Phytotherapy Desk Reference 5th Edition
This book has been designed as a reliable desk reference for the busy herbalist/phytotherapist. It contains short, precise descriptions of over 236 of most commonly used herbs in Australia and New Zealand
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 (see bibliography) and other published material.
About the author
Michael Thomsen, MSc, N.D., D.B.M.
Originally from Denmark, Michael completed studies in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine in Sydney graduating in 1986. Michael has worked in private practice as a herbalist, and for over ten years has worked as a consultant to the herbal medicine industry both in Australia and overseas. He has extensive industry experience as past technical information manager of leading herbal medicine companies in Australia. Michael is Director of HerbResearch, an international herbal medicine research company with extensive experience in the selection, validation and supply of herbal medicines.