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National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs

The world's most effective healing plants

  • Auteur: Tieraona Low Dog(Author), Rebecca L Johnson(Author), Steven Foster(Illustrator), David Kiefer(Author), Andrew Weil(Foreword By)
  • Engels
  • 384 pages
  • 320 colour photos and colour illustrations
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • ISBN: 9781426207006
  • Hardback
  • Apr 2012
  • Prijs: 30,79
  • Meer informatie bij de uitgever

For anyone who reaches for a bottle of herbal capsules and wonders what's really inside, here is an authoritative, beautiful, useful, and readable book highlighting the world's most important healing herbs and how they address ailments in all body systems, from brain to bones, sinus to stomach. Got a headache? Sip chamomile. Indigestion? Chew fresh ginger. Can't sleep? Sip catnip tea. From head to toe, with every body system in between, National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs showcases the world's 72 most effective healing plants, describing their botany and medicinal uses, together with how-to advice and medical cautions.

A group of four authors pool their expertise – botany, medicine, history, science – and, body system by body system, highlight which are the most effective herbal remedies currently available and how to use them. Many of them are plants you already know, and all are on sale as capsules, tablets, or tinctures at the pharmacy, supermarket, or health food store. From rosemary and gingko to Echinacea and astragalus, discover time-honoured healing practices and learn what science tells us about how they work. For the curious consumer, the herb and health food devotee and those seeking how-to advice backed up with scientific information about natural healing and herbal remedies.

Each chapter begins with an overview of how plants can bring health to that part of the body, with stories about traditional herbal remedies from around the world and current scientific findings on herbal remedies for specific illnesses. Then each chapter highlights nine plants, combining botanical and medical information--therapeutic uses, effectiveness, preparations, cautions, and advice, including a round-up of current science about the active ingredients in the plant. Every chapter includes a photo gallery showing how one of its herbs is cultivated and processed commercially--the story behind the contents of that bottle you buy in the store. Special features include Over the Kitchen Counter --quick and easy ways to use herbs in your everyday life, and time lines for every herb, showing how today's use of herbal remedies collects wisdom from the centuries and around the world. A functional appendix includes an illustrated index to all the plants in the book, an ailment-by-ailment therapeutic index, a glossary, and an index.

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., is a recognized media expert in integrative medicine – combining traditional and world healing methods with sciencebased Western medicine – and a practicing physician with a background as herbalist and midwife. Low Dog addresses thousands of people each year. She was appointed by Pres. Clinton to the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and served for 10 years as chair of the U.S. Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Committee. She maintains a clinical practice and teaches on the faculty of Andrew Weil's Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She received the Martina de la Cruz medal for work with indigenous medicines in 1998; Time magazine identified her as the 2001 "Innovator in Complementary and Alternative Medicine."

Beoordeling: Dit grote boek beschrijft niet alleen planten, maar ook hun rol in de geschiedenis, hun effect op ieder menselijk systeeem, en nog veel meer, Het is daarom een rijk bezit,


  • Chapter one
    Mental Health and the Nervous System
    • Butterbur = Groot hoefblad
    • Feverfew = Moederkruid
    • Hops = Hop
    • Kava Lemon Palm = Kava Citroenmelisse
    • Passionflower = Passiebloem
      • Passionflower Harvest = oogst Passiebloem
    • Skullcap = Blauw glidkruid
    • St. John's Wort = Sint-Janskruid
    • Valerian = Valeriaan
  • Chapter two
    Respiratory System
    • Astrogalus = Wilde hokjespeul
    • Echinacea = Rode zonnehoed
      • Echinacea Harvest = oogst Echinacea
    • Elder = Vlier
    • Eucalyptus = Eucalyptus globulus = Blauwe gomboom
    • Licorice = Zoethout
    • Mullein = Koningskaars
    • Pelargonium = Geranium
    • Sage = Salvia
    • Thyme = Tijm
  • Chapter three
    Heart and Circulaion
    • Bilberry = Blauwe bosbes
    • Cacao, Chocolate = Cacao
    • Cinnamon = Kaneel
    • Ginkgo = Ginkgo
    • Grapew, Grape Seed = Druivenpit
    • Hawthorn = Meidoorn
    • Hibiscus = Hibiscus
    • Horse Chestnut = Paardenkastanje
    • Tea = Thee
      • Tea Harvest = oogst Thee
  • Chapter four
    Digestive System
    • Chamomille = Kamille
    • Fennel = Venkel
    • Garlic = Knoflook
      • Garlic Harvest = oogst Knoflook
    • Ginger = Gember
    • Goldenseal = Canadese geelwortel
    • Milk Thistle = Mariadistel
    • Peppermint = Pepermunt
    • Psyllium = Vlozaad
    • Slippery Elm = Gladde iep
    • Turmeric = Kurkuma
  • Chapter five
    Joints, Muscles and Skin
    • Aloe = Aloe
      • Aloe Harvest = oogst Aloe
    • Arnica = Valkruid, Wolverlei
    • Calendula = Goudsbloem
    • Cat's Claw = Katten klauw
    • Cayenne = Chilipeper
    • Comfrey = Smeerwortel
    • Devil's Claw = Duivels klauw
    • Rosemary = Rozemarijn
    • Tea Tree = Theeboom
    • Willow Bark = Wilgenschors
    • Witch Hazel = Toverhazelaar
  • Chapter six
    Urinary and Men Health
    • Juniper = Jeneverbes
    • Parsley = Peterselie
    • Pomegranata = Granaatsppel
    • Pygeum = Zaagbladpalm
    • Saw Palmetto = Zaagpalm
      • Saw Palmetto Harvest = oogst Zaagpalm
    • Stinging Nettle = Brandnetel
    • Tomato = Tomaat
    • Uva ursi = Berendruif
  • Chapter seven
    Female Health
    • Black Cohosh = Zilverkaars
    • Black Haw = Zwarte haagdoorn
    • Chaste Tree = Monnikspeper
    • Cranberry = Grote veenbes
      • Cranberry Harvest = oogst Grote veenbes
    • Dong Quat = Dong Quat
    • Raspberry Leaf = Framboenblad
    • Shatavari = Shatavari
    • Soy = Soja
  • Chapter eight
    Wellness and Perception
    • Ashwagandha = Ashwagandha
    • Bacopa = Bacopa
    • Ginseng = Ginseng
      • Ginseng Harvest = oogst van Ginseng
    • Goji = Goji
    • Gotu Kola = Gotu Kola
    • Rhodiola = Rozenwortel
    • Schisandra = Schisandra
    • Stevia = Stevia
  • Appendix
    Indexes and Addittional Information
    • Index of Therapeutic Uses
    • Contributors
    • Glossary
    • Plant Index
    • General Indexx

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