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Herbal Supplements: Efficacy, Toxicity, Interactions with Western Drugs, and Effects on Clinical Laboratory Tests

Today, a significant percentage of Americans turn to complementary and alternative medicine practices. Despite their popularity and wide use, these products do not undergo the same pre-market testing for safety and efficacy that is required of pharmaceuticals. In Herbal Supplements: Efficacy, Toxicity, Interactions with Western Drugs, and Effects on Clinical Laboratory Tests, editors Amitava Dasgupta and Catherine Hammett-Stabler present a comprehensive introduction to both safe and unsafe herbal supplements. The book emphasizes the pharmacological interactions identified between Western drugs and herbal supplements, and the effects of herbal supplements on clinical laboratory tests.

 

Herbal Supplements provides a guide to the interpretation of abnormal test results in otherwise healthy subjects due to use of herbal remedies. Focusing on interactions between herbals and pharmaceuticals, sources of contamination in herbal supplements, and analytical techniques used in the investigation of herbal remedies, the book details:

 

  • Pharmacological interactions between Western drugs and herbal supplements
  • Effects of herbal supplements on clinical laboratory tests
  • Key interactions between herbal supplements and various pharmaceutical drugs
  • Medicinal plants and toxic effects
  • Contamination of herbal supplements from metals, pharmaceuticals, and plant poisoning
  • Analytical techniques, including immunoassays, used in the investigation of herbal remedies

 

Unbiased and literature-based, this text offers toxicologists, clinical chemists, analysts, and pharmacologists a no-nonsense take on the efficacy, toxicity, and drug interactions of herbal supplements and medicines.


Larousse des plantes médicinales : Identification, préparation, soins

Faire découvrir ou mieux connaître les plantes médicinales et conseiller de façon précise sur leur préparation et leur utilisation contre les affections courantes.Cette encyclopédie illustrée présente l’histoire et le développement de la phytothérapie dans le monde entier ; plus de 550 plantes médicinales, avec :
- la description de leur habitat, de leur culture, de leur récolte et l’indication de leurs constituants;
- leurs principaux effets et propriétés (vertus curatives et mises en garde éventuelles) ;
- les conseils pour les préparer (quelles parties utiliser, et sous quelles formes, infusions, teintures, décoctions, sirops, onguents…) ;
- les usages traditionnels et courants qui en sont faits.

On y trouve un guide pratique pour savoir comment se soigner au quotidien en utilisant les plantes médicinales en toute sécurité (toxicité de certaines plantes, contre-indications…); avec en complément :
- un glossaire des termes médicaux et des termes botaniques,
- un index général détaillé et un index des maladies et des plantes qui les soignent.

Drugs of Natural Origin: A Treatise of Pharmacognosy

Drugs of Natural Origin provides a multidisciplinary approach suitable for those working in the area of natural product development. It brings together research on the sustainable use of natural products in the development of new drugs, scientifically based herbal remedies, and environmentally adapted biomolecules.

During evolution, molecules evolved to perform specific functions in nature. By understanding their natural function, we can develop ways to make use of these bioactive substances a potential new drug candidates and also as pharmacological tools, intermediates, or templates for the synthesis of novel drugs. This book examines terrestrial and marine bioactive substances drawn from plant, microbial, and animal origin. Their occurrence, biosynthesis, isolation, chemistry, and medical use are described, together with basic research strategies.

Development in the field of natural products of medical importance continues to expand. Since the publication of the 5th edition of this book, five years ago, new concepts such as chemo- and bioinformatics, phylogenetics and systems biology with the new "omics" techniques (genomics, proteomics and metabolomics) have emerged. Herbal remedies have become subject to more rigid legislation aiming to improve their quality and efficacy, both as over-the-counter preparations for self-medication and as constituents of conventional drugs. This development is reflected in a substantial revision and expansion of the book. This edition also describes many new drugs marketed since the publication of the previous edition.

Students and professors in the area of natural product research, as well as complementary disciplines like medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacology will find much relevant information in this books.


Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy:

CONTENTS:
PART A FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOGNOSY
SECTION 1 Phytotherapy and pharmacognosy
1. Importance of plants in modern pharmacy and medicine
2. Pharmacognosy and its history: people, plants and natural products

SECTION 2 Basic plant biology
3. General principles of botany: morphology and systematics
4. Families yielding important phytopharmaceuticals
5. Ethnobotany and ethnopharmacy

SECTION 3 Natural product chemistry
6. Natural product chemistry
7. Methods in natural product chemistry
8. Anticancer natural products

SECTION 4 Plant extract derived pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals
9. Production, standardization and quality control
10. Toxicity of herbal constituents
11. What makes phytomedicines unique?

SECTION 5 Medicinal plants in selected healthcare systems
12. Traditional systems of herbal medicine
13. Complementary/alternative medicine

PART B IMPORTANT NATURAL PRODUCTS AND PHYTOMEDICINES USED IN PHARMACY AND MEDICINE
14. The gastrointestinal and biliary system
15. The cardiovascular system
16. The respiratory system
17. The central nervous system
18. Infectious diseases
19. The endocrine system
20. The reproductive and urinary tracts
21. The musculoskeletal system
22. The skin
23. The eye
24. Ear, nose and orthopharynx
25. Miscellaneous supportive and protective therapies for stress, ageing, cancer and debility


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