Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide (2Nd Edn)

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide (2Nd Edn)

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Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide (2nd edn) Braun L and Cohen M (eds) (2007) Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, Edinburgh ISBN 978 0 729537 96 4;PB;xvi + 792 pages; AUD 69.95

Over the past decade, increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and its integration into mainstream health care, has raised questions about the level of evidence for the safety and efficacy of these interventions. This text is one of an emerging number about evidence-based CAM, and is claimed by the authors to provide readers with a One stop shop' on some of the main CAM interventions in Australia. The book contains three sections and targets practitioners and consumers of CAM.

The first part of the book provides an overview of CAM, and an introduction to several complementary modalities, such as herbal medicine, nutrition and aromatherapy. The second section of the text discusses a number of CAM clinical practice issues, including integrative medicine, safety, preoperative care and cancer. These first two sections introduce CAM and integrative health care for nurses and other health practitioners. The final section of the book presents abridged monographs of 120 CAM products, including nutritional supplements, herbs, essential oils and medicinal foods. Each of these monographs includes details about the history, chemistry, actions, clinical evidence, dosage, and safety of the intervention, as well as relevant practice points and frequently asked questions. The appendices are on a CD and include a detailed list of herb-nutrient-drug interactions that is a useful desktop reference for healthcare practitioners.

This second edition of this text has expanded significantly, including new chapters and the addition of more than 25 new monographs. …

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