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on 1 November 2017
very informative however it takes a while to get to what the book imo , is really all about Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

if you want a quick reference , this wont come until you re well into the book
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on 10 January 2017
Excellent book. Tells you all you need to know about adaptogens and how to use them.
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on 18 November 2015
Very useful, especially as adaptogens are such an interesting and potentially important group of herbs in our era of chronically stressed people.
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on 2 July 2017
Very interesting book,learned quite a lot.
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on 26 April 2014
This book was recommended from a lecturer at University. It is a brilliant book.Clear, concise and affordable!
Would recommend this book to anyone.Thanks.
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on 18 December 2011
I have a wide selection of books related to herbs, but this is the only one that I know of that deals specifically with adaptogens, and since everyone could benefit from boosting his immune system and helping the body to effectively deal with stress, this is one of those books that may help anyone to enjoy better health.

The main adaptogens covered in this book are American ginseng, amla, ashwagandha, asian ginseng, astragalus, cordyceps, dang shen, eleuthero, guduchi, he shou wu, holy basil, jiaogulan, licorice, lycium, prince seng, reishi, rhaponticum, rhodiola, shisandra, shatavari, shilajit - interestingly enough most of them seem to be either part of Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine, and there is not much mention of herbs that may be traditionally used in western herbalism.

With the herbs covered in this book, he author has listed the history of the herb, where the herb grows, modern uses of the herb, dosage and safety, and there is a mention of few related studies. Herbs are also grouped in relation to different health issues, so you'll find herbs that may help with stress, those that may be helpful for breathing problems, herbs that may be helpful with athletic performance, those that may be helpful when dealing with cardio-vascular problems, those that may be helpful with musculo-skeletal problems, and so on - though if you do have any such problems, you may benefit from also looking into other herbs that are not mentioned in this book.

The author has added a small section on additional herbs that are helpful as nerve tonics - like chamomile, passionflower, skullcap, lemon balm and few others; and a section on herbal nootropics like bacopa, gotu kola, bhringaraj (which is otherwise popular for boosting hair growth), and few others.

Included are some popular herbal formulations from Traditional Chinese Medicine (bu zong yi qi tang, sheng mai san, etc.), and from Ayurveda (chyavanprash, and triphala), as well as some recipes for incorporating adapogenic herbs into food or making teas with combination of different herbs.

On a side note, there is a minimal mention on any herbs which have been traditionally used by western herbalists that will help you to boost your immune system, many of which you may find in your local grocery store, and add to food like turmeric, oregano, thyme and other spices, or make tea out of cinnamon, ginger and cloves - as will garlic and lemon, but they are beyond the scope of this book. Perhaps the greatest benefit of this book is that it covers herbs that many people in the west may be less familiar with.
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on 21 November 2016
Interesting read
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on 12 May 2009
Hi,
For anyone who like me is slowly beginning to question the values of the pharmaceudical industry then this book will be invaluable to your health whether you have a health issue or not.I myself am an active person,involved in sports and have known all about the benefits of the herb Rhiodiola Rosea which i have been taking for 2 years now,which is still one of the best in my opinion for boosting my mental and physical endurance.What i would like to say is that if you are suffering from stress or depression at any level you owe it to yourself to read this book and give some of the herbs within a try,they really DO WORK and are very affordable and unlike pharmaceudical drugs are completely safe and actually enhance your health in other areas of your body too.10/10 great read.
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on 5 June 2009
I bought this book for my wife who was in training for her license as a Master Medical Herbalist. She tells me it proved to be comprehensive and useful, which seems to say it all.
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on 16 March 2012
This book is packed with some really interesting information, but really badly written. If you do purchase it prepare for many errors within the text itself. Other than than an interesting book.
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