Synopses & Reviews
With more than 300 photos, this new edition shows how to identify more than 500 healing plants. Descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found, as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics, symbols next to plant descriptions, and organization of plants by colors all make this an essential guide to understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants around us. At a time when interest in herbs and natural medicine has never been higher, the second edition of this essential guide shows how to identify more than five hundred kinds of healing plants. More than three hundred new color photos illustrate their flowers, leaves, and fruits. The updated descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics is helpful for quickly locating information on specific ailments, from asthma and headaches to colds and stomachaches. Symbols next to plant descriptions give readers a quick visual alert to plants that are poisonous or may cause allergic reactions. Organized by plant color for fast identification, this guide is an indispensable tool for understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants and herbs around us.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 362-364) and indexes.
About the Author
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.With more than 40 years of experience in the herbal field, Steven Foster is author, co-author, and photographer of seventeen books. He lives in Eureka Springs Arkansas, in the heart of the medicinal plant-rich Ozarks.With more thanandnbsp;six decades of experience as a botanist, andandnbsp;three decades in medical botany James A. Duke is the author of more than 20 books. Heandnbsp;lives in Fulton, Maryland, surrounded by some 300 medicinal plants.
Table of Contents
Preface v Acknowledgments xi How to Use This Book 1 General Organization 1 Identifying Plants 2 Medicinal Uses 5 Conservation and Harvesting 7 A Word of Caution 10 White or Whitish Flowers 15 Yellow Flowers 99 Orange Flowers 151 Pink to Red Flowers 155 Violet to Blue Flowers 189 Green Flowers 228 Shrubs 254 Trees 289 Woody Vines 333 Ferns 342 Grasses and Grasslike Plants 350
Glossary 357 References 362 Life List 365 Index to Plants 377 Index to Medical Topics 396