Addresses more than 150 single herbs as well as foods, vitamins, antioxidants, algae, and natural anti-inflammatoriesDiscusses herb-drug and food-drug interactions and examines adverse effects on a molecular levelIncludes more than 200 new figures and diagrams to demonstrate the physiological mechanism of these substances in the body and on disease Includes new data from recent studies and clinical trialsAnswers What The Ancients Couldn't!5000 years ago Sheng Nung personally ingested or applied 365 different herbs and reported their functions and effects in history's first classic of herbal medicine. He found that ginger settled nausea, licorice eased abdominal spasms, and cinnamon warmed the muscles and expelled cold. His patients took his advice, their conditions improved, and that was enough. Beyond the terms of Taoist philosophy, no one ever asked him "why?"Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine, Second Edition does what Sheng Nung was never asked to do-explain why. Continuing in the tradition of the acclaimed first edition, Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine, Second Edition examines in extensive detail the physiologic effects of complimentary and alternative therapies, foods, supplements, vitamins, and traditional herbal remedies. The author considers the site, mode, and mechanism of action to explain the desired and adverse effects and interactions of each herb, drug, and food in an encyclopedic volume. Today's QuestionsDevoting entire chapters to the most influential herbal remedies, the text either endorses or debunks popular conceptions with pure scientific data. The author provides answers to today's naturopathic questions by paying particular attention to the chronic diseases engendered by obesity, as well as Alzheimer's, cancer, imbalances of neurotransmitters such as Parkinson's, and depression. The Latest ResearchIncorporating current research on the devastating role of chronic systemic inflammation and the cumulative effect of poor oxygen metabolism and free radicals on changes in mitochondrial DNA, enzyme activity, and accelerations in the aging process, the text bridges the gap between ancient remedies and modern knowledge.Effective TreatmentDeconstructing the molecular mystery that is the interaction among herbal properties, physiology, and disease, Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine, Second Edition opens the door to successful herbal treatment.