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Safety Concerns for Herbal Drugs

1st Edition

By Divya Vohora, S. B. Vohora

CRC Press

160 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Are herbal drugs totally devoid of adverse effects when used alone, as herbal formulations, or in concurrent use with modern medicines? Safety Concerns for Herbal Drugs examines that question and others like it to give you the information you need to judge for yourself the balance between the risks and benefits associated with the therapeutic use of medicinal plants. It stands out from other books by directing your attention to the aspects of safety and toxicity.

The authors venture into the relatively unexplored (or deliberately hidden) side of the picture. They present a survey of approximately 1500 medicinal plants and herbal products, 59 global (from 27 countries) and 75 Indian examples of toxic and adverse effects and drug interactions. Additionally, they present the current status of regulatory laws and their enforcement in 73 countries to support their contention that such laws and enforcement are inadequate, and that herbal drugs are unscientifically being promoted as totally safe.

To give you the full picture, the authors go on to examine such issues as danger from large-scale misuse and abuse, self-prescription, substitution, adulteration, concurrent use with modern medicines, hazardous but avoidable drug interactions, risk groups, and present status of drug regulations.

Reviews

"Professors Divya Vohora and S.B. Vohora deserve our thanks for bringing out this very useful and informative book which will undoubtedly help in the rational use of herbal products."

—Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, National Professor of Pharmacology; Advisor, Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of National Capital Territory of Delhi, from the Foreword

Table of Contents

Introduction

Herbal Drugs: Wide Usage and Popularity

Causes for Alienation from Modern Medicine

Questions and Aims of the Study

Toxicity and Adverse Effects of Herbal Drugs

Introduction

Incidence

Classification and Factors Affecting Herbal Toxicity

Risk Groups

Global Picture

The Indian Scene

Introduction

Single Plants

Formulations

Regulatory Aspects

Introduction

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Belarus

Belgium

Benin

Bhutan

Botswana

Brazil

Burkina Faso

Bulgaria

Burundi

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Comoros

Congo

Czech Republic

Denmark

Ethiopia

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

Finland

France

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Guinea

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Ireland

Israel

Japan

Kenya

Korea

Maldives

Mali

Mauritius

Myanmar

Nepal

Netherlands

Nigeria

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

South Africa

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Tajikistan

Thailand

Turkey

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United Republic of Tanzania

United States

Uzbekistan

Zambia

Critical Appraisal of the Available Data

About the Authors

Dr. Divya Vohora, M.Pharm., Ph.D., is a professor of pharmacology and in charge of the pharmaceutical medicine program for the Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard at New Delhi, India. She also is the assistant dean of Students’ Welfare. She has more than 17 years of teaching and research experience and has published 90 publications (including 2 books, 5 book chapters, 21 reviews, and 62 research papers) in reputed national and international journals with more than 700 citations. Her major areas of interest are central nervous system (CNS) pharmacology (with an emphasis on epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders, and cognitive functions), osteoporosis, histamine, and clinical pharmacology.

Shashi B. Vohora, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., retired as a professor and head of the Department of Medical Elementology and Toxicology, Hamdard University, New Delhi. Earlier, he worked for the Indian Council of Medical Research at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi; and later for the Institute of History of Medicine and Medical Research, New Delhi. He was an honorary project officer in the Drug Standardization Research Unit of the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine at New Delhi. He has over 30 years of teaching, research, and editing experience with more than 200 research publications, including 18 books.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEA011000
HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
MED071000
MEDICAL / Pharmacology
SCI011000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCI013000
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General