The plant group Echinacea (common name, purple coneflower) is known as a non-specific stimulant to the immune system. A native of this continent, it was highly valued in Native American medicine, where it had more applications than any other plant. Today, research shows clear scientific reasons for its effectiveness. Foster, a widely respected herbalist, provides both a contemporary and historical look at this important herb and its healing properties, and makes a plea for conserving and protecting it in the wild.A portion of the author's proceeds will go to support Echinacea conservation efforts at the Ozark Beneficial Plant Project in Brixey, Missouri.
Today many people are looking into herbal therapy as a natural form of illness management. But of the thousands of plants on earth, which can be used safely? What dosages are correct? What illnesses can be helped with herbs? What about interactions with prescription medicines? Here a practicing clinical pharmacist provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference, arranged alphabetically by ailment.
Revela el uso de la percepci n directa en la comprensi n de la naturaleza, las plantas medicinales, y la sanaci n de las enfermedades humanas- Explora las t cnicas utilizadas por los pueblos abor genes y occidentales para aprender directamente de las propias plantas, incluidas las t cnicas de Henry David Thoreau, Goethe, y Masanobu Fukuoka, autor de The One Straw Revolution La revoluci n de una brizna de paja] Todos los pueblos antiguos y abor genes afirman que sus conocimientos sobre remedios bot nicos provienen de las propias plantas y no de la experimentaci n a trav s de pruebas y errores. El autor Stephen Harrod Buhner explora minuciosamente esta modalidad de cognici n hol stica basada en el coraz n a trav s de la obra de Luther Burbank, quien cultiv la mayor a de las plantas alimenticias que ahora consumimos sin pensar en su procedencia, y del gran poeta y cient fico alem n Goethe. Los lectores obtendr n los medios necesarios para recopilar informaci n directamente del coraz n de la naturaleza, aprender los usos medicinales de las plantas diagnosticar enfermedades, y comprender el proceso de creaci n de alma que se engendra mediante esa profunda conexi n con el mundo.
The first complete guide to natural healing properties and uses of the prickly pear cactus- Examines the scientific research promoting the cactus as a natural diabetes and cholesterol medication as well as its use in the treatment of obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, and viral infections - Explores the healing uses of prickly pears from the perspective of doctor, chemist, ethnobotanist, cook, and layman - Includes 24 cactus recipes--from Prickly Pear Bread to Cactus Candy The prickly pear cactus--a plant that has the distinction of being a vegetable, fruit, and flower all in one--is destined to be the next big herbal superstar, following in the footsteps of St. John's wort and Echinacea, according to author Ran Knishinsky. One of the driving forces behind its popularity is that each part of this plant functions as both food and medicine. It has been a staple in the diets of the people of the southwestern portion of the United States, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Africa, and Central and South America for hundreds of years. Traditionally, the prickly pear cactus has been used as a panacea for over 100 different ailments. More recently, it has been the subject of blood cholesterol research trials sponsored by the American Heart Association. In addition to the results of this research, Knishinsky includes scientific studies on the antiviral properties of the cactus to treat herpes, influenza, and HIV, as well as its use in treating obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and skin ailments. A resource section details the natural food companies that supply prickly pear cactus and a chapter of recipes offers 24 traditional and modern dishes using the pads and fruit of the cactus.
Garlic has been renowned for centuries as a healing food. Now current scientific and clinical research is showing garlic to be an effective preventive against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and bacterial and fungal infections. Stephen Fulder and John Blackwood investigate the latest research on garlic, explaining how it works and how to get the most benefit from it. They discuss garlic preparations and dosages, and evaluate the products currently on the market. Detailing the history and lore of garlic from its earliest known use in ancient Egypt to its modern revival, Garlic is the complete guide to this remarkable natural medicine.
Updated edition of the bestseller.
Learn to identify nearly 300 North American flowers and plants believed to have some therapeutic value. The fact-packed text is filled with scientific information, historical background, and myths and legends about medicinal plants.
In Medicine Quest, Mark Plotkin goes beyond Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, his critically acclaimed exploration of the Amazonian jungles that has become a classic of its genre. He transports readers from freezing Arctic wastes to twilit ocean depths to burning jungles, where the race is on to find new medicines for intractable diseases like AIDS, cancer, and diabetes. It is a quest powered by the desperation of the ill and the compassion of those who would cure them.
Plotkin highlights discoveries that are already producing stunning leads in the laboratory: painkillers from the skin of rainforest frogs, anticoagulants from leech saliva, and antitumor agents from snake venom. This entertaining weave of medicine, ecology, ethnobotany, history, exploration, and adventure will thrill scientists, naturalists, adventurers, and the exploding number of Americans who spend $10 billion a year on medicine in their thirst for nature's healing secrets.
This unique two-part discussion of foxglove--the herb from which digitalis is derived--features a facsimile of William Withering's classic "An Account of Foxglove and Some of its Medical Uses," complete with explanatory notes interpreting this eighteenth century text for the modern reader. The second part of the book, written by J.K. Aronson, co-author of the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Pharmacology, includes an introduction to the botany and pharmacology of foxgloves, their therapeutic uses before Withering, a short biography of Withering, an account of 18th century medical practices, and finally a review of the uses of digitalis in modern medicine.