The international popularity of herbal remedies has recently outpaced quality information on the utilization and dosing of these compounds. This book fills a void in the literature by offering an authoritative overview of the mechanisms of herbal remedies and their impact on standard medications. It offers a practical approach that focuses not only on specific drug interactions, but the mechanisms behind those interactions and their clinical significance. With contributions from leading experts on the subject, this text examines the overall use of herbs, includes sections on individual herbs, and considers pertinent regulatory issues and concerns in industry.
The Landscape of Herbal Medicine Utilization and Safety. Drug Interactions with Herbal Products. In Vitro Studies with Natural Health Products. St. John's Wort and Echinacea Drug Interactions. Garlic, Ginkgo, and Ginseng: Herb-Drug Interactions. A Review of Chinese Herb-Drug Interactions. Grapefruit Juice Interactions. Herb Quality Assurance. Pharmocokinetics of Herbal Products. Labeling of Drug Interactions. Post Marketing Reporting System Evaluation. Post-marketing reports on St. John's Wort. Post Marketing reports on Grapefruit Juice. Botanicals as Drugs, a US Perspective. Development of Herbal Products as Pharmaceutical Agents.