1st Edition

The Herbal Internet Companion
Herbs and Herbal Medicine Online

ISBN 9780789010520
Published October 30, 2001 by CRC Press
193 Pages

USD $32.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

A comprehensive guide to using the Internet for research into all aspects of herbal medicine!

This valuable and timely book will help you navigate the sea of information about herbs and herbal remedies on the Internet. In recent years, alternative medicine has come to the forefront of American culture. As editor David J. Owen points out, “It sometimes seems that not a day goes by without the appearance of another newspaper article or television news item about St. John’s wort or Ginkgo biloba. Once confined largely to health food stores, herbal preparations are now prominently displayed on the shelves of modern pharmacies and can be readily purchased via the Internet. They are now widely used to treat a variety of conditions, from depression to sexual dysfunction.”

Today, a great deal of the most reliable information about herbal medicine is available only in scattered sources like trade journals, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and market research reports. Many of these are available online if you know how to find them. The Herbal Internet Companion: Herbs and Herbal Medicine Online will show you how to find the information you need!

This book groups the Web sites and other Internet sources it lists based on the type of information you’ll find there, providing you with ways to quickly access information about:

  • criteria for assessing the quality of health information on the Internet
  • consumer/patient needs and frequently asked questions
  • mailing lists, chat rooms, and newsgroups providing herbal information
  • laws, standards, and regulations
  • associations and organizations dealing with herbal medicine
  • consumer protection, health fraud, and quackery
  • clinical trials and evidence about specific products
  • Internet resources in specialized health areas such as cancer and AIDS
  • side effects, adverse reactions, and drug interactions
  • online indexes and databases such as MEDLINE
  • . . . and much more!
Complete with easy-to-read tables and charts as well as a glossary of terms you’ll encounter on these Web sites, The Herbal Internet Companion: Herbs and Herbal Medicine Online is the resource that puts the power of the Internet in your hands!

Table of Contents


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Herbal Medicine and the Internet
  • Herbal Information Resources
  • Herbal Information and the Internet
  • How “Stable” Are Herbal Web Sites?
  • Web Sites for Evaluating Internet Material
  • Chapter 2. A Herbal Renaissance
  • Herbalism in the United States
  • Web Site Resources for Herbal Texts
  • Chapter 3. Identification, Cultivation, and Conservation: Botanical and Agricultural Resources
  • What Is an Herb?
  • Plant Names and Plant Taxonomy
  • The Importance of Correct Plant Identification
  • Web Sites Providing Botanical, Conservation, and Cultivation Data
  • Chapter 4. The Traditional Herbalist Movement and the U.S. Herbal Industry
  • The Herbalist Approach to Health
  • Herbal Products and Manufacturers
  • Web Sites of Practicing Herbalists and U.S. Herbal Organizations
  • Chapter 5. Herbal Associations and Organizations
  • Herbal Organizations in the United States and Europe
  • Web Sites of Professional Herbal Organizations
  • Chapter 6. The Mainstreaming of Herbal Medicine
  • University-Affiliated, Nonprofit, and Other Research Institutions
  • Chapter 7. Traditional Medicine, Folklore, and Ethnobotany
  • Traditional Medicine and Herbal Remedies
  • Traditional Chinese, Tibetan, and Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Ethnobotany
  • Herbal Folklore
  • Web Sites Focusing on Traditional Herbal Medicine
  • Chapter 8. Laws, Regulations, and Standards
  • Drug Laws and Regulations
  • The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994
  • Consistency and Standardization
  • Europe and Germany's Commission E Monographs
  • Web Sites of Government and Private Regulatory Agencies
  • Chapter 9. Clinical Evidence and Clinical Trials
  • Do Herbs Work?
  • Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
  • Web Sites Providing Information on Clinical Evidence and Trials
  • Chapter 10. Adverse Effects, Adverse Reactions, and Drug Interactions
  • Herbal Remedies Are Not Risk Free
  • Web Sites That Discuss Adverse Herb Reactions and Drug-Herb Interactions
  • Chapter 11. Quackery, Health Fraud, and Consumer Protection
  • Conflicts Between Allopathic Medicine and Herbalists
  • Health Fraud and Quackery
  • Web Sites Dedicated to Consumer Education and Awareness
  • Chapter 12. Information for Consumers and Patients
  • The Internet and Health Care
  • Web Sites Serving As Gateways to Reliable Herbal Information
  • Chapter 13. MEDLINE and Other Online Indexes/Databases
  • Medical Information and the Information Explosion
  • The Literature on CAM
  • Web Sites Providing Access to Databases and Indexes
  • Chapter 14. AIDS, Cancer, and Other Specialized Health Areas
  • Complementary or Alternative Medicine
  • Cancer and CAM
  • CAM and HIV/AIDS
  • Web Sites That Focus on Particular Diseases and Health Issues
  • Chapter 15. Aromatherapy
  • What Is Aromatherapy?
  • Aromatherapy in Europe
  • Web Sites Providing Information on Aromatherapy
  • Chapter 16. Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Chat Rooms
  • The Internet and the New Communication Channels
  • Internet Sites for Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Chat Rooms
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

View More