Featuring 350 full-color photographs, botanical drawings, and maps, this accessible, fact-filled book is based on the work of renowned botanical experts and presents alphabetically arranged, beautifully illustrated entries for hundreds of plants touted for thousands of years to soothe and even heal.
Each is clearly described, with full details of its physical appearance and medicinal uses; its origins and geographic distribution, how it's harvested and used in conventional and alternative medicine, a range map; and more.
Fascinating cultural and scientific histories trace their origins in ancient folklore and follow them through the ages to their surprising role today as possible cures for colds and other illnesses.
416 pages, 350 color photos, botanical drawings, and range maps
Comments about Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine - Hardcover:
Book is dated 2006. Since then research into natural medicinal plants has continued at a fast pace. Probably a thorough review is a good idea and would renew interest in this very useful reference book. Especially I miss listings of very important plants like Moringa oleifera, Agave intermixta or antellarum, Cissus sicyoides, and Aloe arborescens (in addition to the very useful description of Aloe vera = barbadensis), all very useful in strengthening the immune system, preventing and even fighting if not curing different types of cancer.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend