The two volumes examine 39 monographic entries with information on the best known medicinal plants and natural substances, from those most frequently used in popular medicine to those most commonly employed in scientific medicine.
Particular attention has been paid to ensuring the most recent clinical evidence in the phytotherapeutic field has been assembled, and that the bibliography that accompanies the Guide is as up-to-date as possible. Any possible developments such as interactions, toxicity or side-effects caused by the use of medicinal plants are included.
The two books provide an up-to-date, rational and easily consultable guide. They are indispensable to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of phytotherapy or acquire understanding in the safe and effective use of medicinal plants and food supplements. The subjects discussed are:
- traditional uses
- modern clinical evidence
- active mechanisms
- unwanted effects
- pharmacological interactions.
- Elisabetta Boncompagni, a lecturer in Pharmacognosis at the Università degli Studi in Perugia. Scientific coordinator of the International Master’s degree course in Phytotherapy, Level 2, instituted by the Università degli Studi in Cagliari and the Università Complutense in Madrid. She has written many articles and scientific papers on phytotherapy. She is a curator and supervisor of training events for doctors and pharmacists accredited by the Italian Ministry of Health
- Erika Bianchi, a graduate in Biological Sciences at the Università degli Studi in Perugia, she then specialised in Clinical Biochemistry at the Università degli Studi in L’Aquila. She has undertaken research in the field of cellular and molecular biology at the Institutes of Haematology, Internal Medicine and Oncological Sciences and Gastroenterology at Perugia University. She currently directs a laboratory of cellular and molecular biology
- Corrado Giua, a lecturer in Phytotherapeutic Preparations at the Università degli Studi in Cagliari. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the International Master’s degree course in Phytotherapy, Level 2, instituted by the Università degli Studi in Cagliari and the Università Complutense in Madrid. He specialises in toxicology and is a member of several scientific boards in the phytotherapeutic field. He has curated numerous advanced training events for doctors and pharmacists accredited by the Italian Ministry of Health.