General Sources

The American Pharmaceutical Association Practical Guide to Natural Medicines (A. Pierce). Reference book directed at potential users of natural products, includes sections on assessing safety and efficacy. The Honest Herbal (V. E. Taylor PhD, Pharmaceutical Products Press). This comprehensive book provides a wealth of critical and referenced information on many herbs. The author describes the putative active ingredients, recommended uses and supporting evidence of efficacy for each herb, and also debunks unwarranted claims. The Complete Book of Symptoms and Treatments (E. Ernst, Editor, Element Books Limited). This book is divided into the following three sections: (1) symptoms and disorders, (2) ther apies used in complementary medicine, and (3) diagnostic techniques used in complementary medicine. Within the symptoms and disorders section, therapies used for a variety of medical conditions are discussed. There is a section on GI conditions, although neither ulcerative colitis nor Crohn's disease is specifically included. Each therapy is given a rating as to the likelihood of achieving a therapeutic benefit and potential risks are listed. The level of evidence supporting any benefits (ie, case reports, clinical trials) is given, but unfortunately no references are provided.

Professionals Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (C. W. Feltrow and J. R. Avila, Springhouse Publishers). This book describes the chemical components, actions, reported uses, and suggested doses of many herbs and alternative medicines. The authors also list potential adverse events and drug interactions. The book is less critical of claims made about the efficacy of the treatments than the above two books.

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