The first edition of AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook (BSH), a reference book on herbal safety produced by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), was published in 1997.
After more than five years of research by a distinguished Expert Advisory Council, led by editors Zoe Gardner of the University of Massachusetts and Michael McGuffin, president of AHPA, a fully expanded and revised edition, published in print and mobile-optimized digital versions, was published by AHPA in the first half of 2013.
AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition provides access to the accurate, evidence-based, and clinically relevant information that is essential to anyone who uses or recommends herbal products. This completely revised and expanded edition reviews both traditional knowledge and contemporary research on herbs to provide an authoritative resource on botanical safety. The Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition 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
The book is a valuable reference for product manufacturers, healthcare practitioners, regulatory agencies, researchers, and consumers of herbal products.
The print version is published by CRC Press in a hardcover format and contains 1,042 pages.
Features exclusive to the digital version
The digital version of the Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition features:
Accessible from and optimized for your computer or your mobile device
Regular content updates and revisions
Instant access to hundreds of listings of botanical safety information (with Internet access)
Searchable by keywords, chapter, or botanical listing
The digital version of the AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition is offered as a one-year subscription and is renewable on an annual basis.
For more information and to purchase AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition, visit the AHPA online bookstore.