By Rebecca L. Johnson

Nationwide Geographic's advisor to 36 "super" herbs resembling aloe, echinacea, ginkgo, and peppermint incorporates a wealth of crucial details at the heritage, tradition, folklore, and technological know-how of conventional and modern natural medication in all significant tradition parts of the realm. Emphasizing present learn and healing makes use of, the quantity presents an A-Z directory of 36 of the greater than 80,000 identified medicinal vegetation around the globe. information regarding every one plant comprises conventional and present medicinal makes use of, universal and Latin names, description, habitat, cultivation and education, examine, and warning signals. extra essays at the therapeutic crops of Africa, Australia and New Zealand, relevant and South the USA, China, Europe, India, North the US, the center East, and Oceania offer insightful glimpses into the attention-grabbing variety and variety of neighborhood healthiness practices whereas additionally revealing the multifaceted roles that herbalists, healers, and herbal-medicine practitioners play within the lives in their sufferers.

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