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By Rebecca L. Johnson

Nationwide Geographic's consultant to 36 "super" herbs corresponding to aloe, echinacea, ginkgo, and peppermint incorporates a wealth of crucial details at the background, tradition, folklore, and technological know-how of conventional and modern natural drugs in all significant tradition components of the area. Emphasizing present examine and healing makes use of, the quantity offers an A-Z directory of 36 of the greater than 80,000 identified medicinal vegetation all over the world. information regarding each one plant contains conventional and present medicinal makes use of, universal and Latin names, description, habitat, cultivation and coaching, learn, and warning indicators. extra essays at the therapeutic crops of Africa, Australia and New Zealand, principal and South the US, China, Europe, India, North the US, the center East, and Oceania offer insightful glimpses into the interesting variety and variety of neighborhood overall 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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