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A Handbook for Complementary Healthcare Professionals

Pharmacology: A Handbook for Complementary Healthcare Professionals provides an accessible text and source book of pharmacology for both students and practitioners of complementary medicine. It covers the basic chemistry which builds into an understanding of basic organic chemistry, key pharmacological principles, herbal and nutritional chemical constituents and the use of conventional medication. Various different aspects are treated in a way, which creates linkages for clarity and clinical relevance.

Written in an accessible style and highly illustrated throughout.

All students and practitioners of complementary medicine.
The target market will include chiropractors, osteopaths, aromatherapists, herbalists, naturopaths, nutritionists, acupuncturists

Paperback, 352 Pages

Published: October 2008

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-06898-0


  • 1 Introduction

    Section 1: Basic pharmacological principles

    2 The atom: the smallest unit of pharmacology
    3 Bonds found in biological chemistry
    4 Bonds continued
    5 Nomenclature: representation of chemical structures and basic terminology
    6 Isomers
    7 Free radicals
    8 Acids and bases

    Section 2: Important primary metabolic components

    9 Carbohydrates
    10 Lipids
    11 Amino acids and proteins
    12 Purines and pyrimidines
    13 Vitamins and minerals

    Section 3: Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

    14 Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics: introduction
    15 Methods of administration
    16 How do drugs get into cells?
    17 Metabolism
    18 Drug excretion
    19 Pharmacodynamics: how drugs elicit a physiological effect

    Section 4: Plant pharmacology

    20 Plant pharmacology. Introduction: secondary metabolites
    21 Phenols
    22 Terpenes
    23 Amines and alkaloids
    24 Gycosides

    Section 5: Orthodox medication

    25 Orthodox medicine: introduction
    26 Cardiovascular disorders
    27 Problems with lipid metabolism
    28 Blood disorders
    29 Antimicrobials
    30 Inflammation and the immune system
    31 The nervous system
    32 Analgesia and relief of pain
    33 Neurological disease
    34 Respiratory diseases
    35 Gastrointestinal disorders
    36 Urinary tract infection
    37 Metabolic disorders
    38 Reproductive hormones
    39 Chemotherapy

    Section 6: Toxicology

    40 Toxicology

    Section 7: The final analysis

    41 Scientific tests
    42 Information gathering and the final analysis


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