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Herbal Remedies (Eyewitness Companions)

Author: chevallier-andrew
Book title: Herbal Remedies (Eyewitness Companions)
ISBN: 1405312823
ISBN13: 978-1405312820
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (2007)
Language: English
Category: Alternative Medicine
Rating: 4.6/5
Votes: 615
Pages: 288 pages
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"For anyone interested in medicinal plants and how to use them at home, "Eyewitness Companions" offer an essential reference library, perfect for novices or anyone who just wants to know more about their favourite pastime." - Heyday. Discover everything you want to know about herbal medicine from one of the leading figures in the field, Dr Andrew Chevallier. From Aloe Vera to Zea Mays, know your plants using the easy-to-follow A-Z profiling 140 of the most popular. Find out plants active properties, which parts are used and their current uses. Pick up the basics, from using remedies safely, to quality control and which herbal preparations to use and why. Follow step-by-step instructions for making simple herbal preparations such as a tea, decoction or tincture at home, so you can self-treat over 50 common ailments from insomnia to athlete's foot. Start reading and start treating.
Reviews: (7)
Eyewitness Companions has a long list of publications. And this is one that will probably interest many readers. The focus? The title says it all: "Herbal Remedies." I am somewhat skeptical about all the claims made for herbal medicine. On the other hand, I also know that there are some research findings suggestive of real value for some herbs.

Use of herbs to address ills of one sort or another goes way back in time. And such natural medicine is widespread in many parts of the world. The purpose of the book: ". . .'Herbal Remedies' aims to provide you with the essential information to answer [a series of basic questions], to choose safe and appropriate herbal remedies, and to put them to good use."

The book is divided into several chapters--Chapter 1 addresses what herbal medicine is; Chapter two focuses on how to use herbal remedies; the third chapter explores safety and quality; Chapter 4 may be the heart of the book, an A--Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) to Z--Zingiber officinalis (Ginger). The final chapter outlines which herbs go with what maladies (e.g., for a migraine, try Feverfew, Butterbur, or Lavender).

For me, the heart of the book is the enumeration of herbal palliatives. A few examples to illustrate. . . . The miracle of garlic! For medicinal use, the clove is the part used. The clove has several medicinal effects--antibiotic, blood-thinner, antifungal, counters cough and respiratory ailments, decreased blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and nurtures useful intestinal flora. Dosage? One clove a day. Caution: if already taking blood thinners, take garlic only on the advice of an herbal or medical practitioner. The book also notes that there is a fair amount of research testifying to the utility of garlic treatments.

Lavender. Parts used include essential oil, flower, and leaves. It acts as an analgesic, an antidepressant, antiseptic, and sedative, among others. It appears to have some value against headaches. Key information: it is quite safe, it has long been traditionally used as a medicine, and there is some evidence that it might have positive medical benefits.

Sarsaparilla. The root is used. It may serve as an anti-inflammatory agent. Other possible impacts? Anti-rheumatic, detoxicant, diuretic, and tonic. It is fairly safe (4 of 5 stars), used pretty widely traditionally (4 of 5 stars), and open to question as far as efficacy (only 2 of 5 stars).

All in all, an enjoyable volume, and one that suggests how herbal remedies might address a variety of ailments that we all suffer from at one point or another. Especially nice is that the book provides some assessment as to how well research supports the claims for each herb.
Anyone who is interested in herbs should get this compact book. It's a great resource to have on hand when working with plants.

The book starts off with some general information on herbal medicine and its preparation. Then it gives exact details on about 140 plants, each accompanied by full colored pictures and details of their therapeutic properties. At the end of the book there is a long chapter on common health problems, and the suggested herbs to use for treatment.

Even though some of the herb listings are a little brief, it's a great starter book and gives you a good overview of the most common herbs.
I absolutely love that the book offers side effects and interactions. This book is the best book I have come across regarding herbal remedies. It does not make them appear to be some sort of miracle cure and is honest about the research behind each herbal remedy.
This is a wonderful book on learning about old fashioned herbal remedies. The pictures are great, and the wealth of information on what each herb is useful for is so helpful. I learned about lavender oil helping migraines and being an antispasmodic, so I tried it and was overjoyed to find that it really helped my headaches and spastic colon. It also has helpful sections dealing with using herbal remedies, as well as safety and quality. I bought a copy for my daughter-in-law, and she loves it.
Nothing wrong with the product itself... my 3 star rating was mostly based on the usefulness of the book. Although, informative it lacks step by step on creating tonics, ointments and such with the plants themselves. I wouldn't pay more than $5 for it.
this book has lots of details and better pictures of the weeds/herbs to help identify when picking
Beautiful pictures makes it easier to identify plants
A really nice used book in great shape looks new. Good reference book. For visuals.
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