Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies


The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies | A single source for accurate scientific information on herbal remedies!

The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies is the reference tool you need to distinguish those herbal products that have been clinically tested from those for which there is little or no real evidence that substantiates or disputes their claims of efficacy. This essential volume provides a snapshot of 160 herbal products that have been tested in clinical trials. Details of the products and the clinical trials they underwent are here in an easy-to-read, at-a-glance format. Each botanical profile in The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies contains a summary section (table, text and references), followed by product information and clinical.

This valuable book also makes purchasing easy with manufacturer contact information. With over 30 individual botanicals and 10 multi-ingredient formulas, 160 products and 360 clinical studies, The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies is the book you need to make an informed selection of herbal products. Not only does it list proprietary herbal products that have been tested in controlled clinical studies and provide a rating of the quality of those trials, but, it also describes the fundamentals of herbal medicine, including regulation, characterization, standardization, bioavailability, efficacy, safety, pharmacopoeial monographs as well as incentives, or lack of incentive, for US and European manufacturers to conduct clinical studies.
 This book includes profiles on thirty- two individual herbal medicines and ten combination formulas.These profiles include descriptions of most of the major published clinical studies, which have been analyzed by a panel of authoritative reviewers. It is obvious that great care was taken to ensure completeness and accuracy of information, and the reviewers’ comments regarding study quality are especially informative and helpful.Clinicians searching for detailed and accurate information on herbal clinical trials will find much in this text that is useful. It is a significant achievement in the field of evidence-based analyses of herbal medicine. It should be of most help to clinicians or researchers who want specific details on herbal clinical studies that are notreadily available, or who are interested in clinical-trial-quality assessments by authoritative reviewers.”

The purpose of this book is to provide both consumers and healthcare providers with concise, evidence based information on the most widely used herbs and herbal formulas tested in clinical trials. The focus is on what preparations have been studied in clinical trials and how good the evidence is as assessed by preset criteria applied by botanical experts.The book is broken down into three parts. The first section is very informative and sets the stage nicely for a discussion of individual herbs. The second part describes the process of evidence gathering, sorting, grading, and peer review. Those readers familiar with the Natural Standard database of natural products will recognize the editor’s use of ‘levels of evidence’ criteria as a useful tool to distill the information available from clinical trials. In the third part, the authors provide monographs on the various herbals listed alphabetically. These are concise and cover basic questions of whether the trial was randomized and whether the methods were clearly described. One unique feature is a detailed description of specific products used in clinical trials. These are very helpful to both clinicians interested in recommending specific products and to patients interested in finding these same products at their local health food stores.This book provides valuable information to providers and patients looking to sort out which commonly used herbs are evidence-based and particularly which specific products they should be looking for.”