The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database gives accurate scientific data for every herbal medicine and dietary supplement used and referenced in North America. The database covers more products than any other reference. For each product the database provides 15 categories of information. For each product the database will tell you various other names that the product is known by...what the product is used for, including current uses, traditional uses, uses in other cultures, non-medicinal uses...the safety rating, including safety during pregnancy and lactation...effectiveness rating, including effectiveness for various uses...major active ingredients and theoretical mechanism of action...potential interactions with drugs...potential interactions with foods...potential interactions with disease conditions...potential interactions with medical lab tests...typical dosing and routes of administration and other important commentary.
This database is extremely comprehensive. There are almost 1200 pages of concentrated data. The database is the most comprehensive and most clinically valid reference on this topic in existence. The database is written for physicians, pharmacists, and other health professionals. Consumers who use this database are encouraged to seek appropriate guidance from a healthcare professional.
Included in with the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database are several charts showing which herbs and drugs interact, and listings of herbal and dietary supplement products showing all of the specific ingredients in each product.
The database is exhaustively referenced. Each statement is referenced by one of thousands of medical references.
The database is extremely easy to use. For any particular question, you simply flip to the name of the product, and find the answer to your question in the appropriate box on that page.
This Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is an outstanding collection and consensus of data from every other reputable reference in this topic area.
The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is an excellent tool for people who wish to determine the safety or effectiveness of any herbal or dietary supplement product. People will also be able to determine the appropriate uses and side effects to watch for. The database provides a unique and very user-friendly ranking for the safety and the effectiveness of each herbal medicinal or dietary supplement product. Each product has one of five safety ratings, and one of five effectiveness ratings. These ratings are assigned based on the number and quality of published human studies. The authors have evaluated the various studies and determined which studies hold enough scientific validity to earn a particular rating. Very importantly, people will know if there is any documented interaction between a natural medicine and a traditional prescription or non-prescription drug, or if the natural medicine is likely to effect any medical lab test, or aggravate any particular disease. A group of 37 pharmacists and physicians, plus 2 nutritionists, worked as a team for over one year to compile this immense and user-friendly database.
This Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database represents the best collection of knowledge on this subject available anywhere, and is a "must-have" tool for anybody who prescribes, dispenses, recommends, or uses these products.
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Other descriptions available about Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database tell you how scientifically valid it is, and how comprehensive it is. But, the entire study of natural medicines is moving very fast at this point. New information is being uncovered and documented at an amazing rate. Therefore, it is important that this database have a mechanism for new data to be added. And it does.
Inside the printed version of this database, you will find a form called "Tell the Editors." Users of this database are encouraged to phone, fax, email, or post comments on the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database website. These comments go straight to the editorial team who works on this database everyday. All the users of this database therefore become a part of continually updating this database and making it the most current, and practical database available anywhere.
We see this database as a constantly changing and improving collection of data. We recognize that anything that we publish today will be outdated in the future. Even though this database is far more current than anything else in print, we see the database as a starting point from which all health professionals and consumers can build to have a constantly growing collection of data on natural medicines.
The primary users of this database have been physicians and pharmacists, and they tell the editorial team that this database is by far the most comprehensive, and the most useful of any reference in this subject area.From the Back Cover:
"The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is comprehensive, well-formatted, beautifully edited, well-indexed and helpful- My congratulations to you and your staff. As editor of AMA-Drug Evaluations in the past, I know how much effort goes into this type of compendium. Keep up your usual good-work. I and many of my colleagues in practice appreciate your efforts." Don Bennett, M.D., Ph.D., Downers Grove, IL
"I received the book last week and used it twice the first day I had it. I have referred to it several times since then, as have some of my colleagues. It's great! I really am thrilled to have such a comprehensive reference available. I like the way the entries are set up, with crucial information but not too much to read (like the Prescriber's Letter). Also, the section at the back on components of common brand name products is an excellent idea. I have already used that section to identify something one of my patients is taking." Peggy Spencer, M.D., Albuquerque, NM
"The Natural Database it is great to have. Put together very well and gives me instant information on many things I don't know much about." Ken Bielak, M.D., Knoxville, TN
"I got the Natural Meds Database and am thrilled with it. I find it easy to use and very informative. In fact used it yesterday again to help with a patient who had just had a stroke, and had started taking Valerian the day before her stroke. It was the only "medicine" she was on, and since she had a history of untreated hypertension I wondered if she might have developed enough hypotension to develop the ischemic stroke. I found the Database useful. Thanks again for this much needed work." Bruce Thompson, M.D., Honeoye Falls, NY
"I am very pleased with the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. I have noticed that my patients are also pleased. If they tell me that they take a "health supplement" that I am not familiar with, I bring the book in the examination room and read it in their presence. This encourages them to reveal to me all their over the counter medications. This has already proven useful in several cases." Anca M. Pralea, M.D., Evansville, IN
"The Database looks great with tons of info- Other docs in the clinic are impressed as well! Again thanks." Mike Downs M.D., Hope, AR
"To the innovator of this product, and all of the researchers: This is great!! We have a copy of the German Commission E Monographs in the Pharmacy, but it is very vague and only includes some natural products. Your reference has everything! I've already answered 2 questions from the medical staff here from the database, and I've only had it for 1 day! This is invaluable for any Pharmacist." LT Chad McKenzie, R.Ph., Head, Pharmacy Department, Naval Hospital Keflavik
"I want you all to know how excited I am to have this reference. The day after I received my book, a customer came in asking about SAMe. She had seen an article in the paper and was suffering from arthritis. She wanted to know about drug interactions. I pulled out the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and showed her what it said about SAMe. Thanks!!!" Barry Klein, M.S., R.Ph., Cuyahoga Falls, OH
"Can't tell you how excited I'm about your natural database! I'm constantly referring to it, and always find the information I need! What a tremendously well researched product! (as one would expect from a fine publication such as Pharmacists Letter)! Thanks so much for finally putting it all together. Sincerely," Larry Nylund, R.Ph., Marquette MI
"I find this new database amazing. I just got two questions about pycnogenol and alpha lipoic acid. With the help of this database I was able to answer them. Thanks so much." Jim McArdle, R.Ph., Emporia, VA
"I just wanted to say that both the natural medicines comprehensive database text and the electronic are superb. Thanks for making the information we are searching for easier to obtain." Amy Peak, Pharm.D., Coordinator of Drug Information Services, St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, Indianapolis,IN
"You people continue to amaze me with the quality resources you provide and for the price you provide it for! Please, please, don't ever sell out to one of the "big boys" in publishing. Time and time again, the only thing that changes then is the length of time for us to get a response/service and of course the price goes way up. Please share my thanks with all of your crew. You have an impressive operation! Sincerely," Gary Konsor, R.Ph., St. Cloud, MN
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