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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company; New edition edition (30 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570671435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671432
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Medicinal Mushrooms is a modern handbook for exploring and understanding the rich traditions of healing fungi in Eastern and Western cultures. Author Christopher Hobbs thoroughly documents and details the nutritional and health benefits of over 100 species of edible fungi. Medicinal Mushrooms is the most complete work on the cultural, health-promoting, and medicinal uses of mushrooms ever published.

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I liked a lot about this book. Allthough a little old, it has loads of interesting info, on which mushrooms help with what, and how to best use them. A little tip: lots of the mushrooms, can be found in asian/chinese supermarkets, for a reasonable price. In this book, also a lot of info, on mushrooms, you can find yourself, for free,in Western Europe. I will almost be glad, when it is autumn again, if it wasn"t that spring and summer have so much other things to offer
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This book gives a very good introduction to the field of medicinal mushrooms, but it is dated in some spots.
I noticed this in particular in the entry about Chaga - it feels like this was written in 1985 and has not been reviewed since then. It really needs an update. The same applies to several other entries, but less obvious.
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By JoeE on 24 Oct. 2011
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This is a great book for those who are looking for an organic and natural way to heal and cure your ailments
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An invaluable resource for any mushroom enthusiast 21 Mar. 2011
By J. Brien - Published on
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I originally heard about this book when seeing it appear in the bibliographies of other materials pertaining to edible and medicinal fungi. My intrigue lead me to purchase this book directly and read it cover to cover within a few days. Being someone who is studying holistic/traditional medicine with a scientific background, I was pleasantly surprised to come across this gem.

I was shocked to see that there are only five reviews for this book as of the time I am writing this one. Perhaps it is not as widely known as I thought it might be. It is rare to come across a piece of literature that seamlessly combines modern, cutting-edge scientific data on the biochemistry and medicinal actions of fungi with traditional knowledge gathered over the ages. Hobbs not only manages to do this consistently in this work, but he does so with keen enthusiasm and informative finesse.

This book is accessible to a wide range of audiences and there is something in it for anyone that has a relationship or curiosity with medicinal mushrooms. For these reasons I highly recommend it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but really really needs an update. 17 Mar. 2013
By CriticalCreature - Published on
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This book is a reference for many people, both professionals (like producers/sellers of medicinal mushrooms) and consumers. Unfortunately, it is very outdated in many aspects (I think the last update was 1986 !!!)

As an example, he writes about Chaga that the product is not sold outside of Russia, and the other background on Chaga is also extremely dated - online you can find much better factual articles, complete with references, many of which are newer than this book. Just Google Chaga facts!

Please Mr. Hobbs, give us an update!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Very Useful Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms 5 Mar. 2007
By Herblady22 - Published on
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As an herbalist who has had this book for several years, I find that I return to the book again and again. Chris Hobbs puts together research and his own clinical background on a wide variety of mushrooms. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great book!!! 6 Mar. 2012
By GAC - Published on
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The classic of the classic of the medicinals mushrooms books... an incredible vision into the world of medicinals mushrooms... a little bit outdated (2002) but still very interesting... if you wish to buy only one book and you don't really care about the new up-to-date research you got the one... a lot of info about traditional chinese medicine... cover many species, clear info, interesting writing... can't find much against that book!!! A great gift for anyone interest in mushrooms... or in natural remedies...
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A Necessary Addition 17 Mar. 2013
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Mushrooms have always been something I've put on pizza or added to my vegetarian stir-fry. I'm an herbalist and mainly use whatever I can grow or purchase locally. Since I cannot grow mushrooms in Florida, I've ignored them over the years. I specifically was looking for one type that helps thyroid and arthritis so purchased this book for my kindle fire hd. I was really worried that the illustrations would be impossible but they are surprisingly good. Also, navigation between the chapters for referencing is so simple. I would much rather use my kindle but until now have been wary of using it for non-fiction books. So I not only bought an excellent book about medical mushrooms, but I have also learned that the kindle fire will handle it beautifully. The book includes information about Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine usage, nutrition, scientific research and monographs on the various medicinal fungi. Finally, the affordable price adds to my recommendation of this book. As always, look inside before buying.
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