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Herbal Supplements and the Brain Understanding Their Health Benefits and Hazards

ISBN-10: 0132824973

ISBN-13: 9780132824972

Edition: 2012 (Revised)

Authors: S. J. Enna, Stata Norton

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Today, many manufacturers of plant-based "neuroceuticals" claim their products can offer powerful benefits in brain function. However, the US government does not require these manufacturers to demonstrate their products’ effectiveness, leaving it difficult for consumers and health professionals to make decisions about the benefits and risks. InThePharmacology of Herbal Dietary Supplements, two leading researchers provide this crucial information in clear language any intelligent reader can understand and use. They begin by introducing the fundamental principles of pharmacology, explaining how drugs and natural products can affect the body’s organs and organ systems. Using examples, they show how to determine whether an ingested substance can enter the bloodstream and reach its target at a concentration sufficient to have an effect. They also explain how natural products may influence blood levels of other substances, and discuss whether such interactions may diminish the effectiveness of prescription medications or alter normal body chemistry. Throughout, the authors emphasize factors relating especially to neuroceuticals and the brain. Individual chapters are devoted to nutritional supplements which promise to enhance memory, relieve pain, safely promote sleep, and aid in the treatment of depression or anxiety. Specifically, readers will find research-based coverage of Ginkgo biloba; St. John’s Wort; Valerian; Lemon Balm; Kava; Lavender; Kudzu, Daffodil, Passion Flower, and Camellia Tea and other caffeinated beverages.
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 5/4/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
The Gifts of Eden
Transforming Plants into Gold
Prehistoric Evidence
Early Documentation
Western Culture
Alchemy
Chemistry
Thinking Like a Pharmacologist
The Origins of Pharmacology
Pharmacodynamics
Pharmacokinetics
In Vitro and In Vivo Studies
Pharmacology and Herbal Supplements
Herbal Supplement Pharmacology Checklist
The Brain as a Drug Target
The Human Brain
Chemical Neurotransmission
Neurotransmitter Systems
Behavioral Assays
Clinical Studies
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Kava (Piper methysticum)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Kudzu (Pueraria lobata)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa
Botany
Therapeutic Uses
Constituents
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics
Adverse Effects
Pharmacological Perspective
Epilogue
Endnotes
Index