An essential handbook that presents detailed monographs for approximately 300 commonly used herbal products and natural supplements including 19 herbs new to this edition. Arranged in alphabetical order, each monograph incorporates authoritative information on common names, pronunciations (new), scientific names, origins, uses (reported and investigational), forms, dosages, contraindications, side effects and adverse reactions, interactions with herbs, drugs, foods, and lab tests, client considerations, pharmacology (pharmacokinetics, chemical components and actions) and references.
Features detailed monographs for 19 new herbal products and natural supplements, including sorrel, artichoke, brewer s yeast, bitter orange, saffron, sassafras, and more.
Includes new precautions, alerts, interactions, dosages, and client considerations to ensure safer use of herbs and supplements.
A new Nursing Programs with Complementary and Alternative Medicine Courses appendix lists many of the nursing programs in the United States that offer training in complementary and alternative medicine.
Offers endangered species information for rare and endangered herbs that should not be harvested.
Highlights herbs not safe to ingest with a new Do Not Use Internally icon.
Provides a pronunciation guide for common herb names so nurses can better familiarize themselves with herbs currently in use.
Features a Drug-Herb Interaction Table supplying information on known drug-herb interactions organized by drug name to provide a quick and thorough reference.
Identifies Herb-Lab Test Interferences in each herb monograph supplying information on known herbal interferences on most lab tests in use today.
A second color has been added to highlight critical information and make it easier to find relevant information quickly.
Reviewer:Rahmat M Talukder, Ph.D.(Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy)
Description:This is the fourth edition of a handbook that offers extensive information on 300 herbal and natural supplements. Each monograph includes the common and scientific names, origin, uses, contraindications, and adverse effects.
Purpose:The objective is to provide pertinent information on alternative medicines. More and more people are using alternative medicines, so readily available information is helpful to both consumers and healthcare professionals. In this respect this book should be very useful.
Audience:Anyone interested in alternative medicine will find this book an excellent reference. Linda Skidmore-Roth has published a number of books for nursing students. Among the consultants, Catherine Ulbricht is the founder and editor of the Natural Standard Research.
Features:Each monograph includes the common and scientific names, origins, uses, actions, contraindications, adverse effects, pharmacology, and client considerations with appropriate references. A complete reference list appears at the end of the book. All the monographs use a consistent format, which is helpful for readers. Icons are used where necessary to draw readers' attention. Appendixes include important information on herbal resources, herb-drug interactions, and herbal use in pediatrics. The interaction table is presented based on the drug class. Some of the references are not as strong as they could be. Articles published in journals with high impact factors are considered reliable sources.
Assessment:This compilation of facts on 300 herbal and natural supplements will be helpful to those who are interested in the use of alternative medicine. Although the book has an extensive list of references, stronger sources could have been used.