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Dr. Martin publishes botanical medicine guidebook for clinicians

by Jul 27, 2023

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Brett R. Martin DC, MPH, MSAc, Professor at NUHS Florida-site, recently released a new book titled, Botanical Medicine: An Evidence-Based Clinical Reference Guide.

The book is targeted at beginner and advanced healthcare professionals interested in using botanicals in a clinical setting. It provides an in-depth discussion of the top ten most commonly used botanicals: avocados, cat’s claw, cayenne, devil’s claw, frankincense, peppermint, pine bark, pineapple/bromelain, stinging nettle, and turmeric.    

Dr. Martin wrote the book after doing some research and discovering several gaps in literature regarding botanicals and how they can be used safely and effectively. The book also covers contraindications, drug-herb interactions, and if the herbs can be used during pregnancy or lactation, or for children. 

“As I started to collect information, I found it very helpful in practice,” Dr. Martin said. “I thought that this may be something that is useful to students and other practitioners.” 

 Dr. Martin first started writing and doing research for the book in 2020. He has been teaching botanical medicine for over a decade. He also teaches biochemistry, nutritional biochemistry, and the 100-Hour Acupuncture certification program at the National University Florida-site. 

“I think this book is unique because I take a deep dive into 10 of the most frequently used herbs,” he said. “Most texts on herbs discuss several different herbs, but not with a lot of detail. This book should help practitioners and students feel confident in using these particular herbs especially as it pertains to drug-herb interactions.”

Botanical Medicine: An Evidence-Based Clinical Reference Guide is available for purchase on Amazon. 

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