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MEDICINAL PLANTS OF NORTH AMERICA: A FORAGER'S FIELD GUIDE
Author: Jim Meuninck
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Dec 2007
Exquisitely detailed full-color field guide, by biologist & medical plant expert Meuninck, provides air-tight id., practical info, & skills for the location of & use of medical plants. Full color t/out; 6x9 inches, 176 pgs.
This exquisitely detailed full-color field guide, by biologist and herbal and medical plant expert Jim Meuninck, provides air-tight identification, practical information, and skills for the location of and use of medical plants.
Meuninck moves the user from simple and familiar plants toward less common plants more difficult to identify. Each of the 120 plants will have a color photograph, plant description, and location. Identification of plants are grouped from common to rare in the environment and where they are found: field, pairies, woods, mountains, deserts, and wetlands.
Relevant facts about each plant such as toxicity, historical uses, modern uses, as well as clinical and pharmaceutical studies, are also listed. There is an entire chapter identifying poisonous plants, as well as a general index and an ?Indications? index for looking up an ailment and finding which plant can provide relief. Additional information included in this extraordinary field guide: explanations of how each plant affects the human body; plant chemicals used in specific treatments for diseases such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, obesity; cultural and ethnic uses of medicinal herbs and cooking spices; recipes for preparing medicines; others creatures who consume the plants; tips on making an herb garden; web site resources, and much more.
There is no field guide as all-encompassing and detailed as this one, yet it is easy to understand and very portable.