Herbal and Traditional Medicine: Molecular Aspects of Health

Author

Lester Packer, Choon Nam Ong and Barry Halliwell

Publisher

Marcel Dekker

Edition

1st  Edition

Date

2004

Keyword

traditional and herbal medicine, medicinal products, alternative medicine, complementary, herbal products, herbal remedies

Abstract

Responding to the increased popularity of herbal medicines and other forms of complementary or alternative medicine in countries around the world, this reference reviews current knowledge on the molecular, cellular, and physiological actions of traditional and herbal products for health maintenance and disease prevention and treatment. This reference also analyzes some of the most widely used herbal remedies to discuss their possible effects on human health and wellness. With more than 3550 current references, this book conducts risk-benefit assessments of herbal medicinal products such as Echinacea, garlic, ginkgo biloba, kava and St. John’s wort. Analyzes some of the effects of traditional and herbal medicine and herb-drug interactions. Evaluates the efficacy, biological mechanisms, and potential adverse effects of popular herbal products. Consider the challenges that lie ahead in combining traditional and western medicines and discusses the role of herbal medicine in national health care and public policy.