Herbal Medicine: A Practical Guide for Medical Practitioners

Author

Graham Pinn

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Edition

Not Available

Date

1/1/1991

Keyword

Phytotherapy,  Plants, Medicinal

Abstract

This is the first chapter book 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 year of 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.