British Herbal Compendium Volume 2


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A handbook of scientific information on widely used plant drugs

ISBN 0-903032-12-0


Published in 2006

This new volume of the Compendium, written by Peter Bradley, is the most ambitious work ever published by the BHMA. In a concise and readable style the monographs summarize and review the evidence base for many important phytomedicines, providing up-to-date information of interest to everyone in the field.

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At a time of wide public interest in herbal medicines, the need has never been greater for up-to-date summaries of the available scientific knowledge on medicinal plants. This authoritative text will be invaluable to all involved in research, manufacture, supply or control of herbal medicines and to practitioners and students of phytotherapy. Based primarily on published research and broadly following the concise format of Volume 1, but in greater depth, each monograph has sections on constituents (with structure diagrams), pharmacology and clinical studies together with therapeutics, safety data and regulatory status. References to worldwide scientific literature form a key part of the text and over 3000 full citations are included. The monograph on Echinacea (12 pages; 73 references, 3 tables of clinical studies) covers all the species and plant parts used therapeutically, differentiates their constituents in separate subsections and collectively reviews all the randomized placebo-controlled studies published up to 2005.

What others have said about this book:

Phytomedicine 2008; 15: 312
“It is one of the best-researched and well-documented references on the why’s and how’s for the use of herbal medicine/dietary supplements as alternative therapy in primary health care”. “Of particular usefulness are the clinical studies and therapeutic sections….” “In summary, this reviewer recommends the addition of this book to health science libraries, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, researchers and students, as well as pharmacies/pharmacists, and other health practitioners”. Harry H.S. Fong, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Pharmaceutical Journal 2007; 279: 77
“Clinical studies…..are discussed in a way that makes evaluating the evidence as easy as possible” “it is the clarity and ease of navigation which makes this book stand out from other books on herbal medicines” Professor Elizabeth Williamson, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2006; 107: 470-1
“provides a state-of-the-art, critical review of the botanical drugs included.…an important addition to the library of anyone with a genuine interest in any aspect of medicinal plant research”. Professor Michael Heinrich, Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, University of London

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT) 2007; 12: 65
“a comprehensive resource of the most important plant-based drugs…well laid out, easily accessible…gives key facts in a succinct style” “I can recommend this book to anyone with an interest in herbal medicine” Max H Pittler, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth

American Herb Association Quarterly  2008; 23 (1): 8
“It was worth the wait for such a complete volume….one of the most accessible technical references to herbal science”. Kathi Keville, Director, American Herb Association, Nevada City, California

Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism 2006; 18: 122
“An essential inclusion in your clinical reference material” Adelaine Browne

List of monographs in the BRITISH HERBAL COMPENDIUM Volume 2

  • Agnus Castus Vitex agnus-castus, fruits
  • Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria / procera, flowering tops
  • Ammoniacum Dorema ammoniacum, gum-resin
  • Angelica Root Angelica archangelica, rhizomes and roots
  • Aniseed Pimpinella anisum, cremocarps
  • Arnica Flower Arnica montana, flower-heads
  • Artichoke Leaf Cynara scolymus, leaves
  • Ascophyllum Ascophyllum nodosum, thalli
  • Barberry Bark Berberis vulgaris, stem-bark or root-bark
  • Bayberry Bark Myrica cerifera, root-bark
  • Birch Leaf Betula pendula / pubescens, leaves
  • Black Haw Bark Viburnum prunifolium, stem-bark
  • Black Horehound Ballota nigra, flowering tops
  • Boldo Leaf Peumus boldus, leaves
  • Broom Top Cytisus scoparius, flowering tops
  • Calamus Acorus calamus, rhizomes
  • Calendula Flower Calendula officinalis, flowers
  • Capsicum Capsicum annuum / frutescens, fruits
  • Caraway Fruit Carum carvi, mericarps
  • Cardamom Fruit Elettaria cardamomum, fruits
  • Cassia Bark Cinnamomum cassia, bark
  • Centaury Centaurium erythraea, flowering aerial parts
  • Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum, bark
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum, flower buds
  • Coriander Coriandrum sativum, cremocarps
  • Couch Grass Rhizome Agropyron repens, rhizomes
  • Cranesbill Herb / Root Geranium maculatum, aerial parts / rhizomes
  • Echinacea Echinacea species, rhizomes and roots / aerial parts / pressed juice
  • Eucalyptus Leaf Eucalyptus globulus, leaves
  • Fennel Foeniculum vulgare, cremocarps and mericarps
  • Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum, seeds
  • Galangal Alpinia officinarum, rhizomes
  • Ginkgo Leaf Ginkgo biloba, leaves
  • Goldenrod European Solidago virgaurea, flowering aerial parts
  • Grindelia Grindelia camporum / squarrosa / robusta / humilis, flowering tops
  • Hamamelis Bark Hamamelis virginiana, bark from stems and branches
  • Hamamelis Leaf Hamamelis virginiana, leaves
  • Hamamelis Water Hamamelis virginiana, distillate from dormant twigs
  • Hawthorn Berry Crataegus monogyna / laevigata, ripe false fruits
  • Hawthorn Leaf and Flower Crataegus monogyna / laevigata, flower-bearing tips
  • Heartsease Viola tricolor, flowering aerial parts
  • Horse-chestnut Seed Aesculus hippocastanum, seeds
  • Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens, rhizomes and roots
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis, leaves and flowering tops
  • Iceland Moss Cetraria islandica, thalli
  • Irish Moss Chondrus crispus, thalli
  • Java Tea Orthosiphon stamineus, leaves and tops
  • Juniper Juniperus communis, ripe cone berries
  • Kava-Kava Piper methysticum, rhizome
  • Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla vulgaris, flowering aerial parts
  • Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis, flowering aerial parts
  • Lovage Root Levisticum officinale, rhizomes and roots
  • Marshmallow Leaf Althaea officinalis, leaves
  • Maté Ilex paraguariensis, leaves
  • Melilot Melilotus officinalis, aerial parts
  • Melissa Leaf Melissa officinalis, leaves
  • Milk Thistle Fruit Silybum marianum, mature fruits
  • Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris, leaves and flowering tops
  • Mullein Verbascum thapsus / densiflorum / phlomoides, flowers / leaves
  • Nettle Root Urtica dioica, rhizomes and roots
  • Oak Bark Quercus robur / petraea / pubescens, bark from young branches
  • Parsley Root Petroselinum crispum, roots
  • Pilewort Herb / Root Ranunculus ficaria, flowering aerial parts / tuberous roots
  • Poke Root Phytolacca americana, roots
  • Pumpkin Seed Cucurbita pepo (certain cultivars), seeds
  • Queen’s Delight Stillingia sylvatica, roots
  • Raspberry Leaf Rubus idaeus, leaves
  • Rosemary Leaf Rosmarinus officinalis, leaves
  • Sage Leaf Salvia officinalis, leaves
  • Saw Palmetto Fruit Serenoa repens, ripe fruits
  • Shepherd’s Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris, aerial parts
  • Skullcap Scutellaria lateriflora / galericulata, flowering aerial parts
  • St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum, flowering tops
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris / zygis, leaves and flowers
  • Vervain Verbena officinalis, flowering aerial parts
  • Violet Leaf / Flower Viola odorata, leaves / flowers
  • White Deadnettle Lamium album, flowering aerial parts
  • Wild Thyme Thymus serpyllum / pulegioides, flowering aerial parts
  • Wild Yam Dioscorea villosa, rhizomes and roots
  • Wormwood Artemisia absinthium, basal leaves and/or flowering tops

Additional information

Weight 1.45 kg
Dimensions 26 × 18 × 3 cm