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Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011.

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Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.

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This book, Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, Second Edition, edited by Iris F. F. Benzie and Sissi Wachtel-Galor, reports updated information on some of the most widely investigated traditional and herbal medicines, and establishes continuity with a previous book in this series, Herbal and Traditional Medicine: Molecular Aspects of Health, edited by Lester Packer, Choon Nam Ong, and Barry Halliwell. This new edition is timely because there is unprecedented interest in understanding the molecular basis of the biological activity of traditional remedies—many of which are derived from plants and herbs (phytomedicines) or from products that are available as herbal supplements—and because such herbal supplements enjoy much popularity throughout the world. This popularity is the result of the recognition of alternative and complementary forms of medicine by governmental and nongovernmental changes; for example, the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Institutes of Health established the Office of Dietary Supplement and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which seek to verify health claims. Western and traditional medicines hold great promise once research and medical practice are appropriately coordinated.

The number of herbal remedies recognized to date is staggering, and an extensive literature has documented their existence and reported on their beneficial effects toward health and well-being, disease prevention, and disease treatment. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, Second Edition selects some of the best-case scenarios and widely used and known herbal remedies to report on their effects on health in light of the current knowledge concerning their basic biological mechanisms of action. Coeditors Iris F. F. Benzie and Sissi Wachtel-Galor must be congratulated for their excellent effort.

Lester Packer

Enrique Cadenas

Copyright © 2011 by Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Bookshelf ID: NBK92764

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