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The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Everyday Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312981511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312981518
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers advice on herbal healing, includes an encyclopedic review of health conditions that herbal medicine can help, and discusses 180 herbs with information on dosages, food and drug interactions, benefits, and side effects. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aphrodite on 4 April 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
James Duke provides a wealth of information and knowledge in this book. The Herbal Handbook is a comprehensive guide to all (both common and rare) herbal extracts. The book begins with a very thorough introduction to herbal remedies and also covers a guide to various ratings he uses throughout the book so it is really easy to understand. There is also a very interesting chart in the introduction covering alternative herbal remedies for common complaints also listing the normal prescription medicines offered for these.

The rest of the book is set out in an easy reference A - Z guide and lists what the herb is, what it is used to treat, medicinal properties and dosage options followed by a safety rating. As I mentioned before, this features from the normal everyday herbs like Chamomile through to the more unusual like Bloodroot. At the back of the book there is an A - Z index of symptoms and conditions and underneath each one is a list of herbs used to treat them. This is probably the bit of the book I use the most. For example, whilst suffering with nausea recently I knew ginger was a good idea to take, but this lists 17 possible cures!

I think that this book is a great buy, both for the herbal beginner right through to practitioner level. There is a lot of knowledge in this book, all packed into almost 400 pages. Definitely buy this if you want a quick easy to use reference for treating with herbal remedies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Kay A. Skinner on 7 Feb. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was recommended to this book by a friend. I was very pleased that it was easy to understand and look up ailments and related remedies quickly and easily. I have used some of the remedies already and have been amazed at the positive results. I too have recommended it to other friends.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Belongs on every herb user's shelf! 17 Feb. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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I am quite impressed with this book. The amount of information that Duke has crammed into this slim volume is unbelievable. The herb profiles contain everything you would want to know about an herb before using it. The safety rating is such a great tool. I wonder why Duke is the first herbalist to think of it (at least I think he's the first. Never seen it in any other herbal). In this collection of herbs, there are North, South and Central American plants as well as European and Asian ones. There's a nice therapeutic index too, listing what herbs are good for which conditions. Duke has a great writing style. It reflects his incredible knowledge, sense of humor and just plain common sense. Excellent book! If I could only have 3 herb books, this would be one of them.
56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Detailed Medical Herbal 22 Jun. 2001
By Cheryl Daetwyler - Published on
Format: Paperback
Dr. Duke's book, The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook, contains accurate, no-nonsense information on many of the medically useful herbal preparations. His background in botany, provides excellent advise on uses and possible dangers.
For those herbs he includes there are lists of optimum dosages and warnings of possible contra-indications or dangers involved.
Over 180 herbs are described, in a quick to use format.
Even though it covers a small number of the herbs available for use, the ones he includes are important in treating a range of conditions.
I found it quite readable even for browsing in an evening, and emminently useful when faced with a sudden onset of a medical problem of the sort most treatable with herbs.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Heather L. Parisi - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have read all of James Duke's books and this one is the best and most essential. Every common medicinal herb is described and rated for its value medicinally and for safety in a uniform and formulamatic way in alphabetic order. This makes this book both concise and incredibly valuable for quick reference. No matter how many times I have read this book I find myself going to it daily for quick information and in this regard it has no equal. The only shortcoming is really by design it excludes "non-herbal" though related information. For instance, you may find information on bromelain, but no reference to using it with quercetin since quercetin is a flavonoid. Duke's newer book on "anti-aging" does take this into account, but it is not neatly or usefully organized for quick reference. Lastly, many books of this type are quite expensive, "The Green Pharmacy" is the exception with new copies available for around $10. and used for around $6.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This is a must-have book for natural health! 1 Mar. 2009
By Crystal - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been reading through "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook," trying first one thing then another for several weeks now, ever since the book came in the mail. Let me tell you, this book is a life saver (not literally, but maybe).

The first thing I tried was 100% cranberry juice, not the cocktail product. Please pardon this personal comment, but I had dark urine from not drinking enough water. After drinking 100% cranberry juice for a couple of weeks, my urine is now normal. I must admit that I could not drink 100% at pure strength and added a little orange juice to it. I also committed to drinking more water.

Celery seed, or celery stalks, helps control high blood pressure and cholesterol. Medication is not getting my high blood pressure down so I can have eye surgery. I'm eating lots of celery to see if this truly works.

Rubbing crushed basil leaves on exposed body parts will keep mosquitoes at bay when outdoors and people when indoors (haha, just a little old lady joke).

Pour about four ounces of oats into your bath water for a good soak to relieve itchy skin, especially psoriasis.

Powdered or fresh ginger aids in preventing blood fats from forming, keeps fibromyalgia pain at bay, and helps abate joint pain, among its many benefits.

These are just a few things I tried or passed on to family members to try, with each having success. I highly recommend this book not only for its health benefits, but also for its entertainment value. The book is fun to read!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Reliable expertise 19 Jan. 2009
By Merilyn Welch - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
James Duke's book "The Green Pharmacy" was one of the first few I read about herbs used for healing. It still has a place in my bookcase. This book has much more complete information about the plants included, and seems more geared for the level at which I practice now. As a nurse and now a trained herbalist, I like the mention of pharmaceuticals used for the same treatment goals. The last 14 years, I have studied both herbs and prescription drugs extensively. Dr. Duke's scientific yet down to earth approach is greatly appreciated. This book will find use as a reference for both the pharmacology lectures I present, as well as those about healing with botanicals. My thanks to Dr. Duke for another winner.
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