Volume Two of Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants has now been published by WHO and includes an additional collection of 30 monographs to complement those of Volume 1. The monographs provide scientific information on the safety, efficacy and quality aspects of widely used medicinal plants. Their purpose is to facilitate appropriate use and provide model information to assist national authorities in developing monographs or formularies for herbal medicines.
A detailed botanical description is provided of each medicinal plant and crude drug. Active chemical constituents and information on geographical distribution are given to assist with quality assurance and a selection of vernacular names from individual countries is included to assist identification. A description of the clinical applications of the plant material follows with pharmacological information, contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse reactions and dosage. A cumulative index is also included.
As a comprehensive scientific reference, the monographs are intended to promote international harmonization and facilitate exchange of information on herbals. They will also be useful as a valuable scientific reference for physicians, practioners, pharmacists, manufacturers, research scientists, and the general public.
WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants is available from: email@example.com or Distribution, Sales and Marketing, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. ISBN 92 4 154537 2