Published October 2007
Dr Lakshman Karalliedde and Dr Indika Gawarammana
'For the protection of the public it should be on the shelf of every GP,
herbal practitioner, pharmacist, toxicologist, anaesthetist and public
The part played by traditional medicines in our health care continues to increase year on year. Used for many centuries, they have the reputation of being gentler, less invasive, and more 'natural' than modern western prescription medicines. However, for individuals seeking care that includes traditional medicines there are in fact many risks. While the toxic profiles of western medicines have been precisely and extensively documented and publicised, the harmful effects of traditional medicines taken on their own, or often in combination with western medicines, are not well enough known to ensure safe use.
In this highly structured compendium, Drs Karalliedde, Shaw and Gawarammana bring together what is currently known and has been scientifically validated regarding traditional medicines from around the world. Covering Chinese, Afro-Caribbean, Unani and Ayurvedic traditional medicines, this book describes the sources of these medicines, their known effects and sideeffects, recommended dosages, interactions, and, very importantly, precautions.
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