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Herbal supplements and the brain : understanding their health benefits and hazards

Author: S J Enna; Stata Norton
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : FT Press, ©2012.
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Many manufacturers of herbal supplements claim their products can improve brain function. However, the U.S. government does not require proof of these claims. Now, writing in plain English, two leading pharmacologists bring together all the scientific information you need to decide for yourself. Using clear examples, the authors explain how drugs and natural products can affect the body, how to determine whether any  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S J Enna; Stata Norton
ISBN: 9780132824972 0132824973
OCLC Number: 777615257
Description: xviii, 251 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The gifts of Eden --
2. Transforming plants into gold : Prehistoric evidence ; Early documentation ; Western culture ; Alchemy ; Chemistry --
3. Thinking like a pharmacologist : The origins of pharmacology ; Pharmacodynamics ; Pharmacokinetics ; In vitro and in vivo studies ; Pharmacology and herbal supplements ; Herbal supplement pharmacology checklist --
4. The brain as a drug target : The human brain ; Chemical neurotransmission ; Neurotransmitter systems ; Behavioral assays ; Clinical studies --
5. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
6. St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
7. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
8. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
9. Kava (Piper methysticum) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
10. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
11. Kudzu (Pueraria lobata) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
12. Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
13. Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
14. Coffee, tea, and cocoa : Botany ; Therapeutic uses ; Constituents ; Pharmacokinetics ; Pharmacodynamics ; Adverse effects ; Pharmacological perspective --
15. Epilogue.
Responsibility: S.J. Enna, Stata Norton.

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Many manufacturers of herbal supplements claim their products can improve brain function. However, the U.S. government does not require proof of these claims. Now, writing in plain English, two leading pharmacologists bring together all the scientific information you need to decide for yourself. Using clear examples, the authors explain how drugs and natural products can affect the body, how to determine whether any ingested substance is likely to have an effect, and how natural products might change the way prescription medications work. Next, they address specific herbal supplements which promise to enhance memory, relieve pain, promote sleep, and treat depression or anxiety. You will find the latest research about Ginkgo biloba, St. John's wort, valerian, lemon balm, kava, lavender, kudzu, daffodil, passion flower, and caffeinated beverages. If you use any of these products, you need this information.--From publisher description.

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