraindications, precautions and adverse reactions, overdosage, dosage, and a bibliography of technical literature. The majority of articles are in German. A glossary and directories of poison control and drug information centers in the U. S. complete the work. PDR for Herbal Medicines fills a genuine need in reference collections. It complements sources such as Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants (DK, 1996), which has more illustrations and cultural and historical background information about herbal medicine. Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals (Medpharm/CRC, 1989) contains technical manufacturing specifications. Medicinal Plants of the World [RBB F 15 99] provides chemical constituents as well as much more coverage of both traditional and modern uses but includes only 27 of the most widely used plants. PDR for Herbal Medicines provides the necessary information for using herbs safely and belongs in all medical reference collections.

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

This comprehensive resource on herbal medicine, in the tradition of the PDRR series, will be a welcome addition to most collections. Over 600 botanical remedies are described in great detail, including: scientific/common names; pharmacological effects; indications and contraindications; adverse reactions and modes of administration; and a most impressive list of literature citations incorporating the latest Commission E findings. The section of full-color photos of hundreds of herbs is a useful tool. (LJ 3/1/99) (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