Synopses & Reviews
A practical guide to the healing properties of herbs, with more than 250 remedies for common ailments. Here is the first fully illustrated practical guide to the healing properties of herbs. Offering a beautiful photographic survey of more than 120 medicinal herbs with important therapeutic properties and a section on their historical uses, The Complete Medicinal Herbal is a must for every home book shelve. All the parts of the plants that can be used medicinally are shown, from fresh flower petals or leaves to the root, bark, and juice. Each entry details the plant's chemical constituents, its actions, and its therapeutic applications -- from exotic ma huang, used in China to treat asthma for 5,000 years, to humble cabbage, which has been effective against stomach ulcers in clinical tests. A special how-to section explains the preparation of herbal remedies. There are more than 250 safe treatments to help alleviate common complaints -- from ordinary coughs, colds, and headaches to special treatments for skin conditions, digestive problems, and children's illnesses -- even detailed lists of herbs for the elderly.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 185) and index.
About the Author
Penelope Ody is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in the U.K. She studied chemistry at Bristol University and worked in journalism for several years before studying herbal medicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Sussex. She continued her studies at the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou, China. She practices as a professional medical herbalist in England and writes regularly on herbal topics for Here's Health magazine and other specialized publications. She has edited The Herb Society's magazine, Herbs, since 1988.
Table of Contents
Herbs past & present -- A-Z of medicinal herbs -- Herbal remedies -- Home remedies -- Other medicinal herbs -- Consulting an herbalist.