Medical Botany
Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
Mycelium Running
How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
Paperback      ISBN: 1580085792
Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That's right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you'll find out how.

The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called "mycelium"--the fruit of which are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium's digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening).

In this comprehensive guide, you'll find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined "mycorestoration," as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for bemushroomed generations to come.
Garlic: Nature's Original Remedy
Nature's Original Remedy
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817259

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.

Las Enseñanzas Secretas de Las Plantas: La Inteligencia del Corazón En La Percepción Directa de la Naturaleza
Las Enseñanzas Secretas de Las Plantas
La Inteligencia del Corazón En La Percepción Directa de la Naturaleza
Spanish    Paperback      ISBN: 1594774145

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.
Echinacea: Nature's Immune Enhancer
Nature's Immune Enhancer
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813865

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.
Healing with the Herbs of Life: Hundreds of Herbal Remedies, Therapies, and Preparations
Healing with the Herbs of Life
Hundreds of Herbal Remedies, Therapies, and Preparations
Paperback      ISBN: 1580911471

If you have been daunted by complicated, esoteric herbal books in the past, Healing with the Herbs of Life offers clear and concise explanations of how and why herbs heal. It also provides step-by-step instructions for creating your own herbal remedies, therapeutic approaches you can use at home, and easy-to-follow guidelines for gathering, preparing, purchasing, and storing herbs. Previously published as The Herbs of Life, this completely revised and updated edition synthesizes the great herbal traditions of China and India with Western herbology to form a new kind of planetary herbal.
- Features a new chapter on treating specific conditions, expanded chapters in Materia Medica and the energy of food, and revised chapters on living with the seasons and home therapies
- With new information on herbal safety and drug/herb interactions.
- The previous edition, The Herbs of Life, sold 45,000 copies.

Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System
Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine
Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System
Paperback      ISBN: 0892811498

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.
Medicinal Herbal Therapy: A Pharmacist's Viewpoint
Medicinal Herbal Therapy
A Pharmacist's Viewpoint
Paperback      ISBN: 0963707760

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.

Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets
Medicine Quest
In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670869376

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.

An Account of the Foxglove and Its Medical Uses 1785-1985
An Account of the Foxglove and Its Medical Uses 1785-1985
Hardcover      ISBN: 0192615017

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.

Alaska's Wilderness Medicines: Healthful Plants of the Far North
Alaska's Wilderness Medicines
Healthful Plants of the Far North
Hardcover      ISBN: 0882405985

This guide to Alaskan wild plants, native and introduced, can be used to promote health and healing, use for emergency first-aid care, or to maintain wellness. More than fifty plant species are described with information on habitat and distribution as well as general information on how each one can be used as medicine. This natural history of some of Alaska's medicinal plants is not intended to serve the purpose of a self-care manual of medicine. Dr. Eleanor G. Viereck presents useful and fascinating information about trees, flowers, and shrubs accompanied by accurately rendered line drawing of the vegetation.

Dr. Viereck tells where to find each plant. She also discusses plant collecting in general and how to brew healthful herb teas. An illustrated glossary, cross-references t therapeutic uses of specific plants, and a thorough biblioraphy completes this valuable contribution to plant lore.