Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals: A Handbook for Practice on a Scientific Basis

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Max Wichtl
CRC Press, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 704 pages
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An enormous increase in the knowledge of herbal drug constituents, their effects, and side effects has occurred in recent years. As a result, many herbal products are undergoing a transition from classic herbal teas to standardized extracts. This new edition of Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals takes the advances made in medicinal plants research and phytotherapy into account and offers reliable, highly pertinent information. This reference offers comprehensive information about the origins, constituents, effects, indications, and dosage of herbal drugs and phytopharmaceuticals. The text also includes phytopharmaceutical information such as types of extraction solvents, drug-to-extract ratios, and dosage recommendations for extracts.
 

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I am one of the translators of this edition. The translation of the 4th edition is a significant improvement over the previous English edition due to an updated original text by Wichtl and contributors. This illustrated edition provides detailed and authoritative information on the use and origins of herbal drugs, and some of the oriental medicine botanicals are also included. Most crucially, examples of available products and their regulatory status are also provided. The herbal drugs are botanically defined and the constituents are chemically characterized and not merely part of a list. Also specific indications, common side effects and adulterants are presented in an unbiased fashion. Although the authors and translators had some industry affiliations, this edition sheds light on the often maligned science of botanical pharmaceutics. The translators expanded the text, included relevant references to national and international pharmacopeias, giving the publication a well-rounded global touch that no other publication of that type can yet provide. It is not only recommended to biological and pharmaceutical specialists and medical professionals but also legal authorities, customs officials and consumers interested in herbal preparations. ML 

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Sinapis nigrae semen
575
Solidaginis virgaureae herba
582
Symphyti radix
590
Taraxaci radix cum herba
596
Theae viride folium
602
Tiliae flos
611
Urticae foliumherba
617
Veronicae herba
638
Violae herba cum flore
646
Zingiberis rhizoma
653
List of Indications
673
Literature
679
List of Medicinal Herbs
694
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Phillips-Universitait Marburg, Germany

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