Botanical medicines

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  • Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health is being published at an interesting time and speaks simultaneously to a number of converging constituencies. It is a time of growing stress on both the medical system and the patient. Medical care is in crisis with large numbers of underinsured or uninsured patients needing care. Costs are rising from the practice of increasingly technical medicine while patients complain of the decreasing time and attention they are receiving from their medical providers. Further, the burden of chronic disease is growing in an aging population.

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  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (GEAM) is a one-stop source for alternative medical information that covers complementary therapies, herbs and remedies, and common medical diseases and conditions. It avoids medical jargon when possible, making it easier for the layperson to use. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine presents authoritative, balanced information and is more comprehensive than single-volume family medical guides.

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  • I came to herbal medicine as many of us do: I became ill, and modern medicine could not help me. I felt betrayed. I was shocked, then angry. Then I began to think about a great many things in new ways. Because I was raised in a family of powerful political physicians, I was raised with the belief that after millennia, man (and modern medical science) had defeated disease. I was taught to believe that we were all on the threshold of everlasting, disease-free life. It was a tremendous shock, then, when reality took me aside and whispered in my ear. That murmured secret was...

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  • According to a random survey conducted in 1997, 42% of Americans sought out and used one or more types of medical interventions that were not taught in medical schools and were not generally available in U.S. hospitals. This represented an eight percentage point increase over the 1990 results of the same survey. While the vast majority (96%) of these people were also seeking conventional treatment for their health problems, less than 40% of these people told their conventional doctors what they were doing. Clearly, something’s going on with alternative medicine....

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  • This informative new book explains, in meticulous detail, what is known scientifically about the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine therapies including nutritional, botanical, homeopathic and psychospiritual for HIV/AIDS. The special research methodology challenges involved in the scientific evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine are discussed in depth, and the authors offer valuable new insights into the complex pathogenesis of AIDS.

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  • This second edition of Plant Drug Analysis includes more than 200 updated color photographs of superb quality demonstrating chromatograms of all relevant standard drugs. All drugs presented meet the standard of the official pharmacopoeia and originate from well-defined botanical sources. With this guide the technique of thin layer chromatography can be easily used without previous pharmacognostic training. Only commercially available equipment and reagents are needed, the sources as well as all practical details are given. ...

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  • This translation was undertaken with the especial object of facilitating the study of the native medicinal plants by the numerous medical officers stationed at small posts throughout the Philippines. In order to aid in the recognition of these plants, the botanical descriptions have been revised to the extent of adding, where possible, the size and shape of the plant, English name, length of leaves, color of flowers, etc., in many instances supplying the entire botanical description where it had been omitted on account of general familiarity with the plant.

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  • Tami seems happier than I have ever seen her. She stands confidently in the sunshine, her long white gown ruffling in the breeze. It is not just the fact that she is a bride on her wedding day that makes her beautiful. She actually has radiance about her, in her face, in her step, and especially in her laughter. And it is very inspiring to see her in this way. A few years ago, Tami first came to see me for her long-term debilitating fatigue. It seemed to start 13 years prior, just after a bout with a serious flu with characteristics of infectious mononucleosis. Even at...

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  • ASEAN occupies only 3 percent of the world’s total land area, but 18 percent of the plants and animals assessed by the IUCN live in its mountains, jungles, rivers, lakes and seas. Biodiversity is our source of food, medicine, shelter, clothing and livelihood.

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  • Rabodo Andriantsiferana is a researcher and director at the Centre National d’Applications des Recherches Pharmaceuticque (CNARP) in Madagascar.

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  • The Enforcement Division is responsible for the investigation of all consumer complaints and statutory reports referred from the Data Repository Committee. The Consumer Protection Unit of the Enforcement Division coordinates the initial review of all complaints as part of its “triage’’ process. Complaints with allegations of substandard care are reviewed by experienced clinical nurses from the division’s Clinical Care Unit and then sent to outside expert reviewers.

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  • If the items are whole parts then it is relatively simple for an expert to identify the specimen: usually a natural history museum, botanic garden or university would be most appropriate. Identification may involve simple morphological studies or microscopic examination. Once a specimen has been processed to any degree, identification becomes more difficult. If ingredients have been highly processed and mixed with other ingredients, only sophisticated forensic techniques can hope to provide a definitive answer that will be acceptable in court.

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  • Nutrient requirements for optimum health and function of aging physiological systems often are quite distinct from young ones. Recognition and understanding of the special nutrition problems of the aged are being intensively researched and tested, especially due to the increases in the elderly in the general population. In developed countries, economic restrictions and physical inactivity during aging can signifi cantly reduce food intakes, contributing to nutritional stresses and needs. Many disease entities and cancers are found with higher frequency in the aged.

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  • The pharmaceutical industry manufactures biological products, medicinal chemicals, botanical products, and the pharmaceutical products covered by Standard Industrial Classification Code Numbers 2831, 2833, and 2834, as well as other commodities. The industry is characterized by a diversity of products, processes, plant sizes, as well as wastewater quantity and quality. In fact, the pharmaceutical industry represents a range of industries with operations and processes as diverse as its products.

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