Herbal medicines

Philip Wiffen, Marc Mitchell, Melanie Snelling and Nicola Stoner

in Oxford Handbook of Clinical Pharmacy

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199603640
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730610 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Herbal medicines

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Herbal drugs 150

General information about commonly used herbal medications 154

Chinese herbal medicine 157

Herbal interactions 158

Perioperative considerations for herbal drugs 160

The efficacy and safety of herbal drugs present a number of issues to pharmacists. Herbal drugs are more often complex mixtures of active constituents that vary in quality for a number of reasons, such as environmental and genetic factors. Furthermore, the constituents responsible for the claimed therapeutic effects are frequently unknown or only partly explained....

Chapter.  2587 words. 

Subjects: Pharmacology

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