More pre-publicationREVIEWS, COMMENTARIES, EVALUATIONS . . .
hisbookincludesprofilesonthirty-two individual herbal medi-cines and ten combination formulas.These profiles include descriptions of most of the major published clinicalstudies,whichhavebeenanalyzedbyapanel of authoritative reviewers. It isobviousthatgreatcarewastakentoen-sure completeness and accuracy of in-formation, and the reviewers’ com-ments regarding study quality areespecially informative and helpful.Clinicians searching for detailedand accurate information on herbalclinical trialswillfind much in this textthatisuseful.Itisasignificantachieve-ment in the field of evidence-basedanalyses of herbal medicine. It should be of most help to clinicians or re-searchers who want specific details onherbal clinical studies that are notreadily available, or who are interestedin clinical-trial-quality assessments byauthoritative reviewers.”
Michael Rotblatt, MD, PharmD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,UCLA; Co-author,
Evidence-Based Herbal Medicine
hepurposeofthisbook istopro-videbothconsumersandhealthcare providers with concise, evidence- based information on the most widelyused herbs and herbal formulas testedin clinical trials. The focus is on whatpreparationshave been studied in clin-icaltrialsandhowgoodtheevidenceisas assessed by preset criteria applied by botanical experts.The book is broken down into threeparts. The first section is very informa-tive and sets the stage nicely for a dis-cussion of individual herbs. The secondpart describes the process of evidencegathering, sorting, grading, and peerreview. Those readers familiarwith theNatural Standard database of naturalproductswillrecognizetheeditor’suseof ‘levels of evidence’ criteria as a use-ful tool to distill the information avail-able from clinical trials. In the thirdpart, the authors provide monographson the various herbals listed alphabeti-cally. These are concise and cover basicquestions of whether the trial was ran-domizedandwhetherthemethodswereclearly described. One unique feature isa detailed description of specific prod-ucts used in clinical trials. These arevery helpful to both clinicians inter-ested in recommending specific prod-ucts and to patients interested in find-ing these same products at their localhealth food stores.This book provides valuable infor-mation to providers and patients look-ing to sort out which commonly usedherbs are evidence-based and particu-larly which specific products theyshould be looking for.”
Philippe O. Szapary, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine,Division of General Internal Medicine,University of Pennsylvania Schoolof Medicine