Herbs and Natural Supplements, Volume 1 - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780729539104, 9780729579100

Herbs and Natural Supplements, Volume 1

3rd Edition

An Evidence-Based Guide

Authors: Lesley Braun Marc Cohen
eBook ISBN: 9780729579100
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Australia
Published Date: 23rd April 2010
Page Count: 1221

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A must-have health companion for herbalists, naturopaths, complementary medicine practitioners and students

“Recommended evidence-based reference on Complementary Medicines” National Pharmacy Board 2010

Herbs and Natural Supplements, 3rd Edition: An evidence-based guide presents evidence-based information on the 130 most popular herbs, nutrients and food supplements used across Australia and New Zealand.

This exhaustive textbook is organised alphabetically by each herb or nutrient’s common name. Herbs and nutrients are then accompanied by critical information such as daily intake, main actions and indications, adverse reactions, contraindications and precautions, safety in pregnancy and more.

This new edition of Herbs and Natural Supplements has been expanded with new chapters on pregnancy and wellness.

It also features 10 new monographs for Arginine, Dunaliella, Elde, Goji, Pelargonium, Prebiotics, Red Yeast Rice, Rhodioloa, Shatavari and Taurine.

Key Features

• provides current, evidence-based information on herbal, nutritional and food supplements used in Australia and New Zealand
• is user-friendly and easily organised by easy-to-find A-Z herbal monographs
• appendices offering important additional information for the safe use of herbal and nutritional supplements, including a list of poison information centres, associations, manufacturers and more
• offers clear, comprehensive tables including herb/natural supplement - drug interactions
• lists the pharmacological actions of all herbs and natural supplements
• a glossary of terms relevant to herbs and natural supplements

Table of Contents

SECTION 1: HERBAL & NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS • 1: Introduction to Complementary Medicine • 2: Introduction to Herbal Medicine • 3: Introduction to Clinical Nutrition • 4: Introduction to Aromatherapy • Introduction to Food as Medicine • SECTION 2: CLINICAL PRACTICE • 6: Introduction to Practice of Integrative Medicine • 7: Safety and complementary medicine • 8: Interactions with herbal and natural medicines • 9: Preoperative Care: Considerations • 10: Cancer and Safety of Complementary Medicines • 11: Herbs and Natural Supplements in pregnancy • 12: Introduction to Wellness • SECTION 3: MONOGRAPHS (A-Z) • Herb Name • Common Name • Latin binomial/class • Other names • Plant part used • Key chemical components • Main actions • Other actions • Main indications and evidence • Other uses • Dosage range • Adverse reactions • Significant interactions • contraindications and precautions • Pregnancy use • Practice points • Common questions • References • Nutrient Name • Background and relevant pharmacokinetics • Key chemical compounds (where applicable) • Food sources (where applicable • Deficiency signs and symptoms (where applicable) • Main actions • Other actions • Main indications and evidence • Other indications • Dosage range • Toxicity (if known) • Adverse reactions •

Significant interactions • Contraindications and precautions • Pregnancy use • Practice points • Common questions • References • SECTION 4: APPENDICES • Book only • Appendix 1 – Glossary • Appendix 2 – Herb/nutrient – drug interactions • Appendix 3 – Poisons information centres • Appendix 4 – Teaching institutes, manufacturers and on-line resources • Appendix 5 – Guide to safe use of complementary medicine during preoperative

period (table 1 from chapter 9) • CD Appendices • Appendix 1 – Glossary • Appendix 2 – Herb/nutrient – drug interactions • Appendix 3 – Poisons information centres • Appendix 4 – Teaching institutes, manufacturers

and on-line resources • Appendix 5 – Guide to safe use of complementary medicine during preoperative period (table 1 from chapter 9) • Appendix 6 – Clinical use and safety of vitamins and minerals • Appendix 7 – Evidence base for physiological activities of herbs and supplements.


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About the Authors

Lesley Braun

Dr Lesley Braun is a registered pharmacist and naturopath. She holds a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, in which she investigated the integration of complementary medicine into hospitals in Victoria. Dr Braun is an Adjunct associate Professor of Integrative Medicine at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. NICM provides leadership and support for strategically directed research into complementary medicine and translation of evidence into clinical practice and relevant policy to benefit the health of all Australians.

Dr Braun serves on the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council which oversees the implementation of TGA reforms and provides general strategic guidance to the TGA, advice on relationships and communication with stakeholders. She is also on the executive for the Complementary and Integrative Therapies interest group of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and an advisory board member to the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association. As of 2014, she is also the Director of Blackmore’s Institute, the academic and professional arm of Blackmores, which entails engaging with a broad range of academics, government and industry bodies and overseeing a comprehensive academic and research program.

Since 1996 she has authored numerous chapters for books and more than 100 articles, and since 2000 has written regular columns for the Australian Journal of Pharmacy and the Journal of Complementary Medicine. She lectures to medical students at Monash University and to chiropractic students at RMIT University, and is regularly invited to present at national and international conferences about evidence-based complementary medicine, drug interactions, complementary medicine safety and her own clinical research.

Her role as the main author of Herbs and Natural Supplements — An Evidence-based Guide represents a continuation of a life-long goal to integrate evidence-based complementary medicine into standard practice and improve patient outcomes safely and effectively.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Integrative Medicine (Hon) National institute of Complementary Medicine, University of Western Sydney, NSW, Australia Senior Research Fellow (Hon), Monash/Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre, VIC, Australia

Marc Cohen

Professor Marc Cohen is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine who has made significant impacts on education, research, clinical practice and policy. He is a medical doctor and Professor of Health Sciences at RMIT University where he leads postgraduate Wellness Programs and supervises research into wellness and holistic health including research on yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, lifestyle and the health impact of pesticides, organic food and detoxification. Prof Cohen sits on the Board of a number of national and international associations including the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, the Global Spa and Wellness Summit and the Australasian Spa and Wellness Association, as well as serving on the Editorial Board of several international peer-reviewed journals. Prof Cohen has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-edited the text ‘Understanding the Global Spa Industry’, along with more than 10 other books on holistic approaches to health. He is a frequent speaker at many national and international conferences where he delivers inspiring, informative and uplifting presentations. His impact on the field has been recognised by four consecutive RMIT Media Star Awards as well as the inaugural Award for Leadership and Collaboration from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor at School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne