Alternative Medicine® Review,
Kelly Czap, Managing Editor
Thorne Research, Inc., P.O. Box 25, Dover, Idaho 83825 USA
2002, Softcover, $49.95, 488 pp.
Since its premier issue May 1996, Alternative Medicine® Review
has published original research and review articles for the complementary
health care practitioner. In June 1998 the journal was indexed on Medline,
followed with acceptance by Cindahl, Index Medicus and Embase, and its
influence continues to grow.
Another feature of this quality publication has been the monographs on many
of the nutrients and botanicals used by the practicing professional. The best
of these monographs and others never before published have now been compiled
into a desk reference titled Alternative Medicine® Review, Monographs – Volume
This attractive volume contains eight-six peer-reviewed monographs representing
a diverse array of therapeutics that include some of the best naturopathic
modalities in use. The twenty-five authors and forty editors, who are listed
in the book, are clinically experienced health practitioners from a variety
of disciplines. For this project, they have conducted a comprehensive review
of the international, technical literature to provide the latest information
available on each of the substances. Of the over eighty substances examined,
some of the nutrients and herbals may be very familiar, but some of the newer
promising compounds are included as well.
Each monograph begins with a general description and is accompanied by either
a diagram of the chemical structure or in the case of herbals, a photograph
of the living plant. There is a discussion of its active constituents, pharmacokinetics
and mechanism of action. The clinical indications are identified and the dosage
and safety information is included. In addition, there is important information
included about possible side effects, toxicity and interactions between drugs
and the botanicals or nutrients. And finally, each monograph is referenced
Such comprehensive and impartial information of so many substances in one volume
fills a void in the available literature for the practicing health professional.
It also serves as a resource for the well informed lay public. This is made
possible by superb organization of the material and exceptionally precise editing.
Monographs is well suited for quick reference when needed and careful reading
and research as well.
Where complementary practitioners may already be familiar with the active constituents
and mechanism of action of a particular substance, it is the impressive referencing
of human and animal studies that supports the information such as dosage and
interactions that is necessary for practical applications. Inclusion of the
potential interactions, contraindications and toxicity of the substances should
not only afford confidence to the practitioner, but should also assist in the
continued acceptance of alternative therapies by allaying concerns of those
seeking to integrate complementary therapies into their practices.
Monographs is an important contribution to the field of alternative medicine,
consistent with the quality work found in the publication Alternative Medicine®Review.
Those not familiar with the publication can access current and past issues
by visiting the web site http://www.thorne.com and clicking on the journal
title. Here, one can find abstracts of the previously published articles and
Through the continued growth of the journal, we can look forward to the second
volume of monographs and all volumes becoming a staple of the alternative medicine