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Books on Ethnobotany

 

Health and Beauty from the Rainforest
Health and Beauty from the Rainforest
Malaysian Traditions of Ramuan

Gerard Bodeker, editor

Health and Beauty from the Rainforest: Malaysian Traditions of Ramuan brings together for the first time in one book the collective wisdom of experts and practitioners of Malaysia's traditional healthcare and beauty systems. The book examines the importance of seeking and maintaining balance - vital for overall wellness, beauty and vigour - and highlights the intertwined nature of medicine and food, cutting through the myth to fact and actuality. It showcases the best of Malaysia's ancient healing systems - indigenous, Malay, Chinese and Indian - including their practice in Malaysian spas.

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Maya Medicine
Maya Medicine
Traditional Healing In Yucatan

Marianna Appel Kunow

This account of the practice of traditional Maya medicine examines the work of curers in Piste, Mexico, a small town in the Yucatan Peninsula near the ruins of Chichen Itza. The traditions of plant use and ethnomedicine applied by these healers have been transmitted from one generation to the next since the colonial period throughout the state of Yucatan and the adjoining states of Campeche and Quintana Roo.

In addition to plants, traditional healers use western medicine and traditional rituals that include magical elements, for curing in Yucatan is at once deeply spiritual and empirically oriented, addressing problems of the body, spirit, and mind. Curers either learn from elders or are recruited through revelatory dreams. The men who learn their skills through dreams communicate with supernatural beings by means of divining stones and crystals. Some of the locals acknowledge their medical skills; some disparage them as rustics or vilify them as witches. The curer may act as a doctor, priest, and psychiatrist.

This book traces the entire process of curing. The author collected plants with traditional healers and observed their techniques including prayer and massage as well as plant medicine, western medicine, and ritual practices. Plant medicine, she found, was the common denominator, and her book includes information on the plants she worked with and studied.

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Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants
Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants
A Historical Survey with Special Reference to the Eastern Indian Tribes

Charlotte Erichsen-Brown

Chronological historical citations document 500 years of usage of plants, trees, and shrubs native to eastern Canada, northeastern U.S. This book provides information for identifying plants and 343 illustrations. It is a Dover reprint and hence a classic.

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Miracle Medicines of the Rainforest
Miracle Medicines of the Rainforest
A Doctor's Revolutionary Work with Cancer and AIDS Patients

Dr. Thomas David

"Miracle Medicines of the Rainforest is worth reading for several reasons: first, it gives hope that cures for cancer, AIDS, and other diseases may ultimately be found in rainforest medicines; second, it demonstrates that indigenous shamans are valuable sources of information about promising medicinal plants; and third, its easy-to-read narrative style makes for entertaining reading." Timothy White, Shaman's Drum

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Native American Ethnobotany
Native American Ethnobotany

Daniel E. Moerman

An extraordinary compilation of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, fiber, dye, and a host of other things. Anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman has devoted 25 years to the task of gathering together the accumulated ethnobotanical knowledge on more than 4000 plants. More than 44,000 uses for these plants by various tribes are documented here. This is undoubtedly the most massive ethnobotanical survey ever undertaken, preserving an enormous store of information for the future. 927 pages.

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Native American Medicinal Plants
Native American Medicinal Plants
An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

Daniel E. Moerman

In Native American Medicinal Plants, anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman describes the medicinal use of more than 2700 plants by 218 Native American tribes. Information -- adapted from the same research used to create the monumental Native American Ethnobotany -- includes 82 categories of medicinal uses, ranging from analgesics, contraceptives, gastrointestinal aids, hypotensive medicines, sedatives, and toothache remedies. Native American Medicinal Plants includes extensive indexes arranged by tribe, usage, and common name, making it easy to access the wealth of information in the detailed catalog of plants. It is an essential reference for students and professionals in the fields of anthropology, botany, and naturopathy and an engaging read for anyone interested in ethnobotany and natural healing. 800 pages, soft cover

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Native Plants, Native Healing
Native Plants, Native Healing
Traditional Muscogee Herbs

Tis Mal Crow

Now for the first time, a book about traditional Native American healing techniques authored by a Native American practitioner. Drawing strongly from Muskogee tradition, herbal teacher Tis Mal Crow examines common wild plants and in a clear and authoritative style explains how to identify, honor, select, and prepare them for use.

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Rainforest Remedies
Rainforest Remedies
100 Healing Herbs Of Belize

Rosita Arvigo

The work of Rosita Arvigo and Michael Balick to bring the knowledge of the Mayan healers to the Western reader deserves due credit. This revised and enlarged second edition includes much additional information about the major herbs in the Mayan pharmacopeia. Their work proves that the rainforest has more value to mankind alive than cut down!

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Secrets of Native American Herbal Remedies
Secrets of Native American Herbal Remedies
A Comprehensive Guide

Anthony Cichoke

This complete guide to centuries-old Native American herbs and other remedies shows how the Native American approach to healing emphasizes the balance of body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Cichoke explains the philosophy behind Indian healing practices. He also presents information on other therapies such as the sweat lodges, used in conjunction with herbs. Each herb is examined in an accessible A-to-Z format, and formulas and recipes for treating specific ailments are provided. Includes bibliography and index.

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The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs
The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs
A Guide To Understanding

Leslie Taylor

Rainforests contain an amazing abundance of plant life. What's most exciting is that scientists and researchers have only just begun to uncover the medicinal qualities of these plants, which offer new approaches to health and healing. "The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs is a valuable guide to these herbs and their uses. Detailing more than fifty rainforest botanicals, this book provides preparation instructions, presents the history of the herbs? uses by indigenous peoples, and describes current usage by natural health practitioners throughout the world. Helpful tables provide a quick guide for choosing the most appropriate botanicals for specific ailments. Here is a unique book that offers a blend of ancient and modern knowledge in an accessible reference format.

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