The global popularity of herbal supplements and the promise they hold in treating various disease states has caused an unprecedented interest in understanding the molecular basis of the biological activity of traditional remedies. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects focuses on presenting current scientific evidence of biomolecular effects of selected herbs and their relation to clinical outcome and promotion of human health. It includes experimental approaches for looking at the bioactive components in herbs. This book also addresses the ethical challenges of using herbal medicine and its integration into modern, evidence-based medicine.
Drawing from the work of leading international researchers in different fields, this volume contains an in-depth scientific examination of effects of individual herbs, as well as their use in the treatment of important diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, dermatologic disorders, neurodegenerative disease, and diabetes. Due to the strong associations between oxidative stress, ageing, and disease, the powerful antioxidant properties of herbs and spices are also examined. The herbs featured are some of the most widely used remedies and cover a wide range, including flowering herbs, fruits and berries, roots and rhizomes, and fungi.
The fact that composition of natural products can vary greatly and contamination and misidentification can occur are important issues in the use of herbal medicines. To help bring a new level of quality control to the production of herbal extracts, the use of mass spectrometry and chemometric fingerprinting technology is presented as a means for improved identification and authentication of herbs.
As the need for effective, affordable health promotion and treatment increases, especially in the growing ageing population, there is a need for rigorous scientific examination of herbal medicines. This timely and comprehensive volume addresses this need and is an important text for medical professionals and researchers, as well as those interested in herbal or complementary medicine.
Table of Contents
Herbal Medicine: An Introduction to its History, Usage, Regulation, Current Trends, and Research Needs, Sissi Wachtel-Galor and Iris F. F. Benzie
Antioxidants in Herbs and Spices: Roles in Oxidative Stress and Redox Signaling, Ingvild Paur, Monica H. Carlsen, Bente Lise Halvorsen, and Rune Blomhoff
Evaluation of Nutritional and Metabolic Effects of Aloe vera, Meika Foster, Duncan Hunter, and Samir Samman
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.),Wing-kwan Chu, Sabrina C. M. Cheung, Roxanna A. W. Lau, and Iris F. F. Benzie
Cordyceps as an Herbal Drug, Bao-qin Lin and Shao-ping Li
Cranberry, Catherine C. Neto and Joe A. Vinson
The Amazing and Mighty Ginger, Ann M. Bode and Zigang Dong
Biological Activities of Ginseng and Its Application to Human Health, J. J. Wee, K. Park, and A. S. Chung
Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi): A Medicinal Mushroom, Sissi Wachtel-Galor, John Yuen, John A. Buswell, and Iris F. F. Benzie
Pomegranate Ellagitannins, David Heber
Medical Attributes of St. John’s Wort—Hypericum perforatum, Kenneth M. Klemow, Andrew Bartlow, Justin Crawford, Neil Kocher, Jay Shah, and Michael Ritsick
Tea, Mauro Serafini, Daniele Del Rio, Yao Denis N’Dri, Saverio Bettuzzi, and Ilaria Peluso
Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine, Sahdeo Prasad and Bharat B. Aggarwal
Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects of Chinese Wolfberry, Peter Bucheli, Qiutao Gao, Robert Redgwell, Karine Vidal, Junkuan Wang, and Weiguo Zhang
Botanical Phenolics and Neurodegeneration, Albert Y. Sun, Qun Wang, Agnes Simonyi, and Grace Y. Sun
Cardiovascular Disease, Richard Walden and Brian Tomlinson
Herbs and Spices in Cancer Prevention and Treatment, C. M. Kaefer and J. A. Milner
Herbal Treatment for Dermatologic Disorders, Philip D. Shenefelt
Diabetes and Herbal (Botanical) Medicine, William T. Cefalu, Jaqueline M. Stephens, and David M. Ribnicky
Bioactive Components in Herbal Medicine: Experimental Approaches, Foo-tim Chau, Kwok-pui Fung, Chi-man Koon, Kit-man Lau, Shun-yin Wei, and Ping-chung Leung
Ethics of Using Herbal Medicine as Primary or Adjunct Treatment and Issues of Drug–Herb Interactionl, Lauren Girard and Sunita Vohra
Integration of Herbal Medicine into Evidence-Based Clinical Practice: Current Status and Issues, Anthony Lin Zhang, Charlie Changli Xue, and Harry H. S. Fong
"This book is wonderful. Like on a treasure hunt, you can find answers to most questions that you might have on the topic of herbal and traditional research."
Free Radical Research
"Should be in any library of hospitals and medical schools."
-Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 3, No. 1, Sept. 2005