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Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine

2nd Edition

By Manuchair Ebadi

CRC Press

699 pages | 170 B/W Illus.

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Continuing in the tradition of the acclaimed first edition, Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine, Second Edition examines in extensive detail the physiologic effects of complimentary and alternative therapies, foods, supplements, vitamins, and traditional herbal remedies. The author considers the site, mode, and mechanism of action to explain the desired and adverse effects and interactions of each herb, drug, and food in an encyclopedic volume.

Today’s Questions

Devoting entire chapters to the most influential herbal remedies, the text either endorses or debunks popular conceptions with pure scientific data. The author provides answers to today’s naturopathic questions by paying particular attention to the chronic diseases engendered by obesity, as well as Alzheimer’s, cancer, imbalances of neurotransmitters such as Parkinson’s, and depression.

The Latest Research

Incorporating current research on the devastating role of chronic systemic inflammation and the cumulative effect of poor oxygen metabolism and free radicals on changes in mitochondrial DNA, enzyme activity, and accelerations in the aging process, the text bridges the gap between ancient remedies and modern knowledge.

Effective Treatment

Deconstructing the molecular mystery that is the interaction among herbal properties, physiology, and disease, Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine, Second Edition opens the door to successful herbal treatment.


Praise for the first edition:

 “I was impressed by the scope and presentation of the material and would recommend it to anyone who wanted a good overall introduction to the pharmacology of herbs and plants”

— Peter L. Bonate, Pharmaceutical Research

praise for the first edition

“…offers a balanced approach that spans the gap between the hype in many popular herb books and the wariness of most scientific texts…Very helpful diagrams with charts explaining physiological actions accompany almost every section.”

— American Herb Association

praise for the first edition

“The author is well qualified to undertake such a challenging and important task to bridge the knowledge gap for herbal medicines by providing pharmacodynamic information that is currently available. …useful for both students of allopathic and traditional medicine.”

— Grace M. Kuo, PharmD, The Annals of Pharmacology

praise for the first edition

“Ebadi successfully catalogs and describes the most important of alternative health care practices in use today. … The content is often part folklore, tradition, or legend in addition to detailed scientific hypotheses and facts regarding the active constituents and mechanism(s) of action. One might expect the cover of this book to become well worn due to the number of people that would browse its pages. In that regard, the book is recommended for all readers desiring a general source of information about herbal medications. All levels.”

— P.W. Baures, Kansas State University, in CHOICE

Table of Contents

The Pharmacokinetic Basis of Therapeutics


Adverse Reactions and Drug–Drug Interactions

Herb–Drug Interactions

Natural Products as a Resource for Established and New Drugs

Alternative Therapies

Herbal Therapeutics Then and Now

Dietary Antioxidants

Herbal Drugs and Their High Demand in Treating Diseases



Aloe and Colon Function

Banisterine, Selegiline, and Parkinson’s Disease

Belladonna Alkaloids: Autonomic Drugs

Blueberry (Vaccinium)

Botulinum Toxin

Brussels Sprouts


Capsicum, Rosemary, and Turmeric



Cinchona Tree


Colchicine and Gout


Curare and Neuromuscular Blockade

Daffodil and Alzheimer’s Disease


Ephedrine (Ma Huang): A Decongestant and Vasopressor

Ergot, Its Alkaloids, and Headache



Folate in Fruit

Food–Drug Interactions

Foxglove, Cardiac Glycosides, and Congestive Heart Failure

Ginkgo biloba

Ginseng and Cholinergic Transmission

Green, White, and Black Teas

Herbal Plants and Tuberculosis

Herbal Products for the Chemotherapy of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

Honey: The Nectar of Life

Horseradish and Antiplatelet Actions

Hypericum (St. John’s Wort) and Depression


Manuka and Fungal Disease

Marine Therapeutics

Morphine:Papaver somniferum

Oats (Avena sativa L.) and Their Antioxidant Activity

Olives and Olive Oil

Onion and Garlic

Immunoenhancing Actions of Plantain

Plants and Diabetes



Pygeum africanum and Permixon for the Treatment of Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia





Sex Herbs

Sponges and Steroids

Taxol (Paclitaxel) and Cancer Chemotherapy


Ulcer Therapy with Herbal Medicine


Vitamins and Diet

Wheat Germ


Yogurt and the Immune System

Specific References

General References


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
MEDICAL / Pharmacology
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General