By Rebecca L. Johnson

Nationwide Geographic's consultant to 36 "super" herbs resembling aloe, echinacea, ginkgo, and peppermint contains a wealth of crucial info at the background, tradition, folklore, and technology of conventional and modern natural medication in all significant tradition components of the area. Emphasizing present study and healing makes use of, the amount presents an A-Z directory of 36 of the greater than 80,000 recognized medicinal crops worldwide. information regarding every one plant contains conventional and present medicinal makes use of, universal and Latin names, description, habitat, cultivation and instruction, examine, and warning signals. extra essays at the therapeutic vegetation of Africa, Australia and New Zealand, principal and South the US, China, Europe, India, North the US, the center East, and Oceania supply insightful glimpses into the attention-grabbing variety and variety of neighborhood future health practices whereas additionally revealing the multifaceted roles that herbalists, healers, and herbal-medicine practitioners play within the lives in their sufferers.

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