cloth, 188 pp., $44.95
In contrast to allopathic (Western) medicine, which uses drugs and chemicals in the treatment of patients, botanical medicine is based on the direct use of plants to deal with illness and to maintain a patient's health. Despite the long history of their use for many ailments, botanical medicines have been based on traditional usage through trial and error methods, not on scientific study. A highly respected educator in the field of pharmaceuticals, author Antoine Al-Achi analyzes these gifts of nature, explaining the most recent research and scientific evidence on their efficacy in the treatment of major diseases. He points out the misuse and dangers of some herbals, cautioning that the purity of some may be compromised with fatal results. Providing an introduction to the field of botanical medicine, this publication is highly recommended to all interested in dietary supplements, as well as patients considering complementary and alternative medicines to conventional drugs.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden