Today, many people are using self-prescribed over-the-counter medicines and supplements without the advise or knowledge of their physician or pharmacist. This reference book has all the information needed for personal choices and for professional health care workers counselling their clients. It contains background information on natural medicines, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, and glandular extracts. Alphabetical listings are by the common, rather than Latin, name so specific substances are easy to locate. Over 80 different health conditions are listed ranging from acne to ulcer, from epilepsy and diabetes to hypertention and osteoporosis. Under each condition are life style recommendations and a "decision tree" to guide health care workers before a natural supplement is considered. Page numbers are given for each substance listed for cross-reference. The last section of the book provides charts and lists that include a quick reference for herbs (dosage, reported uses, comlimentary, adverse, and interactive drug effects); a nutraceutical chart (same info as above); a homeopathic reference for common complaints; vitamins and minerals chart(RDA, uses, food sources, deficiency symptoms, toxicity); a drug-induced nutrient depletions chart; cancer chemotherapy considerations; herbal medicine in pediatrics; an unsafe herbs list; pregnacy considerations; and organ system support using natural products. This book is an excellent source of information on natural products in an easy-to-use format.