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Phytotherapy Desk Reference Edition 5

Phytotherapy Desk Reference Edition 5

This book has been designed as a reliable desk reference for the busy herbalist/phytotherapist. It contains short, precise descriptions of 240 of most commonly used herbs in Australia. It is not an exhaustive materia medica describing the herbs in great detail.

Practitioners not familiar with the herbs, should seek additional information elsewhere. The intention is to provide practitioners with a limited number of reliable therapeutic actions with some reliable indications for each herb and with the information organised in such a way as to be a valuable clinical tool.

The short monographs also provide the main active constituents, the qualities of the herbs, known drug interactions and any caution or contraindications as well as the recommended dosage for liquid extracts.

As a quick reference index, the herbs have been grouped together under their therapeutic actions and indications. These lists are of course not exhaustive and may be expanded with time. They do, however, include the actions and indications on which most authors seem to agree on. Information about the herbs has come from accepted textbooks and published articles.

Edition 5 will be published later in 2020.

Online version

I am not sure of the future of this online version of the Phytotherapy Desk Reference. It already contains more data than will be published in the book. Perhaps it will be an ongoing complimentary resource.


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Help me improve the monographs

You can use the form at the end of each monograph to submit your suggestions.

I am also thinking about helping students (and practitioners) get a better sense of the key actions of herb where there are numerous actions listed by have an additional field listing just a few actions as: Primary actions.