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The scope of this pathfinder is drawn from the definition of Botanical Medicine:

“Botanical medicine is a vital component of the healing arts that draws on the accumulated and developing knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants in the prevention and treatment of disease. Botanical medicine includes medical herbalism, a healing art that relies on the synergistic and curative properties of plants to treat symptoms and disease and maintain health, and pharmocognosy, the study of natural products. Botanical medicine is an important component of numerous traditional medical systems and therapies, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic medicine, naturopathy, indigenous and shamanic medicine, homeopathy, flower essence therapy, and aromatherapy.”
Source: The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p284. *


Botany, Medical
Herbs--Therapeutic use
Medicine, Herbal
Medical herbalism
Botanical medicine


QK 99 : Botany (Medicinal Plants)
RM : Pharmacology and therapeutics
RZ : Other systems of medicine
580 : Plants
615 : Pharmacology and therapeutics


A comprehensive introduction to the topic can be found in:

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p284-289.
An e-book from Gale Virtual Reference Library (*


1000 cures for over 200 ailments : five ways to cure common illnesses : conventional, homeopathic, traditional Chinese, herbal and naturopathic medicine. Singapore: Reader's Digest Asia Pte Ltd, 2007.

>> 616.024 O58 2007 Non-Fiction

De Guzman-Ladion, Hermina. Healing wonders of herbs : guide to the effective use of medicinal plants. Manila : Philippine Pub. House, 1985.  
De Padua, Ludivina S. Handbook on Philippine medicinal plants. Los Baños: University of the Philippines, 1977.
Guidebook on the proper use of medicinal plants. Taguig: National Science and Technology Authority, 1982.
Leung, Albert Y. Chinese herbal remedies. New york: universe Books, 1984.
Moore, Arden. Herbs that heal : natural medicine at its best. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press, 1999.  
Onaylos, Irma Noel. Plants that you know but really don't : home remedies from 110 Philippine medicinal plants. Cubao, Quezon City: Published & exclusively distributed by Great Books, 1994.  
Philippine National Formulary : medicinal plants. Taguig : National Science and Technology Authority, 1982.
Polunin, Miriam. and Christopher Robbins. The Natural Pharmacy. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1992.
Quisumbing, Eduardo. Medicinal plants in the Philippines. Quezon City, katha pub., 1977.
Sas, A.C. Plants and health. Manila: Eastern Pub., 1984.
Tan, Michael L. Philippine medicinal plants in common use : their phytochemistry and pharmacology. Quezon City: AKAP Research, 1981.




Henriette's Herbal Homepage

Includes FAQs and links to resources about the medical use of herbs.
Christopher Hobbs - Herbal Website 
Contains articles on individual herbs and actions, short descriptions of herbs and remedies for common symptoms.
North American Institute of Medical Herbalism 
Includes varied materials, from discussion boards to journals to listings of relevant sites and articles.
The Herb Research Foundation (HRF) 
A well-respected organization keeps on the forefront of the herbal medicine by promoting accurate studies and supporting professionals in the field. 
American Herbalists Guild Home Page
“A non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants.”


Academic Source Complete *

Select Academic Source Complete from EBSCOHOST Database. Search specific journals by adding the keywords JN with the name of the journal enclosed in quotation marks. Example: [ JN "Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy" medicinal plants ]

Includes full-text articles and citations from journals such as:

Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy

Journal of Agromedicine


Includes full-text articles and citations from journals such as:

International Journal of Plant Sciences


Gale Virtual Reference Library *

A library of reference materials in e-book format such as:
Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry. William J. Lennarz and M. Daniel Lane, eds. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2004. 
The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Jacqueline L. Longe, ed. 2nded. Detroit: Gale, 2005.


Journals/Magazines in the Library

Discovery Channel Magazine
Scientific American


Vertical Files

Topic on: Herbal medicine


Online (Open Access Journals)

Medical Herbalism: A Journal for Clinical Practitioner


Journal of Medicinal Plants Research
International Journal of Phytomedicine
International Journal of Green Pharmacy 


CIPPA (Local Periodicals Index): *


NOTE: * On- campus access

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