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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603429875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603429870
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In this timely book, Buhner reveals that plants are the people’s medicine, possessing attributes that pharmaceuticals never will.”



“Humans have misused antibiotics to the point that these drugs are becoming worthless. In Herbal Antibiotics, Buhner argues that by turning to plants for healing, we would be working with nature—and improving our chances of surviving the superbugs.”



“A comprehensive introduction worthy to be on the shelf of any holistic practitioner, herbalist, farmer or parent. The book … shows an appreciation for the melding of traditional practices, tools, and wisdom with modern research and insight.”

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A truely invaluable resource that is also a detailed how-to primer of natural solutions based in time-honored herbal practices. (Laurie Regan, PhD, ND, Dean of Classical Chinese Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine, cohost of True Nature Radio ) --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Very informational book.
Little Bird
Haven't had the time to really look into it, but from the little that I read it was a pretty good book.
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Anyone into natural living and herbs i highly recommend this book.
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135 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a valuable reference with information on herbal alternatives to standard antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant infections and "super bugs" are becoming a challenge to standard medicine. According to the author over 70 percent of all pathogenetic bacteria in hospitals are found to be at least minimally resistant to antibiotics. The book explores the root of antibiotic resistance and looks at the value of herbal treatments with profiles of thirty herbs known for their antibiotic properties. Also included are methods for collection and preparation, dosages, potential side effects, and alternatives.

While the topic of antibiotic-resistance can be alarming, I appreciated that this book didn't take a doomsday, fearful tone but instead presents the facts based on research and studies, and the author offers hope with valuable information on herbal remedies. Some of the information is rather scientific but is written in terms an average person can understand and the home remedy recipes are easy to follow. Although I haven't actually made any of the remedies yet, the herbs required are those I can find at my local health food store or online, or I could grow some of them myself. It's also important to note, as the author does, that herbs can have side-effects and can affect how other medicines work if both are taken together. In the profiles of the herbs, the potential side-effects are noted.

Remedies include those for ear infections, skin infections, relieving the symptoms of colds and flu, boosting the immune system, and much more.

This is a good resource to have on hand as a natural alternative to antibiotics and other medications that may not be as effective as they used to be.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have the earlier version and was delighted to get this second edition recently, three times the size of the original. The author states: "In the years since I wrote the first edition of this book, my knowledge of plant medicines and their use in healing has increased tremendously. Thus this new edition...is a great deal more comprehensive..." I found the first edition to be excellent and this one is even better. I also loved Buhner's "The Secret Teachings of Plants".

Here Buhner offers a slightly different list of the "top antibiotic herbs" than the first edition as deeper experience has shown him that, for instance, garlic and grapefruit seed extract are just not as effective as some of the new herbs in this edition. (I was pleased to read this as it reflects my own disappointing experiences with these two herbs.) Here the herbs have been divided into "the systemics" (cryptolepis, sida, alchornea, bidens, artemisia); "the localised nonsystemics" (berberines, juniper, honey, usnea); "the synergists (licorice, ginger, black pepper/piperine); and 8 herbs that he describes as the first line of defense (strengthening the immune system). There are a few tips on virus, fungus and parasite infections, although it does not really attempt to cover these pathogens. At the end are invaluable and detailed how-to-make instructions as well as a "formulary" (tincture proportions and dosages).

Thankfully, this book is not one of those encyclopedia-type listings that leave you wondering what herb/s to shortlist and where and how to actually start applying the information. With such books it is all little more than a lottery - perhaps slightly more educated than a lucky dip requires, but still guesswork.
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119 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Dickson on December 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
A well-organized 468 pages and very good. This is WORLDWIDE herbology, the best herb for the job, irrespective of country or culture. Does not address the energetic angle of interpreting illness as Messages from the Body, but short of that, the best textbooks I've ever seen on herbs for antibiotic use.

The below is a view of this work from an energetic persepctive; that is, what can be tested with muscle testing of any kind, towards solutions for your self and for patrons.

General rules of thumb for dealing with resistant infections

Systemic infection ~ try: Cryptolepis
Severe diarrhea, dysentery ~ try berberine herbs, any
Urinary tract infection ~ try: Juniper berry combined with bidens
Infected surface or surgical wound ~ try: Honey has always worked
Menningitis ~ try: Add piperine, isatis and others are suggested

(abbreviated from p. 45)

Buhner reminds of the distinction between bacteria with one cell wall and two cell walls. Gram positive bacteria are stainable because they have only one cell wall. Gram negative bacteria are not stainable as they have two cells walls. This distinction is therefore a possible distinction to test for.

The main resistant Gram-positive (single cell wall) bacteria are:
- Clostridium difficile
- Enterococcus spp.
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Streptococcus spp.
(abbreviated from Chap. 2)
Extensive detail on how to deal herbally with each and its variats follows.

The main resistant Gram-negative (double cell wall) bacteria are:
acinetobacter baumannii
campylobacter jejuni
E. coli
haemophilus influenzae
klebsiella pneumoniae
neisseria gonorrhoeae
proteus spp.
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