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Herbal Vade Mecum: 800 Herbs, Spices, Essential Oils, Lipids, etc Constituents, Properties, Uses and Caution Paperback – 1 Mar 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge; New title edition (Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971320926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971320925
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,949,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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very useful reference text book from ex-student

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Excellent book !! The explanation between herbs and metabolites with their actions is simple and straightforward. Therefore, easy and logical to understand.PERFECT!!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Editor, Medical Herbalism journal 5 Dec. 2003
By Paul Bergner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent quick reference for the professional herbalist. It is in the same niche as other quick reference books such as Potter's Encylcopedia or Lust's Herb book, but far superior to either, because 1) it has many more herbs 2) it has up-to-date and accurate details on plant chemistry 3) the author has mined the wealth of herbal literature in German, Italian, and French 4) it contains reasoned judgements on safety considerations lacking in the other books in its class, and 5) it accurately describes the most important actions and most important uses, in a well thought-out section, instead of giving long lists of theoretical or minor actions. I'll be using this as a textbook for my intermediate-level students at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. --- Paul Bergner, Editor, Medical Herbalism journal
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for practitioners 17 Mar. 2004
By Henriette Kress - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Herbal Vade Mecum is a very good materia medica for the practising herbalist. Uses are given, dosages aren't, so you need to know your plants before you use this book.
Beginners might not do all that much with it, except for the teensy little fact that they'd get solid practical sensible cautions for the listed plants instead of the usual overly theoretical overcautious ones.
Were I a beginner, I'd buy it for that alone. No pictures, but then there are lots of picture books out there.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Library Necessity... 9 Mar. 2004
By R. Stout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This highly informative, attractively priced reference packs tons of information in a well-written, accurately designed collection of herbal information book. Reccommended for botanists, pharmocognicists and horticulturists (to mention a few), this book rivals industry 'greats' such as 'Tropica' and 'Exotica' (which run hundreds of dollars) AND has a much more digestible price. The design of the book makes it easy to use at your desktop or in the field. Bravo Mr. Skenderi! Someone finally got it right!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent clinical reference 13 April 2013
By Eric L., Yarnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This surprisingly little book is quite useful as a practitioner. It is concise and, on the whole, squares well with my experience and other reliable reports about the actions, uses and safety of herbs. I also appreciate the sheer breadth of coverage. Though Skenderi is a pharmacist and not a practitioner, he has done a magnificent job of capturing the critical essence of each herb. Rather than trying to capture every single detail about the herbs or feeling a need to give complete documentation, he has done something rate: distilled reliable information into useful tidbits. I strongly advocate use of this book to my students, particularly as they are starting out. All too often we fall prey to getting too deep with herbs too soon and everything becomes a blur. The Herbal Vade Mecum helps avoid that. I highly recommend this book to clinicians who use herbs in a serious, rigorous way.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 29 Sept. 2008
By C. Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a herbal practitioner, this is an invaluable tool for my library. Whether you refer to it personally or professionally, it is thorughly written, with a user friendly reference system.
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