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Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs

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Contents About the Author Contributors Foreword Acknowledgments Part I: Introductory Material Chapter 1. Introduction: Why Herbs? An Archetypal Scene Facts and Figures Drug Design About This Book Herbs, Active Ingredients, Botanicals, and Phytomedicines Helpful Hints Safety How About Homeopathy? A Word About Wildcrafting Disclaimer Chapter 2. Regulation of Botanicals in the United States Introduction Herbs As Foods The Birth of DSHEA DSHEA Explained DSHEA Five Years Later: Herbs on the Rise The Future of Herbs in America Chapter 3. Research Methodology: Probability, Statistics, and Psychometric Tests Employed in Herbal Medicine Studies Introduction Validity and Reliability of Measures General Psychological Measures Measures of Behavior and Cognitive Functioning Diagnostic Classifications Research Design Animal Studies Conclusions Part II: Psychiatric Conditions and Herbs Employed in Their Treatment Chapter 4. Depression St. John's Wort: Hypericum perforatum (ital) L. Hypericaceae or Clusiaceae (Previously Guttifereae) 5-Hydroxytryptophan: Griffonia simplicifolia (ital) (Vahl ex DC.) Baill. Fabaceae (Caesalpiniaceae) Licorice: Glycyrrhiza glabra (ital) L. Fabaceae Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) Chapter 5. Insomnia Valerian: Valeriana officinalis (ital) L. Valerianaceae Passion Flower: Passiflora incarnata (ital) L. Passifloraceae German Chamomile: Matricaria recutita (ital) L. Asteraceae Roman (English) Chamomile: Chamaemelum nobile (ital) (L.) Allioni Asteraceae California Poppy: Eschscholzia californica (ital) Cham. Papaveraceae Hops: Humulus lupulus (ital) L. Cannabinaceae Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis (ital) L. Lamiaceae Linden: Tilia (ital) ssp. Tiliaceae Scullcap: Scutellaria lateriflora (ital) L. Lamiaceae Oats: Avena sativa (ital) L. Poaceae Chapter 6. Dementia and Cognitive Impairment Ginkgo: Ginkgo biloba (ital) L. Ginkgoaceae Gotu Kola: Centella asiatica (ital) (L.) Urban Apiaceae Huperzine: Huperzia serrata (ital) (Thunb.) Trev. Lycopodiaceae Chapter 7. Anxiety Kava-Kava: Piper methysticum (ital) Forest. f. Piperaceae Chapter 8. Adaptogens Chinese Ginseng: Panax ginseng (ital) C. A. Meyer Araliaceae American Ginseng: Panax quinquefoluis (ital) L. Araliaceae Eleuthero: Eleutherococcus senticosus (ital) Ruprecht et Maximowica Araliaceae Chapter 9. Miscellaneous Herbal Psychotropic Agents Damiana: Turnera diffusa (ital) Willdenow Turneraceae Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Cannabis: A Breed Apart Part III: Clinical Case Studies Case Study 1. Episodic Use of Kava Case Study 2. Case of Dementia Treated with Ginkgo biloba (ital) Case Study 3. Head Injury Treated with Ginkgo Case Study 4. Head Injury Treated with Ginkgo Case Study 5. Treatment of Varied Symptoms with 5-HTP Case Study 6. Dementia Treated with Ginkgo Case Study 7. Treatment with a Variety of Herbal Agents Case Study 8. Managing Mania and Obsessive-Complusive Disorder Case Study 9. Cases of Treatment with Ginkgo and Kava Afterword Glossary Bibliography Index Reference Notes Included

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