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Herbal Remedies (Eyewitness Companion)

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by: Andrew Chevallier

Book Description :

For anyone interested in medicinal plants and how to use them at home “Eyewitness Companions offer an essential reference library, perfect for novices or anyone who just wants to know more about their favourite pastime.” Heyday Discover everything you want to know about herbal medicine from one of the leading figures in the field, Dr Andrew Chevallier. From Aloe Vera to Zea Mays, know your plants using the easy-to-follow A-Z profiling 140 of the most popular. Find out plants active properties, which parts are used and their current uses. Pick up the basics, from using remedies safely, to quality control and which herbal preparations to use and why. Follow step-by-step instructions for making simple herbal preparations as a tea, decoction or tincture at home, so you can self-treat over 50 common ailments from insomnia to athlete’s foot.

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April 14th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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Veterinary Herbal Medicine

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by: Susan G. Wynn DVM, Barbara Fougere BVSc BVMS(Hons)

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This full-color reference offers practical, evidence-based guidance on using more than 120 medicinal plants, including how to formulate herbal remedies to treat common disease conditions. A body-systems based review explores herbal medicine in context, offering information on toxicology, drug interactions, quality control, and other key topics.More than 120 herbal monographs provide quick access to information on the historical use of the herb in humans and animals, supporting studies, and dosing information.Includes special dosing, pharmacokinetics, and regulatory considerations when using herbs for horses and farm animals.Expanded pharmacology and toxicology chapters provide thorough information on the chemical basis of herbal medicine.Explores the evolutionary relationship between plants and mammals, which is the basis for understanding the unique physiologic effects of herbs.Includes a body systems review of herbal remedies for common disease conditions in both large and small animals.Discusses special considerations for the scientific research of herbs, including complex and individualized interventions that may require special design and nontraditional outcome goals.


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April 14th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine: Plant Drugs That Alter Mind, Brain, and Behavior

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by: Marcello Spinella

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Virtually all cultures consume drugs from psychoactive plants. Caffeine, for example, is probably the most common stimulant in the world, and many modern medicines, such as morphine and codeine, are derived from plant sources. In these cases, scientific research has revealed the composition of the plants and how they interact with the nervous system. There are also many herbal medications with reputed therapeutic value that have not yet gained acceptance into mainstream medicine, partly because there has not been enough research to support their usefulness. Instead they are regarded as “alternative medicines.” This is an active research area, however, and many current studies are focusing on identifying the active components, pharmacological properties, physiological effects, and clinical efficacy of herbal medicines. This book compiles and integrates the most up-to-date information on the major psychoactive herbal medicines—that is, herbal medicines that alter mind, brain, and behavior. It focuses particularly on the effects on various areas of cognition, including attention, learning, and memory. The book covers all major classes of psychoactive drugs, including stimulants, cognitive enhancers, sedatives and anxiolytics, psychotherapeutic herbs, analgesics and anesthetic plants, hallucinogens, and cannabis.

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April 14th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Incorporating Herbal Medicine into Clinical Practice

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By Angella Bascom

  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Number Of Pages: 332
  • Publication Date: 2002-01-15
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0803609361
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780803609365

Book Description:

Quick-reference guide focuses on 50 of the most commonly used herbs in the United States. Presents herbal and Latin names, sources and forms, clinical uses, dosage, plant/drug interactions, symptoms alleviated by herbal remedies, legal considerations, and a summary of relevant research studies. Softcover. DNLM: Plants, Medicine–therapeutic use–Handbooks.

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April 14th, 2011 at 11:21 am

Quality Control Methods for Medicinal Plant Materials

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By : World Health Organization (WHO)

Summary

A collection of recommended test procedures for assessing the identity, purity, and content of medicinal plant materials. Intended to assist national laboratories engaged in drug quality control, the manual responds to the growing use of medicinal plants, the special quality problems they pose, and the corresponding need for international guidance on reliable methods for quality control. Recommended procedures – whether involving visual inspection or the use of thin-layer chromatography for the qualitative determination of impurities – should also prove useful to the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacists working with medicinal plant materials.
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April 13th, 2011 at 3:09 am

A Guide to Chinese Medicine on the Internet

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By Ka wai Fan

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • Publication Date: 2008-06-12
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0789032007
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780789032003
  • Binding: Paperback

Book Description:

Learn about the latest developments in Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicines such as acupuncture, herbal therapies, and Qigong have long played an important role in preventing diseases and prolonging life. A Guide to Chinese Medicine on the Internet frees readers from having to sift through the countless web sites on their own to find up-to-date, quality, reliable information on these and more types of Chinese medicine. This handy source provides a categorized listing of online sites related to Chinese culture and medicine, and helpfully includes a brief description of each site’s content. Guidelines are provided for searching, cataloging, and evaluating web sites concerned with Chinese medicine based on the author’s personal experience as a user and researcher.

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April 10th, 2011 at 7:11 am

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Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America

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By James C. Whorton

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • Publication Date: 2002-09-26
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0195140710
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780195140712

Description:

From reflexology and rolfing to shiatsu and dream work, we are confronted today by a welter of alternative medical therapies. But as James Whorton shows in Nature Cures, the recent explosion in alternative medicine actually reflects two centuries of competition and conflict between mainstream medicine and numerous unorthodox systems.

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April 10th, 2011 at 7:10 am

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ethics, the Patient, and the Physician (Biomedical Ethics Reviews S.)

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By Lois Snyder

  • Publisher: Humana P.,U.S.
  • Number Of Pages: 230
  • Publication Date: 2006-12
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1597453811
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781597453813
  • Binding: Hardcover

Description

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ethics, the Patient, and the Physician is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary book to focus on the ethical challenges of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), examining the ethical considerations and challenges that increasingly face patients, physicians and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners today. In one recent year, it was estimated that 42% of Americans spent $27 billion out of pocket on CAM therapies; in particular, CAM therapies are becoming more popular with baby boomers, who are taking an increasingly active interest in their health and health care as they age. Most people do not tell their physicians about their CAM use – what implications does this have for traditional patient-physician relationships? This volume examines what should be the center of the dialogue between conventional medicine and CAM. With big issues and big money at stake, how are patients, physicians, the health care system and policymakers handling the explosion in CAM interest and use? What are the physicians’ ethical obligations in this area? These topics and more are examined in this timely book.

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April 10th, 2011 at 7:02 am

Herbal Radiomodulators Applications in Medicine, Homeland Defence and Space (Cabi)

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By R Arora

  • Publisher: CABI
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • Publication Date: 2008-09-30
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1845933958
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781845933951
  • Binding: Hardcover

Description:

With the dawn of the nuclear age, it has become essential to develop radiomodulators, particularly radiation countermeasure agents, for the benefit of mankind. Despite years of concerted research endeavors world-over, non-toxic and effective radiomodulators remain elusive. In recent years, there has been a new focus on herbals, which are also promising sources of radiomodulatory drugs.
This book discusses the potential of radiation countermeasure agents and radiosensitizers of herbal origin, and their multifaceted mode of action, particularly in nuclear operations, rescue operations, deep space missions, and application during radiotherapy. Comprising 22 chapters written by industry, clinical and academic experts, this book will appeal to readers in radiation biology, radiation oncology, military medicine, homeland defense, traditional, holistic and modern medicine, space biology, pharmacology and toxicology.

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April 10th, 2011 at 6:50 am

Holism and Complementary Medicine: Origins and Principles

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by : Vincent Di Stefano

  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Academic
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • Publication Date: 2006-09-28
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1741148464
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781741148466

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This systematic overview of traditional healing practices discusses the increasing popularity of natural and complementary therapies. Covering the development of the Western biomedical model and explaining the holistic philosophy on which alternative Western medicine is based, this guide to the origins and core principals of natural therapies also addresses key practice issues such as the role holistic principles play in today’s health care system and their place in the therapeutic relationship.

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April 10th, 2011 at 6:45 am

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