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The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies
Volumes 1 and 2

Edited by Marilyn Barrett, PhD

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 that have not. This essential handbook (comprised of two volumes of 700+ pages each) 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 trials for that particular product. An evaluation of the strength of the evidence from the trials, along with the context for therapeutics is included to give you a complete picture of each remedy and its usefulness or lack thereof. If there is more than one product based on a particular botanical then the trials are grouped according to the product.

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.

     Contributors
    
Contributors to the chapters describing the fundamentals of herbal medicine include:
  • the late Dr. Varro Tyler, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Purdue University and co-author of Tyler's Honest Herbal, Rational Phytotherapy, and Tyler's Herbs of Choice
  • Loren Israelsen, JD, president of the LDI group
  • Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Chair of the USP Dietary Supplement Information Committee
  • Joerg Grünwald, PhD, co-author of the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) for Herbal Medicines, and Stefan Spiess, RPh, President of Grünwalder GmbH
  • Anton Biber, PhD, and Friedrich Lang, PhD, experts in the bioavailability of herbal medicine at Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co., Germany
  • Anthony Almada, MSc, founder and Chief Scientific Officer of IMAGINutrition, Inc.
  • Joseph M. Betz, PhD, Director of the Dietary Supplements Methods and Reference Materials Program at the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
  • Ezra Bejar, PhD, president of Plant Bioassay
  • Uwe Koetter, PhD, Director of New OTC and Dietary Supplement Product Development at GlaxoSmithKline
  • Srini Srinivasan, PhD, Vice President of the Dietary Supplement Verification Program of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
  • Roy Upton, Executive Director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
All of the clinical trials in The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies were rated as to their Level of Evidence according to a system designed by Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Chair of the United States Pharmacopoeia Dietary Supplements/Botanicals Expert Panel and a member of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The reviewers of the clinical trials included Karriem Ali, MD; Richard Aranda, MD; Elliot Fagelman, MD; Mary Hardy, MD; David Heber, MD, PhD, FACP, FACN; John Trimmer Hicks, MD, FACP, FACR; Hannah Kim, MD; Franklin C. Lowe, MD, MPH; Richard D. O'Connor, MD; Barry S. Oken, M.D; Lynn Shinto, ND; and Keith Wesnes, PhD.
     Reviews
    
"I WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND THIS REFERENCE TEXT. Marilyn Barrett has succeeded in putting together one of the best texts on herbal medicine I know. The monographs are THOROUGH, INFORMATIVE, IN-DEPTH, AND UP-TO-DATE. This is a book for all who have more than a fleeting interest in herbal medicine. It contains a host of information that similar books omit and which would be hard and time-consuming to retrieve."
E. Ernst, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPEd, Director and Professor, Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, United Kingdom

"CLINICIANS SEARCHING FOR DETAILED AND ACCURATE INFORMATION ON HERBAL CLINICAL TRIALS WILL FIND MUCH THAT IS USEFUL. A reference on herbal medicines written in the language of evidence-based medicine. . . . Provides a more critical scientific analysis than is usually available to health professionals and consumers."
Michael Rotblat, MD, PharmD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA; Co-author of Evidence-Based Herbal Medicine
     Book Excerpt