From Library Journal
The successful "DummiesR" series gets into the alternative health field with these two titles. Dillard, head of Oxford Health Plans's Alternative Medicine Program, and Ziporyn have done an excellent job of compiling information related to the major alternative therapies. They discuss the limitations of alternative medicine and the dilemma arising from the paucity of scientific evidence on its effectiveness. The authors define the major therapies, outline benefits vs. harmful effects, and advise readers on how to talk with their doctors about alternatives. A final section lists specific health conditions and which therapies might help. Also listed are respected web sites, databases, and other information sources. The scientific literature is referenced throughout the text; tips and informational icons, as in the rest of the series, are quite helpful. Hobbs, an herbalist and botanist, explains the benefits of using herbal remedies, their selection and safe use, and growing and making herbals at home. He also provides recipes and dosages, identifies herbs for specific groups of people (such as senior citizens), and discusses aromatherapy and healing with spices from the kitchen. For easy reference, readers will find a symptoms guide, an herb guide, and a list of herbal suppliers and associations. Although Hobbs does not include a bibliography of evidence-based data to support his therapeutic claims, he covers the topic in a knowledgeable manner. His practical guide is an excellent introduction to the ways in which herbs can be used. Both titles are recommended for public libraries.AKristine Benishek, Good Samaritan Hosp. Lib., Dayton, OH
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From the Back Cover
"An informative, engaging, well-researched introduction to herbal medicine by one of the nation's leading scientific herbalists." Michael Castleman, Author, The Healing Herbs and Nature's Cures "A friendly, caring guide
invaluable to all who care about their good health." Jan Knight, Editor, Herbs for Health "From echinacea to St. John's Wort, this book presents an array of our best natural remedies." James A. Duke, Medical Botanist (USDA, REt.) and Author of The Green Pharmacy
Discover Mother Nature's Best-Kept Medicinal Secrets Even if you can't tell garlic from ginger, you'll be fascinated by the wonderful world of herbal healing. Internationally-respected health practitioner Christopher Hobbs brings precise instructions for which herbs to take for what ails you, how much to take, and how long to take them. Millions of people all around the world are living happier, healthier lives thanks to herbs. So, don't wait any longer whether you want to get rid of that nagging cold, reduce your risk of cancer, or simply increase your energy, turn to Herbal Remedies For Dummies®! Includes Two Guides Organized AZ by Herbs and by Symptoms!