¡Contains more than 3,550 current references
¡Conducts risk-benefit assessments of herbal medicinal products such as Echinacea, garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, Kava, and St. John's Wort
¡Analyzes the adverse effects of traditional and herbal medicine and herb-drug interactions
¡Evaluates the efficacy, biological mechanisms, and potential adverse effects of popular herbal products
¡Considers the challenges that lie ahead in combining traditional and western medicines
¡Discusses the role of herbal medicine in national health care and public policy
Responding to the increased popularity of herbal medicines and other forms of complementary or alternative medicine in countries around the world, this reference reviews and evaluates various safety, toxicity, and quality-control issues related to the use of traditional and herbal products for health maintenance and disease prevention and treatment. With over 3,550 current references, the book highlights the role of herbal medicine in national health care while providing case studies of widely used herbal remedies and their effects on human health and wellness and the need for the design and performance of methodologically sound clinical trials for the plethora of herbal medicines.
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