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An Aztec Herbal: The Classic Codex of 1552 (Native American) [Kindle Edition]

William Gates
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Book Description

Originally written in the Aztec language, this 16th-century codex was the first herbal and medical text compiled in the New World. It contains ancient remedies for myriad ailments — boils, hair loss, cataracts, insomnia hiccoughs, and gout, to name a few. Analytical Index to Plants. New Introduction. Over 180 black-and-white and 38 color illustrations.

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin

Product Details

  • File Size: 11922 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (September 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A73FOLU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TREASURY OF ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE October 30, 2010
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This little book has an amazing history. Supposedly, It's one of the only copies that was left behind that documented the medicinal uses of Aztec healers. It was not known to have still existed until it was given back as a gift to Mexico by the Vatican only in our life time. The Aztecs knowledge of herbal remedies are fascinating to read about. Most of the ailments we experience today are mentioned but the extensive set of plants and even animal remains are worth learning about since many of the particular ingredients are also commonly used in Southeast Asia today by a number of healers.

For instance the use of the dogs gallbladder, and other species alike in curing skin infections or fractures. Also the use of urine which today is frowned upon but considered an important valuable remedy by many first nations. The codex is valuable in the way it combines many different unrelated ingredients, similar to how we now isolate a particular active chemical from a particular plant. At first glance you might wonder how in the world did they think of combining these plants with a burnt hawks wing for example?

But after further examination you will appreciate the reasons behind the complex mix of ingredients and realize the far reaching value of these medicines used by people who survived for thousands of years healing themselves by using only the very ingredients that existed around them. Since most people today can barely understand the ingredients used in their shampoos, at least the Aztecs used ingredients that we could actually visually imagine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Aztec Herbal September 20, 2012
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This paperback was way over my head. I am not familiar with the language and all the plants names were given in Spanish?

It's well illustrated and an interesting read if you want to spend a bit of time studying the text.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I thought August 28, 2012
By Michael
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I purchased this book more for artistic inspiration then content. The color illustrations they speak of are basically a bunch of tiny pictures printed on the inside front and back cover.

Unfortunately I had assumed I would get some of the illustrations that you see when you look up "aztec herbal" in a basic google search. I assumed these to be the 38 color illustrations. I should have researched this a bit more.

The content of the herbal is interesting for what it is as a historical document.
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