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Posted February 2013
Principles of Practice and Phytotherapy
Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy

Second edition A core must-have textbook

Kerry Bone MCPP, FNHAA, FNIMH, DipPhyto, BSC(Hons), Head of Research and Development, MediHerb Pty Ltd, Warwick Queensland, Principal Australian College of Phytotherapy, Australia and Simon Mills MCPP, FNIMH, MA, Director, Centre for Complementary Health Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

The first edition of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy published in 2000 was the first authoritative, comprehensive modern textbook for western herbal medicine, covering all the major aspects of the field from fundamental concepts, traditional use and scientific research through to safety, effective dosage and clinical applications. It became the central textbook for students of phytotherapy in many English-speaking countries and was widely used by natural therapists, researchers, and professionals in the manufacturing industry from Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and beyond.

Now the long-awaited second edition brings a complete revision of the material in the first, with 50 fully up-to-date evidence-based monographs including 7 new herbs. Written by herbal practitioners with active experience in clinical practice, education, manufacturing and research, the textbook is both practical and evidence based.


  • Extensive revision of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of archetypal herbal constituents (Chapter 2) including a comprehensive, updated discussion of important fundamental concepts such as the role of secondary metabolites, synergy and additive effects, polyvalent or multifaceted activity and herbs as pharmacologically “intelligent” mixtures.
  • A comprehensive revision of vital safety data, including an extensive herbdrug interaction chart, evaluated from the perspective of experienced herbal clinicians, which informs the reader in a user-friendly fashion of the key safety issues relevant to herbal practice and helps them to differentiate between the false scares and the real concerns.
  • Despite its strong scientific focus, the book does not neglect the philosophical/ traditional foundations of western herbal therapy, with an extensive discussion of these important grounding considerations in Chapters 1 and 3 and elsewhere throughout the dosage and therapeutic chapters and the herbal monographs. In particular, the approach of using herbs to correct internal dysfunction as well as focussing on symptoms is emphasised.
  • Chapter 8 includes major rewrites of topics including the role of herbs in malignant diseases (with a review of the recent clinical evidence) and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, with a focus on new information and hypotheses.
  • Chapter 9 includes new sections on the herbal management of skin and endocrine diseases together with updated herbal protocols informed by the latest research into the aetiology and treatment of most common health disorders. Important new topics such as metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders, gout, erectile dysfunction and even herbs for healthy longevity are included. Worked case histories and example formulations are used to illustrate the phytotherapeutic approach.
  • Fifty herbal monographs exhaustively researched and compiled include vital research information that is difficult to find elsewhere. The relevant literature has been rigorously reviewed using evidence-based criteria. New herbs covered include gotu kola, willow bark, bugleweed, butcher’s broom, Boswellia, myrrh and Tribulus. The already extensive pharmacology, clinical trial and safety data have been comprehensively updated, reviewing all the relevant primary publications.

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Posted July 2012
A Clinical Materia Medica: 120 Herbs in Western Use
A Clinical Materia Medica: 120 Herbs in Western Use

By Jeremy Ross.

This is the second book in Jeremy Ross’ comprehensive series which focuses on combining Western herbs and Chinese medicine.

Beginning his journey in botanical sciences in the 1970’s, Jeremy has for the past 20 years been devoting his skills to the topic of combining Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine and working on the seamless integration of three paradigms; Western herbal tradition, Chinese medicine and modern pharmacological and clinical research.

This text is a clinical materia medica that focuses on 120 herbs and is designed for quick access to a wealth of information including: Western use, traditional Chinese use, comparison with similar herbs, constituents and pharmacology, dosage and dispensing, and contraindications.

At the heart of each herb chapter is a clear and useful table that brings together Chinese actions, Western actions, Western uses and examples of herb pairs (the basic unit of herb combination) for specific disorders.

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Introduction to Integrative Oncology
Introduction to Integrative Oncology
Herbs, compounds and supplements in the treatment of cancer

Author: Daniel Weber, PhD, M.Sc.
First Published:
October 2009

‘Introduction to Integrative Oncology’ presents herbs, compounds and supplements, which have research and proven clinical application to support patients in cancer recovery. Many cancer patients seek out complementary treatments, by some estimates up to 80%. In many cases the solutions are either ineffective or dangerous. This Introduction to Integrative Oncology book looks only at those complementary medicines, which have research to show their efficacy as well as their application in treatment.

Daniel Weber gives a comprehensive background to orthodox Western scientific understanding of cancer biology. Studies of CAM in cancer treatment are also described in detail with both positive and negative reports clearly catalogued. The book tables a comprehensive annotated listing of CAM methods and medicinals from both ‘Western’ and Chinese practice for use both with cancer, chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as for Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy side effects.

What practitioners have said about this book
In this book, Daniel presents a significant contribution to the use of TCM and CAM in cancer management. It is a book every integrative practitioner would want in his or her reference library”.
Dr. Hilton Lowe, MBBS/MD

Chinese herbal medicine has a long history of use in oncology. Over the last 50 years it has been successfully integrated into Western oncology protocols in many hospitals and Universities in China. Daniel Weber’s research and translation of much of this literature brings important information to Western practitioners, both orthodox and complementary”.
Daniel Deng, B.TCM, Ma. Acu, O.M.D., MAACMA

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Herbs and Natural Supplements – An evidence-based guide

Third Edition: Lesley Braun, Marc Cohen

This very popular text now in its third edition presents current, evidence-based information on the 130 most popular herbs, nutrients and food supplements used across Australia and New Zealand. Organised alphabetically by common name, each herb or nutrient listed includes information such as daily intake, main actions/indications, adverse reactions, contraindications and precautions and safety in pregnancy. New features include chapters on pregnancy and wellness and 10 additional monographs (Arginine, Dunaliella, Elde, Goji, Pelargonium, Prebiotics, Red Yeast Rice, Rhodioloa, Shatavari and Taurine).


  • All chapters updated and expanded.
  • User-friendly and organised by monographs, making information easy to find.
  • Appendices offer important additional information for the safe use of herbal and nutritional supplements, including a list of poison centres, associations, manufacturers.
  • Clear and comprehensive tables including herb/natural supplement – drug interactions and pharmacological actions of all herbs and natural supplements listed.
  • Now also available as an e-book – a code inside the text enables a full text download so you can browse and search electronically, make notes and bookmarks in the electronic files, and highlight material. Code and full installation notes inside


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Materia Medica for Western Herbs

This volume is based on the original Materia Medica of Western Herbs for the Southern Hemisphere by Carole Fisher and Gillian Painter and has been expanded and updated to include botanical, scientific, pharmacy and safety information. It is designed for worldwide use and contains detailed monographs of 180 medicinal herbs.

Features include:

  • Appendices to help students understand pharmacological and medicinal actions
  • Glossary listing the known actions of common constituents
  • A table of interactions and
  • A comprehensive therapeutic index.

This textbook is valuable not only for students and practitioners of herbal medicine but is also of use to any health provider who wishes to know more about how and why herbs work and the safety issues related to them.

Allmedic Books is the exclusive Australian distributor of this popular text.

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Contemporary Gynecology: An Integrated Chinese-Western Approach

In this new text from Dr Lifang Liang, practitioners will find the latest information from both Western and Chinese medicine on most major gynecological diseases. Throughout the book Dr Liang presents Chinese medical treatments to use either alone or with Western medical therapies.

Dr Lifang Liang, O.M.D., Ph.D, L.Ac received her M.D from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, where she studied both Western and Chinese Medicine. She later moved to the United States to conduct research on in vitro fertilization at the University of Texas and went on to earn her Ph.D in the treatment of infertility using a combination of Chinese and Western medicine.

With 35 years of clinical experience, Dr Liang now works closely with infertility specialists and Obstetrics/Gynecologist physicians to treat infertility and gynecological conditions by integrating Chinese and Western medicine. Currently, she teaches in the Doctoral Program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

'Contemporary Gynecology: An Integrated Chinese-Western Approach' follows Dr Liang's first highly-acclaimed book 'Acupuncture & IVF: Increase IVF Success By 40-60%'.

RRP $75; CHINA BOOKS Special Price $63.75 plus postage.

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Medicinal Plants in Australia Volume 1: Bush Pharmacy

By Cheryll Williams, $69.95.

The first of four volumes. Volume 2: Gums, Resins, Tannin and Essential Oils will be published in October 2010. Volumes 3 and 4 will be publishing in 2011.

This is a book designed to enhance our appreciation of the medicinal history of Australia’s flora, its unique contributions to everyday life, and its extraordinary future potential.

Cheryll Williams has over 25 years of clinical experience in herbal and nutritional medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture. She holds a diploma in Herbal Medicine and post-graduate diploma in Nutritional Medicine, two diplomas in Homoeopathy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Acupuncture. She has previously published a series of articles on medicinal plants in Australian Wellbeing magazine, and is currently working with Wildlife Rescue in the tropical rainforest.

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Kampo: A Clinical Guide to Theory and Practice

By Otsuka KEISETSU, now available for the special price of $64.60.

The Japanese form of herbal medicine is easily overlooked in the West due to a lack of sufficient translations and it is encouraging to see this information is now starting to filter down to us with more books such as this being translated  into English.

It might be time to broaden our model to encompass this unique form of herbal medicine which developed independently from that of China.  This is a fresh perspective  with different influences that is still deeply rooted in  the two classics of 'Discussion on Cold Damage' and 'Essentials from the Golden Cabinet'.

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Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health

New Release - The lates must-have text for your clinic.

  • The most comprehensive text in the field.
  • Expert author Aviva Romm combines her experience as a midwife, herbalist and now a medical doctor, for a fully integrated approach to medical and herbal interventions.
  • The specialised focus on women’s health and herbal medicine provides the detailed information you need for treating women at any stage of life.
  • Over 30 expert contributors, including Australian practitioners, with a combination of practical experience as clinicians and teachers provide a unique, clinically-based perspective.

Aviva Romm (ed) CPM, RH (AHG), President, American Herbalists Guild, Executive Editor, Journal of the America Herbalists Guild

This long-anticipated text, with a foreword by Simon Mills, lives up to all expectations. Aviva Romm has assembled contributions by leading herbalists including Amanda McQuade Crawford, David Hoffmann, Christopher Hobbs, Isla Burgess, Linda Ryan and Australian practitioners Ruth Trickey and Angela Hywood. The book covers the health care and treatment of women according to the changes and conditions that occur within the context of major life cycles. After first exploring key fundamental concepts in a comprehensive manner, it continues with detailed discussions of puberty, menarche, gynaecological and menstrual health, fertility, the childbearing cycle and finishes with the menopausal years. A key feature is the patient teaching guides, such as how to perform breast self-examination or effectively do pelvic floor exercise.

Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions

The most up-to-date and clinically relevant work in the field

Mitchell Bebel Stargrove ND, LAc, Founder/Developer, IBIS: The Integrative BodyMind Information System; President, Resources Unlimited, Inc., Beaverton, OR, USA; Jonathan Treasure MA, MNIMH, RH (AHG), MCPP, Centre for Natural Healing, Ashland, OR, USA; and Dwight L. McKee MD, Diplomate, American Boards of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Aptos, CA, USA

Detailed and evidence-based, this comprehensive guide presents interactions between drugs and herbs, drugs and nutrients, and selected herbs and nutrients, including foods and dietary factors. The material looks in detail at the mechanisms of interaction and assesses the research available. Extensive references are also provided on the accompanying CD, and key references are annotated with a descriptive summary of the research and conclusions. Each herb and nutrient monograph features summary tables and concise, practical suggestions that provide quick and easy reference and complement the systematic review and in-depth analysis.

The Ultimate Herbal Compendium

A Desktop Guide for Herbal Practitioners

The most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date desktop herbal prescribing reference

Kerry Bone BSc(Hons), Dip Phyto, FNIMH, FNHAA, MCPP

The Ultimate Herbal Compendium is a reliable ready reference designed for the busy health practitioner. It contains up-to-date, easily-found information on a wide range of herbs and conditions, including doses for herbs in tablet form as well as liquids. Careful research of all the available herbal information, combined with Kerry Bone’s many years of clinical practice, ensures that all valid herbal treatment options can be considered.

ANTA Book Review - Healthy Children
Healthy Children: Optimising children’s health with herbs

Healthy Children has been written with the special needs of children in mind. The benefits, risks and requirements for herbal therapy in children diff er from those in adults. This book outlines the key principles that govern herbal practice for this special patient group. A well-researched text, written by Rob Santich and Kerry Bone who together have almost 50 years of clinical practice, this book provides a comprehensive treatise on the common health problems encountered by children. Sound, practical information based on clinical experience as well as evidence-based research, provides a balanced and authoritative approach to children’s health.

Tel: 07 4661 9653
Fax: 07 4667 0107

Rob Santich & Kerry Bone - The first of the new “Phytotherapy Essentials” series
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