Bradley P. British Herbal Compendium: A Handbook of Scientific Information of Widely Used Plant Drugs. Bournemouth: British Herbal Medicine Association, 2006.
This comprehensive book is written in a succinct and accessible style. Its easy to navigate design allows information to be retrieved quickly and efficiently.
The reference contains 80 monographs of medicinal herbs. Each herb is presented in alphabetical order according to its common name. Synonyms, plant families and descriptions are given at the beginning of each monograph.
Details of a plant's chemical constituents and its published assay methods are provided. Pharmacological effects both in vitro and in vivo are also detailed. Additionally, each monograph contains a structure diagram of the plant's chemical composition.
Information about published clinical studies for each plant is given to allow readers to effectively evaluate evidence. All studies are appropriately referenced with full citations. This section is followed with particulars of therapeutic uses including actions, contraindications, side-effects, interactions with other drugs and dosages.
Safety issues and regulatory medicine status in the UK, France and Germany are summarised as well as regulatory food status in the USA and Council of Europe.
The British Herbal Compendium is described as Volume 2 as it is the companion to the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia which was published in 1996. The Compendium includes a list of abbreviations and an index.
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|Publication:||Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2009|
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