By Margarita Artschwager Kay
Disenchanted with biomedicine and dismayed by its cost, increasing numbers of people are seeking alternative therapies such as the healing plants discussed in this book. The heart of this volume is a complete description of 100 plants including botanical and common plant names, history, contemporary uses, a description of how the plant is prepared and administered, and brief phytochemical data. Are any of these plants dangerous, and do any of them really work? Where did they come from, and where are they available now?
Answers to these and other questions will pique the interest of general readers and will be an invaluable resource for health-care providers. For all readers, the book opens a window into many ethnic cultures of the region as it describes the unique pharmacopoeia available today here and in other parts of the world.