Herbs and Drug Interactions – There’s a Reference Book to Help You Sort Things Out

Have you used herbs or herbal supplements as part of your personal health strategy? Have you been concerned about herbs and drug interactions? There’s a reference book that can help you sort things out, regardless of whether you’re an herbalist.

A while back I heard a presentation on herbalism, and they mentioned the American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition. It deals with herbs and drug interactions, among other things. I thought I should bring it to your attention.

This is a big book–nearly 1,100 pages, covering over 500 herbs and botanicals–and it’s not inexpensive. If you’re serious about practicing herbalism, you’ll want a copy for yourself. Or if you’re part of a prepper community, your group could go in together to purchase this book for your medical library.

This revised edition has been out a while now. It’s been edited by Zoë Gardner and Michael McGuffin. Here’s How it’s described on Amazon.com.

“Access to accurate, evidence-based, and clinically relevant information is essential to anyone who uses or recommends herbal products. With input from some of the most respected experts in herbal and integrative medicine, this completely revised edition of the American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook reviews both traditional knowledge and contemporary research on herbs to provide an authoritative resource on botanical safety. The book covers more than 500 species of herbs and provides a holistic understanding of safety through data compiled from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts.

“For each species, a brief safety summary is provided for quick reference, along with a detailed review of the literature. Easily understood classification systems are used to indicate the safety of each listed species and the potential for the species to interact with drugs.

“Enhancements to the Second Edition include:

  • Classification of each herb with both a safety rating and a drug interaction rating
  • More references listed for each individual herb, vetted for accuracy
  • Specific information on adverse events reported in clinical trials or case reports
  • Safety-related pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of each herb, including drug interactions
  • Additional information on the use of herbs by pregnant or lactating women
  • Toxicological studies and data on toxic compounds

“Representing the core of the botanical trade and comprising the finest growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbal products, the mission of the AHPA is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. The American Herbal Products Association Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition ensures that this vision is attained. The book will be a valuable reference for product manufacturers, healthcare practitioners, regulatory agencies, researchers, and consumers of herbal products.”

Good health is important now as well as in stressful survival situations. Play it safe. To get more info and to order the American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition, click on its title wherever you see it in this post.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.