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The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine (Arkana) Paperback – 26 Aug 1993

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Arkana; New edition edition (26 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014019309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140193091
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
This book takes us comprehensively through the modern approach to herbal medicine. Aimed more at the practitioner than at the lay reader, it is nonetheless a useful read for anyone interested in using a naturopathic or herbal approach. Especially interesting is the section on alternative methodologies for research and why it is difficult to submit herbal and other holistic approaches to the classical double-blind trial. Worth adding to your library if you have more than a passing interesting in herbalism or indeed any other holistic approach to healing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy! :) on 24 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
Great book, love it. Came in great condition. Just a shame that I spilt water all over it and it looks so tattered now. Ahh well, I can still read it. Thanks ;)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Exceptionally detailed, for advanced students of Herbalism. 17 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Details a wide variety of herbs with their common uses, dangers, and benefits. The most useful parts of each herb are described, as well as methods of extraction and application. While not really a Complete reference for the truly advanced practitioner(such a work would be indeed be massive,) it is useful for the novice, adept, or even the herbalist who studies from a very clinical standpoint(there's a good deal of information here on the active chemicals and types found in herbs.) Some of the more scientific information may leave the average reader a little confused, but the basic herbal knowledge in this work is well worth its cover price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wrong title for this book. 15 Feb. 2013
By Lin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have many books on herbal medicinces, some better than others for sure. This book, Essential Herbal Medicine is greatly mistitled. I was very disappointed at both the content and style. It seems it is more against herbal medicine, preferring to use pharmaciticle terms instead of natural healing terms. Almost no first hand knowledge presented; furthermore if you were to search for these herbs it would be a worldwide adventure, not your backyard or local park.
There are many other books that far surpass this one if you are really looking to find herbs for health and healing everyday.
I am greatly disappointed with this book, mostly because of it's claims both in title and back page.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent basic reference book 18 Mar. 2004
By N.N. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree 100% with the review below. This is a great, basic book for those who want to understand the use of medicinal herbs from a Western scientific perspective. Please be careful to read the warnings carefully, though. Self-medicating with some of these herbs can be extremely dangerous.
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herbal encyclopedia 18 Mar. 2011
By drbisaacs - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is fantastic. I had a copy before so I knew what to expect. However, this was better than I hoped. Since it has been out of print most of the copies are a bit beat up. This copy is pristine, just like Powells promised. The people at Powells were very helpful timely with their answers to my questions. I would whole heartedly recommend purchasing a book from Powells thru Amazon.
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