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HerbBase:  Detailed information 

1.  What is HerbBase?

bulletA modern, state-of-the art, fully editable and expandable database for herbal medicine (phytotherapy)
bulletEnter data easily from a variety of sources
bulletInstantly rearrange and redisplay data in ways useful for prescribing, reference and learning — a process that using any other (even computerized!) method would be both laborious and prohibitively time-consuming.  See below for examples.
bulletInitially, HerbBase contains data on just a few herbs.  From there you can:
bulletPurchase data directly from Dynamic Array (at very reasonable rates: click here for further information; you can also edit purchased data in any way you wish).  And/or you can
bulletenter data yourself on herbs from any source:
bulletfrom books and other printed media
bulletfrom other computer programs
bulletfrom the Internet.
bulletHerbBase makes it as easy as it can be to keep abreast of the latest information and to have it immediately available in whatever format you choose.

So, HerbBase provides you with the tools to build your own fully expandable Materia Medica database for herbs from your preferred sources, and update it easily at your convenience. Then instantly re-organise and display your data in any way to meet your current needs. So, HerbBase provides you with the tools to build your own fully expandable Materia Medica database for herbs from your preferred sources, and update it easily at your convenience. Then instantly re-organise and display your data in any way to meet your current needs. So, HerbBase provides you with the tools to build your own fully expandable Materia Medica database for herbs from your preferred sources, and update it easily at your convenience. Then instantly re-organise and display your data in any way to meet your current needs. 

2.  Data Entry

HerbBase delivers the ultimate in both control and flexibility in data entry.

bulletyou control the sources from which you build your database.
bulletfor most fields in the database, you can choose either or both or two data entry methods:
bulletin lists or
bulletin free-text formats.  (For a complete list of the fields available for data entry, see Fields.  To view a full-sized picture of the data entry form in HerbBase, click on the thumbnails below.)
bulletwhen you've entered data for a herb, a single button-click will copy all the information to a new record:  all you have to do is provide the name of the new herb and then make any necessary modifications.   A great time-saver when entering data on related herbs!

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List-wise data entry:

bulletLets you enter abbreviated data on the qualities of herbs in a way that is convenient for quick-and-easy reference.
bulletThe use of lookup lists makes data entry both fast and dramatically reduces the possibility of typing errors. Just press the Insert key whilst in one of HerbBase’s data grids and then enter the first two or three characters of the entry you wish to make: the lookup list appears, and you’ve a 90% chance that the item you’re looking for is already highlighted! Having found the lookup item, just press Enter and the entry is pasted into the grid Click on the thumbnail below to view a full-sized picture of one of HerbBase's grids with its lookup list activated.

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bulletIf the item is not in the lookup list, finish typing it and press Enter: HerbBase will capitalize the first letter if you haven’t already done so and then not only add it to the records in the grid, but to the lookup list as well!
bulletIf you make a typing error whilst entering a lookup list item, you can correct it using HerbBase’s Setup and Maintenance form. Having done so, HerbBase will offer to automatically search all your grids and replace any incorrect entries!
bulletYou can also rate (or rank) the herbs most appropriate to
bullet(a) particular therapeutic applications and
bullet(b) actions for herbs 
bulletthis information will then be immediately available when viewing the Prescribing Information form: great for instantly finding the best herb  for the job in hand!

Free-text data entry

In the vast majority of fields, HerbBase lets you enter qualitative data at whatever level of complexity you desire, using the HerbBase Rich Text editor. This is, in effect, a sophisticated word processor, the major features of which are:

bulletFull text-formatting capabilities, including the use of color;
bulletSearch and replace;
bulletInsert and print graphics (pictures);
bulletOLE-enabled: if you have relevant data in other applications, create links to them so that when your data changes in HerbBase, so does the data in those other applications (and/or vice-versa)!
bulletURL-aware: enter the URL (address) of your favorite web site into the HerbBase Rich Text editor. Then, when you click on it, your default web browser will be started and you’ll be transported there automatically;
bulletSpell checking;
bulletAccess and update a list of references you’ve created whilst creating your Materia Medica. The ‘References’ memo can also be linked via OLE to other compatible third-party bibliographic databases
bulletActivated just by double-clicking a multi-line field or by single-clicking one of the form's buttons.

Click on the thumbnail below to see a full-sized picture of the HerbBase Rich Text Editor.

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Data entry in HerbBase is fast, flexible and powerful: all the features you want, without having to understand over-complex menu structures or learn many unnecessary commands!

3.  Data Re-organization and Display

Having entered data, you can quickly and easily rearrange and redisplay your information in ways that suit your needs of the moment using HerbBase’s Prescribing Information form. (Though designed specifically for prescribing purposes, this form will also be invaluable to the researcher and student as a "ready reference" and learning aid.)

bulletThe Prescribing Information form contains a main grid that displays information on the qualities of herbs (with related grids and memo fields)
bulletThe contents of the grid is controlled by clicking on radio buttons at the top of the form.  You can choose from:
bulletTherapeutic applications
bulletActions
bulletConstituents
bulletCommon names
bulletBotanical names
bulletHaving selected the data to display in the main grid, you can:
bulletsort its data on any field just by clicking on the buttons that form its column headings;
bulletsearch for data in the grid by entering a few characters;
bulletprint a comprehensive report on the selected item;
bulletview all your primary data on the herb with just a couple of button-clicks;
bulletview dosage and related information with a single button-click.

In this way, you can quickly answer questions such as:

bulletWhat are all the actions of herb X?; and then, with a single button-click, display the answer to the question
bulletWhat are all the herbs with action X?
bulletWhat are all the constituents of herb Y?; and then, with a single button-click, display the answer to the question
bulletWhat are all the herbs with constituent Z?

Click on the thumbnail below to view a full-sized picture of the Prescribing Information form displaying therapeutic applications data for herbs.

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With HerbBase, there’s simply never been a more simple or convenient way to view the complex relationships between types of data!

4.  Other Features

bulletExtensive and flexible reporting/printing facilities;
bulletShare data with colleagues using HerbBase's downloading and uploading capabilities;
bulletAutomated saving and backup of data;
bulletComprehensive on-line, context-sensitive help with hypergraphics;
bulletEasy to learn and use (all program features can be accessed using on-screen buttons or other components such as radio buttons:  no need to search through complex menus!).

5.  Requirements

bulletWindows 95/98/NT;
bulletIBM-compatible 486 with 8Mb RAM (Pentium with 16+ Mb RAM recommended);
bullet15 Mb hard disk space;
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Date last modified:  Wed, 16 April 2008