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Evaluation of Herbal Medicinal Products
edited by Peter Houghton

The enormous growth in the market for herbal medicinal products in the last 25 years has been one of the most interesting aspects of healthcare in the developed world. The rediscovery of natural substances with therapeutic potential has, however, provoked demand by legislators and the public for assurance of safe and effective use.

Evaluation of Herbal Medicinal Products addresses some of these demands, looking at:

  • general aspects
  • pharmacology and clinical aspects
  • quality and safety aspects
Evaluation of Herbal Medicinal Products brings together articles on current thinking and practice in these areas and highlights up-to-date research which should facilitate improvements in the topics under consideration.

It seeks to provide a state-of-the-art review, which will inform and guide those who seek to promote the use of herbal medicinal products.

Contents

Overview of various types of traditional medicine

  1. The worldwide phenomenon of increased use of herbal products: opportunities and threats
  2. Developing herbal medicinal products with quality, safety and efficacy: from field to bedside, with particular reference to the situation in India
  3. Natural remedies from Turkey: perspectives of safety and efficacy
  4. Traditional Chinese medicines: the challenge of acceptance by Western medicine
  5. Traditional Chinese medicines: evaluation of botanical extracts and dietary supplements
  6. Synergy and polyvalence: paradigms to explain the activity of herbal products
  7. From clinical evidence to mechanism of action: the development of standarised phytomedicines
Pharmacological evaluation for some therapeutic areas
  1. Herbal medicines for functional gastrointestinal disorders: study methods for qualtiy, safety, and efficacy
  2. Therapy and prevention of hepatocellular carcinoma using herbal drugs
  3. Testing of herbal products used to treat infections
  4. Natural products research in Helicobacter pylori infections
  5. Evaluation of the efficacy of herbal medicinal products used to treat cardiovascular diseases
  6. Herbal medicinal products as antiangiogenic agents: perspectives and evaluation
  7. Herbs affecting the central nervous system
  8. Herbs used to treat respiratory conditions other than infections
  9. Immunomodulatory herbal medicinal products" establishing standards and activity, with particular reference to herbs used in Ayurveda
  10. Tests on Indian and Peruvian medicinal plants used for would healing
  11. Evidence of the efficacy of herbal medicinal products used for conditions associated with inflammation
  12. Tests for antioxidant activity and their relevance to herbal medicinal products
  13. Herbal medicinal products affecting memory and cognitive disorders
  14. Evaluation of herbal medicinal products against herpes virus diseases
  15. Herbal medicinal products for tinnitus: perspectives and evaluation
  16. Traditional herbs for healthcare—turmeric: a case history
  17. Safety adn efficacy of Hachimi-jio-gan: a Chinese preparation to counteract oxidative damage
Product development
  1. Essential oils in the treatment of skin diseases: aspects of efficacy and toxicology
  2. Shelf-life of herbal remedies: challenges and approaches
Evaluation of quality and safety
  1. Authentication and quality assessment of botanicals and botanical products used in clinical research
  2. Quality control of Chinese herbal drugs
  3. Clinical trials as signposts to efficacy
  4. Toxicological evaluation of herbal medicines: approaches and perspectives
  5. Safety evaluation of herbal medicines
Index

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Evaluation of Herbal Medicinal Products
edited by Peter Houghton
2009 • 502 pages • $198.95 + shipping
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