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Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs


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Table of Contents


  • About the Author
  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Introductory Material
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: Why Herbs?
  • An Archetypal Scene
  • Facts and Figures
  • Drug Design
  • About This Book
  • Herbs, Active Ingredients, Botanicals, and Phytomedicines
  • Helpful Hints
  • Safety
  • How About Homeopathy?
  • A Word About Wildcrafting
  • Disclaimer
  • Chapter 2. Regulation of Botanicals in the United States
  • Introduction
  • Herbs As Foods
  • The Birth of DSHEA
  • DSHEA Explained
  • DSHEA Five Years Later: Herbs on the Rise
  • The Future of Herbs in America
  • Chapter 3. Research Methodology: Probability, Statistics, and Psychometric Tests Employed in Herbal Medicine Studies
  • Introduction
  • Validity and Reliability of Measures
  • General Psychological Measures
  • Measures of Behavior and Cognitive Functioning
  • Diagnostic Classifications
  • Research Design
  • Animal Studies
  • Conclusions
  • Part II: Psychiatric Conditions and Herbs Employed in Their Treatment
  • Chapter 4. Depression
  • St. John's Wort: Hypericum perforatum (ital) L. Hypericaceae or Clusiaceae (Previously Guttifereae)
  • 5-Hydroxytryptophan: Griffonia simplicifolia (ital) (Vahl ex DC.) Baill. Fabaceae (Caesalpiniaceae)
  • Licorice: Glycyrrhiza glabra (ital) L. Fabaceae
  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
  • Chapter 5. Insomnia
  • Valerian: Valeriana officinalis (ital) L. Valerianaceae
  • Passion Flower: Passiflora incarnata (ital) L. Passifloraceae
  • German Chamomile: Matricaria recutita (ital) L. Asteraceae
  • Roman (English) Chamomile: Chamaemelum nobile (ital) (L.) Allioni Asteraceae
  • California Poppy: Eschscholzia californica (ital) Cham. Papaveraceae
  • Hops: Humulus lupulus (ital) L. Cannabinaceae
  • Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis (ital) L. Lamiaceae
  • Linden: Tilia (ital) ssp. Tiliaceae
  • Scullcap: Scutellaria lateriflora (ital) L. Lamiaceae
  • Oats: Avena sativa (ital) L. Poaceae
  • Chapter 6. Dementia and Cognitive Impairment
  • Ginkgo: Ginkgo biloba (ital) L. Ginkgoaceae
  • Gotu Kola: Centella asiatica (ital) (L.) Urban Apiaceae
  • Huperzine: Huperzia serrata (ital) (Thunb.) Trev. Lycopodiaceae
  • Chapter 7. Anxiety
  • Kava-Kava: Piper methysticum (ital) Forest. f. Piperaceae
  • Chapter 8. Adaptogens
  • Chinese Ginseng: Panax ginseng (ital) C. A. Meyer Araliaceae
  • American Ginseng: Panax quinquefoluis (ital) L. Araliaceae
  • Eleuthero: Eleutherococcus senticosus (ital) Ruprecht et Maximowica Araliaceae
  • Chapter 9. Miscellaneous Herbal Psychotropic Agents
  • Damiana: Turnera diffusa (ital) Willdenow Turneraceae
  • Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
  • Cannabis: A Breed Apart
  • Part III: Clinical Case Studies
  • Case Study 1. Episodic Use of Kava
  • Case Study 2. Case of Dementia Treated with Ginkgo biloba (ital)
  • Case Study 3. Head Injury Treated with Ginkgo
  • Case Study 4. Head Injury Treated with Ginkgo
  • Case Study 5. Treatment of Varied Symptoms with 5-HTP
  • Case Study 6. Dementia Treated with Ginkgo
  • Case Study 7. Treatment with a Variety of Herbal Agents
  • Case Study 8. Managing Mania and Obsessive-Complusive Disorder
  • Case Study 9. Cases of Treatment with Ginkgo and Kava
  • Afterword
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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