Phytotherapy: An Introduction to Herbal Medicine

Charles C. Falzon*, Anna Balabanova

*Corresponding author for this work

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Herbal medications are commonly used in all medical settings, making it essential for primary care providers to learn about the products being used and resources they can access for continuing education. Understanding how herbal medicines are sourced, processed, and standardized can help providers guide patients who are trying to choose the most clinically effective and affordable treatments. Multiple herbs are often combined and sold as proprietary blends, which can increase the risk of allergies, adverse reactions, or cross-reactivity with other pharmaceuticals and supplements. Several textbooks, online point-of-care resources, and conferences are available for primary care providers to expand their knowledge of herbal medicines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-227
Number of pages11
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • Herbal medicine
  • Integrative medicine
  • Phytotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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