Chemistry/Biology 491 "Pharmacognosy and How Drugs
American Society of Pharmacognosy
Cancer Institute Laboratory of Drug Discovery and Development
National Center for Natural
The American Botanical Council,
from the American Botanical Council on Echinacea,
Wort and Hawthorn.
Healthcare Reality Check-
a healthy dose of skepticism in case you get caught up in anecdotal evidence!
Herbs for Health-
a generally authoritative review of the evidence of many popular
a good historical anthropological source of info
The US Pharmacopea: A must
reference guide to see whether a given botanical substance is currently
recognized as effective in well-designed human trials. A great search engine.
See for example the positive report on Saw Palmetteo and the negative report
on Valerian. Generally reliable reviews of clinical data in easily digestible
mongraphs. I would try here first!
A Medical Terminology
Dictionary. You'll need this if you ever hope to understand whether
you should be insulted if accused of "intermittent
Individual Pharmacognosy Articles of Interest
Bioflavonoids Cause Cancer?-See this article in The Scientist.
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Placebo Effect- A placebo is not "nothing". A very good introduction
into this important aspect of therapeutic action of drugs and evidence
of efficacy. This article is from The Scientist ,so again,
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Herbal Remedy for Malaria- This article in Science explores
the use of the Chinese herb Artemisia annua as a malaria remedy.
of Nutraceuticals. This article in Science examines who is (and
is not) keeping an eye on the supplement market.
Trees as a Source of Anticancer Drugs.
John's Wort Set for clinical trials in US. A description of an ongoing
study in The Scientist
Herbs- A NEJM article on the tragedy of Aristolochia
, a Chinese herb that has led to cancer in Belgiasn women. Ample
proof of an important point: natural does not equal safe.