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Herbal Medicine

Australian Production - Blackwell Publishing Asia This is the first chapterbook on herbal medicine for doctors , it will not cover other alternative therapies. The intention of the book is intended to clarify what herbal and other plant therapy has been proven effective and what is wishful remains conjecture. Information comes from a variety of sources including traditional use, scientific study, folk use and anecdotal accounts. All too often the testimonial approach or pseudo science is used to promote a new trend in herbal prescribing. These approaches do make us sceptical of the whole concept of herbal therapy. We should however remember that many orthodox treatments are of plant origin and that traditional treatment, which has evolved over thousands over yearof years, is likely to have benefit. With improved and standardized herbal medicine production scientific studies are now being carried out. It is likely that some herbal treatments will be proven effective and adopted into mainstream medicine. Key features:Written from a medical viewpoint Provides scientific background to herbal medicine Covers diverse medical subjects such as rheumatology, cardiology, dermatology and oncology and many others Provides much needed information for doctors whose patients may be self prescribing herbal medications Provides the latest information on evidence based tests Proposed Retail Price: AUD 44.95 (before GST) GBP 14.95 USD 26.95
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Table of Contents

Introduction C H A P T E R 1 Herbal medicine: past, present and future Introduction Why the change? Why the change back? What is the evidence? Is it safe? Is there progress? Future developments References C H A P T E R 2 Herbal medicine in cardiovascular disease Introduction Heart failure Cardiac arrhythmia Ischaemic heart disease Hypertension Diuretics Anti-platelet medications Anticoagulants Peripheral vascular disease Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 3 Herbal medicine in metabolic and endocrine disease Introduction Gout Diabetes Obesity Thyroid disorder Hyperlipidaemia Homocysteine Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 4 Herbal medicine in gastroenterology Introduction Dyspepsia Motility disorders Diarrhoea Constipation Vomiting Peptic ulcers Inflammatory bowel disease Liver disease Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 5 Herbal medicine in obstetrics gynaecology Introduction Menopause Menstrual irregularity Premenstrual tension Amenorrhoea Infertility Pregnancy Morning sickness Threatened miscarriage Labour Post-partum Breast feeding Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 6 Herbal medicine in neuropsychiatry Introduction Anxiety/depression Migraine Schizophrenia Analgesia Epilepsy Dementia Multiple sclerosis Parkinson's disease Stroke Tinnitus Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 7 Herbal medicine in oncology Introduction Prophylaxis Treatment Supportive treatment Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 8 Herbal medicine in infectious disease Introduction Fever Immune enhancement Anti-viral therapy Anti-bacterial plants Topical therapy Anti-protozoal plants Anti-helminthic plants Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 9 Herbal medicine in respiratory disease Introduction Symptom control Bronchitis Bronchial asthma Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 10 Herbal medicine in rheumatology Introduction Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Chronic fatigue syndrome Osteoporosis Gout Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 11 Herbal medicine in renal and genito-urinary disease Introduction Prostatism Prostate cancer Calculi Erectile dysfunction Bladder infection Bladder dysfunction Nephritis and renal failure Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 12 Herbal medicine in dermatology Introduction Skin healing Skin irritation Eczema Psoriasis Control of infection Miscellaneous uses Toxicity Conclusion References C H A P T E R 13 Adverse effects associated with herbal medicine Introduction Intrinsic reactions Toxicity Overdosage Interaction with pharmaceuticals Idiosyncratic reaction Extrinsic reactions Misidentification and substitution Lack of standardisation Contamination Adulteration Incorrect preparation and storage Conclusion References C H A P T E R 14 Herbal medicine: does it really work? Introduction Plants with proven benefits Cardiovascular medicine (Chapter 2) Hyperlipidaemia (Chapter 3) Gastrointestinal disease (Chapter 4) Neurology/psychiatry (Chapter 6) Malaria (Chapter 8) Genito-urinary disease (Chapter 11) Plants with suspected benefits still awaiting proof of efficacy Metabolic disorders (Chapter 3) Obstetrics/gynaecology (Chapter 5) Neuropsychiatry (Chapter 6) Malignancy (Chapter 7) Infection (Chapter 8) Arthritis (Chapter 10) Genito-urinary disease (Chapter 11) Dermatology (Chapter 12) Conclusion References A P P E N D I X A Suggested reference material Books Websites A P P E N D I X B Dosages of important medications Index

About the Author

Graham Pinn was born in England and educated at Charing Cross Hospital in London. On qualification he joined the Airforce and developed "the Travel Bug." He completed his specialist training as a physician whilst in the Airforce and after leaving moved to New Zealand. After some years in a district hospital in New Plymouth the travel bug struck again and he set off around the world. Following stints in the Middle East, Germany, the South Pacific, the Seychelles he settled in Australia and worked for 10years as senior physician at the Nambour Hospital on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. In his twilight years he has again set off travelling and is now working once more in the Middle East. The interest in herbal medicine developed during his travels with time in third world environments and exposure to the local treatment options. Traditional treatment has become an increasing interest over the last 15 years, culminating in a series of articles for the Australian General Practitioners Journal. These articles have now been revised and updated as the source of this book.

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