This course is a complimentary part for previous
courses of pharmacology, phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy. It gives a basic
idea about treatment using medicinal plants or what is known as Phytotherapy.
It includes: definition of Phytotherapy, terminology; historical background,
available dosage forms in the market, toxicity, precautions, regulation and
legislation. Scientific evidence ascertaining some remedies or practices used
in Phytotherapy is also discussed, in addition herb-herb interaction and
herb-drug interactions. All of those relationships are highlighted by
introducing different clinical cases introduced to pharmacist with patient
seeking for advice about the herbal medicinal; their efficacy, toxicity,
precaution, and interaction with other herb or conventional drugs.