WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2012)—Stopping by your neighborhood pharmacy seems like a simple way to get your medicine, but imagine how much more convenient it would be if all you had to do was visit your own garden. Medicinal herbs and other natural remedies have been used for hundreds of years to treat and cure a variety of ailments. In an authoritative new book, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO MEDICINAL HERBS: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants(National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0700-6; on-sale date: March 6, 2012; $40 hardcover), Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., and David Kiefer, M.D., share their expertise on botany, medicine, history and science to show the best ways to grow and use these remedies.
In both the United States and Europe, the medicinal herb industry is a $5 billion business — and even larger when considering the research surrounding these plants and their benefits. They can be found everywhere from mainstream grocery stores to your local coffee shop. This comprehensive guide teaches readers how to understand, grow and use medicinal herbs to benefit their daily lives.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO MEDICINAL HERBS features the world’s 72 most effective healing plants organized according to the ailments they treat. Chapters include mental health and the nervous system; respiratory system; heart and circulation, digestive system, joints, muscles and skin; urinary and male health; female health; and wellness and perception. Four pages are dedicated to each plant, detailing its distinctive characteristics — geography, botany, history, culture and use in medical science today. A time line is also included to show how the plant has been used throughout history. Information such as how to grow the plant, delivery methods, recipes, precautions and current research is provided.
The book offers surprising solutions to common ailments, such as:
- Hibiscus for sore throats
- Parsley for kidney stones
- Grapes for high blood pressure
- Rosemary for dandruff
- Peppermint for tension headaches
- Catnip tea for insomnia
“Knowledge of medicinal herbs and other healing plants can only make our use of them more valuable, effective, and long-lasting as part of our culture in the future,” writes Andrew Weil, M.D., world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, in his foreword to the book. “By recognizing that this substance, whether delivered in a pill or capsule, a tube or bottle, derives from a plant with distinct growing habits and a native range somewhere specific on the globe, one discovers new levels on which herbal medicine can enrich our lives and culture as well as heal our bodies. The more knowledge we have, the more precisely and appropriately we use these amazing plants — and the healthier we stay.”
Filled with color photographs and in-depth information, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO MEDICINAL HERBS: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants is a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource for anyone interested in new ways of healthy living.