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ABC to Publish New Clinical Guide to Herbal Medicines

Responding to the popularity of herbal supplements, the American Botanical Council (ABC) announces its latest in-depth reference work. The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs is a comprehensive study of the most commonly used herbs and their potential relevance to modern clinical medicine. The Guide provides a multi-dimensional, accurate, and thorough look at the current clinical research on these major medicinal herbs.

By providing the underlying science necessary to help understand the safe and effective use of herbal medicine, ABC has delivered an important resource for professionals and interested consumers and patients. It can be purchased as a resource book or used for continuing education (CE) credit. This special continuing education module will allow physicians, osteopaths, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and naturopaths to utilize the book to earn CE credit.

Mark Blumenthal, senior editor of the Guide and founder and executive director of ABC, said, “This book has been three years in the making, and is one of the most thorough and timely works of its kind. Healthcare professionals, researchers, and patients alike need to understand the latest research findings on these herbs.”

The Guide presents comprehensive therapeutic monographs that include extensive tables that summarize the clinical studies published on 29 herbs and the brands used in each study. Two-page Clinical Overviews serve as a quick reference. Its one-page Patient Information Sheets are specially designed for practitioners to distribute to patients who have questions concerning the responsible use of these herbs. Also, the Guide presents information on 15 proprietary products.

“We are responding to the requests of physicians who want evidence, studies, brands, and other related information available in both at-a-glance and in-depth formats,” Blumenthal said.

The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs is scheduled for publication during Summer 2002, and will be available for $40 plus shipping & handling directly from ABC, and from a variety of professional organizations, booksellers, and other distributors. Advance orders may be placed directly with ABC. Turn to page 8 for more details.