ABCs of Herbal Medicine


The following are introductory articles about herbal medicine to help you get introduction to the field. Herbal medicine is being used more and more by patients. The sale of herbal products in the US is in the billons of dollars. It is important to have an open conversation between doctor and patient about what herbs or supplements the patients takes in order to avoid side effects and drug herb interactions.

Introduction to Herbal Medicine

Interactive case-based educational program to learn the basics of herbal medicine, including regulatory aspects, drug-herb interactions, and definitions used in contemporary herbalism. Reviews ten most commonly used herbs.
http://www.mcphs.edu/herbal/herbs/
Created by Lana Dvorkin, PharmD, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Clinical Review: ABC of Complementary Medicine

Andrew Vickers, Catherine Zollman
British Medical Journal BMJ 1999;319:1050-1053 (16 October )
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/319/7216/1050?maxtoshow=
&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&titleabstract=
herbal&searchid=1049330281870_24987&stored_search=
&FIRSTINDEX=0&resourcetype=1,2,3,4,10


Herbal 'Health' Products: What Family Physicians Need to Know

Therese Zink, MD, MPH, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio; Jodi Chaffin, RPH, HealthPartners, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
American Family Physician October, 1, 1998
http://www.aafp.org/afp/981001ap/zink.html


Herbal Remedies: Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions

Melanie Johns Cupp, PharmD
American Family Physician March, 1, 1999
http://www.aafp.org/afp/990301ap/1239.html

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