The purpose of this book is to focus on major considerations in the clinical use of botanicals as an integrated therapy in current health care. The book uses an organ system approach to presenting clinical evidence on the use of botanicals for common conditions. The chapters include brief sections on background and pharmacognosy, preparation and dosing, safety, evidence and clinical application. In addition, several chapters highlight pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenomic considerations with botanicals in precision medicine and their use in special populations. Finally, a summary on the editors' perspective of "challenges and opportunities" is provided, which discusses the practice of botanicals as integrative therapies and where they are heading in the future.
geriatrics, and interprofessional education/practice. She has been a faculty member in the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC) funded by the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions since 1996. She is co-leader of the RIGEC interdisciplinary student team training program at Memorial Hospital. She works with family medicine and internal medicine residents on the Geriatrics and the Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) rotations. Dr. Hume has published extensively and is a reviewer for many primary care, nursing, and pharmacy journals. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and was on the Editorial Board of the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) between 2005 and 2012. Dr. Hume is an Associate Editor of the APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drug Therapy. She also writes a monthly column on Integrative Medicine for Pharmacy Today. Dr. Hume is active in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and in other professional organizations including the Society for Primary Care Policy Fellows. She is a past Chair of Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network of ACCP.
Dr Kelly Orr, PharmD is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy. She serves as a course coordinator and lecturer for the 3-credit required Self Care 1 course and elective, Self Care 2. In regards to self care, Dr. Orr has published articles on evidenced based use of natural products, pediatric use of nonprescription drugs, emergency contraception, and virtual patients in self care teaching. Dr. Orr co-authored the Natural Products chapter for the APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, 16th, 17th, and 18th editions. In addition to self care responsibilities, Dr. Orr is coordinator and lecturer for the pulmonary therapeutics classes. Her teaching and practice interests are the areas of smoking cessation and asthma management, also obtaining the National Asthma Educator Certification (AE-C). Dr. Orr is the current past – chair of the AACP Self Care Therapeutics/Nonprescription Medicines SIG and a past member of the Nonprescription Medicines Academy Steering Committee. Along with membership in national pharmacy organizations, locally she is past-president of the Rhode Island Pharmacists’ Association. She is also appointed to the RI Board of Pharmacy.