CAM EducationHerbals

A holiday gift recommendation for your friends who use herbals

Written by Drs. Charles Fetrow and Juan Avila, The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines is a detailed yet practical reference book.

There are several things I particularly like about it.

  • It’s written in clear language.
  • Side effects of the herbals are front and center.
  • Each herbal has a highlighted and succinctly written review of what the research shows.
  • The authors provide a reference list to back up their statements.
  • The index lists entries by herbal and disease (and other conditions to treat).

About the authors:

  • Charles W. Fetrow, PharmD is coordinator of pharmacokinetics, outpatient anticoagulation, and drug evaluation services at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Dr. Fetrow teaches pharmacology topics at St. Francis and at Duquesne University.
  • Juan R. Avila, PharmD, formerly an assistant professor at Shenandoah University and Duquesne University and a clinical pharmacy specialist at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, is now medical therapeutics liaison for Sanofi-Synthelabo Pharmaceuticals in New York.

You can quickly go to by using the link on the left column. And provides an extensive except from Chapter 1.

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.