The most accessible and clinically relevant
online resource for herbal medicine

The Phytotherapy Desk Reference is both a printed book and an online database.

Web Application

Access the desk reference on your computer, tablet or mobile.

Clinically relevant research summaries.


All commonly used Western,Ayurvedic, TCM and NZ medicinal plants.

250 herbal medicine monographs.

Special section on standardised (branded) extracts.

Research based

Search 1400 Herb-Drug and Nutrient-Drug interactions.

Search the index of over 5000 clinical studies and reviews.

Clinically relevant research summaries.

Continuous Professional Development

Ensuring you stay informed and save time.

Improve your herbal medicine prescriptions.

Qualifies for CPD points.

Printed book

The Phytotherapy Desk Reference is a hugely popular reference text for working herbalists with over 16,000 copies sold. It has been designed as a reliable desk reference for the busy herbalist/phytotherapist. It contains short, precise descriptions of over 230 of most commonly used herbs.

The intention is to provide practitioners with a limited number of reliable therapeutic actions with some reliable indications for each herb and with the information organised in such a way as to be a valuable clinical tool.

The short monographs also provide the main active constituents, the qualities of the herbs, known drug interactions and any caution or contraindications as well as the recommended dosage for liquid extracts.

As a quick reference index, the herbs have been grouped together under their therapeutic actions and indications. These lists are of course not exhaustive and may be expanded with time. They do, however, include the actions and indications on which most authors seem to agree on. Information about the herbs has come from accepted textbooks (see bibliography) and other published material.

Phytotherapy Desk Reference 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-646-82443-7 Soft-cover, spiral bound. 200 pages. 233 Monographs.

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Continuously Updated

The app is continuously updated with research information including clinical trials, new uses of old favourites, and information about drug interactions.

Recent additions and updates

There are now two research tabs under a particular herbal medicine monograph.

One tab is called Clinical Research Summary. We have now completed the research summary for every single herb in the database (over 250 herbs).

The summary is a great place to start. It will provide you with a detailed summary of the indications and the research to support the use.

The other tab is called Clinical Trials & Reviews. Under this tab you will find the most salient clinical trials and reviews for the herb.

This is a great resource when you want to quickly see what research has been done for a particular disorder. So far we have added over 5000 clinical studies and reviews.

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Access short, precise descriptions of over 250 of most commonly used herbs in Western herbal medicine and key herbs from the Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as important medicinal plants from New Zealand/Māori Aotearoa.

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