Materia medica

Handbook of Medicinal Plants

Author: 
Zohara Yaniv and Uriel Bachrach, editors
Publisher: 
Food Products Press
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
1-560-22995-0

paper, 500 p., $59.95

Within the last three decades, there has been an explosion of interest in medicinal plants as scientists have sought to find new cures for chronic diseases that have shown resistance to synthetic drugs. Biologists Zohara Yaniv and Uriel Backrach have collected studies in the field of medicinal plants and created a comprehensive summary of the history and future of plant research. Their purpose is to encourage further research and public understanding of this complex, intriguing subject.

Volume: 
8
Number: 
6

The Herbalist’s Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines

Author: 
Nancy and Michael Phillips
Publisher: 
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
1–931–49876–8

paper, 334 p., $30.00

The perspective of The Herbalist’s Way is grounded in ancient traditions in which the natural world, not the pharmacy or hospital, was the source of healing. This perspective focuses on the use of herbs to promote health on an ongoing basis rather than taking medicines when a problem occurs. The authors, practicing community herbalists in northern New Hampshire, offer their experience and knowledge to would-be herbalists in this book.

Volume: 
8
Number: 
4

Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Modern Edition of a Classic Sixteenth-Century Manual

Author: 
Shizhen Li
Publisher: 
Dover
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
0–486–42801–x

paper, 508 p., $21.95

This Materia Medica was originally published in 1578 and was a compendium developed for 26 years. It includes descriptions of 1,892 species of drugs in addition to 8,160 prescriptions for various ailments. Drs. Porter Smith and Stuart used Li Shizhen’s work as a base from which they developed a translation of the herbal.

Volume: 
6
Number: 
5

The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth

Author: 
Stephen Harrod Buhner
Publisher: 
Chelsea Green
Publication Date: 
2002
ISBN: 
1–890–13288–8

paper, 325 p., $19.95

Most of us are generally aware of how we are polluting the environment, but the massive use of drugs is a pollution issue that has not been addressed in depth. In his book The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth, Stephen Harrod Buhner explains how medicines prescribed for others are excreted through human waste and ingested by the whole population. According to the author, if we learned about the healing qualities of plants, this dangerous cycle of destroying ecosystems could be reversed.

Volume: 
6
Number: 
1

A Pompeian Herbal

Author: 
Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski
Publisher: 
Austin: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: 
1999
ISBN: 
0-292-74060-3

paper, 112 p., $17.95

A treasure that will be enjoyed by all lovers of culinary and herbal plants, this book focuses on the herbal survivors of the ancient eruption of Vesuvius, studied by this urbane archeologist and botanist. Precise, charming drawings and authoritative references to classical authors combine to produce a small masterpiece that will appeal to a wide audience. Some of these ancient plants are today's trendy greens, like purslane and Diplotaxis tenuifolia, the wild rucola, which has displaced arugula in the kitchens of many fine chefs. Truly impressive.

Volume: 
2
Number: 
2
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