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Indian Herbalogy of North America: The Definitive Guide to Native Medicinal Plants and Their Uses [Kindle Edition]

Alma R. Hutchens
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Book Description

Formore than twenty years this pioneering work had served as a bible forherbalists throughout the world. It is an illustrated encyclopedic guide tomore than two hundred medicinal plants found in North America, withdescriptions of each plant's appearance and uses, and directions for methods ofuse and dosage. Native American traditions are compared with traditional usesof the same plants among other cultures where the science of herbs hasflourished, particularly in Russia and China. Included is an annotatedbibliography of pertinent books and periodicals.

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About the Author

Alma R. Hutchens, a close associate of the late herbalist N. G. Tretchikoff, has been a student and practitioner of herbal medicine for many years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3934 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0877736391
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (July 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JFN2GM
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but not at all what I expected August 18, 2001
Growing up in the way-out country of Missouri, I spent a lot of time outside in the woods, getting to know the different plants and animals that live there. This eventually gave rise to an interest in natural medicine, and in harvesting and preparing my own herbs from the property I lived on. All the texts I could find, though, were based in the plants and knowledge indigenous to either Europe or Asia. I was delighted to come on a copy of Alma Hutchens' _Indian Herbalogy of North America_ a couple years back, thinking it would be a catalog of the plants I found growing in my own back yard, and throughout the back roads of America that I love to explore. However, the book has quite a bit of information about the herbal medicine of other cultures (Russia, Western Europe, and China, in particular), so much that it crowds the Indian lore out--which, of course, was what I really wanted. It's not a bad book, in general terms, and would make a pretty solid kernel for a new collection of herbal medicine books, but I don't recommend this as a resource for people interested specifically in Native American treatment of disease or use of herbs for health maintenance.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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This book is indexed by plants and by diseases. It gives descriptions of habitat so you can go and find them in the wild. It is the only book i have read to date that actually tells how to make the ointments or tea and a history of how it has been used in many cultures. It gives side effects and wonderful detailed plant sketches. Easy to read
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! September 21, 1998
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No where else can I find as much info on the herbs she features as in this book. Very informative and perfect for anyone who is interested in herbal healing and in starting their own herbal business. You can get lots of ideas from this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cross-cultural Herbal Guide November 24, 2001
Indian Herbalogy of North America by Alma R. Hutchens is a helpful reference book for those desiring a greater understanding of cross-cultural applications of herbs. The title is somewhat misleading because though there is an emphasis on Native American herbalism there is also a great deal of information regarding Russian herbology and folklore.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This herbal book was good,yet could have been better.Firstly,the title is misleading.The book is more about the current medicinal methods and uses rather than what the traditional uses and beliefs were.There is very little information about Native Americans and how they used their herbs.There is more attention to the 'Russian experience' and Chinese studies ,in the area of herbalogy.But,little concern for what the Indian shaman did with their plants and herbs.Secondly,the sketches are excellent.Yet,only half are Native American.The rest are russian herbs and plants.This is not a bad book,yet it is a misnomer to label it 'Indian Herbalogy'.Lastly,it is rather weak to pass it off as an all-natural native pagan book.The authoress was quite influenced by Nicholas Culpepper,the famed father of classical herbalogy.Maybe Alma Hutchens is Old School,like herbalist Clarence Meyer.Or she feared her book would not have mass readership,if she had taken a heathen earthy tone.In Culpepper's tome,he points out the biblical verse of God's acceptance of Mankind using the plants and herbs of the Good Earth.At any rate,i would recommend reading this fine herbal book as an addendum to one's herbal studies.This book has many interesting facts and histories,yet not so connected to Native Indian shamanic herbal wisdom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource July 21, 2008
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Because this not only identifies the native north american indian use, but also the Russian influence of the same herbs and application, it is both accurate and invaluable as a reference tool. Out of all my herbology books, I refer to this one most often for practical application, and after 15 years it still serves better than current reference material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this book a lot! December 9, 2013
By sarah
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Indian Herbalogy if North America is a terrific book chok full of informative, invaluable information. I was indeed hesitant to but it after reading some reviews. But I am going to say that I've learned.. You can't always go by good reviews or bad reviews... Every one always has a different opinion and sometimes you have to go with your own gut. Humans are very opinionated people. Basically if up feel a tug... Go for it :) BTW to viewers.. Yes Herbology is the correct defined spelling for the subject.. However Herbalogy works just fine as it is Also defined as a variable:) don't let that intimidate you into no lt buying it.. People come from all backgrounds and sometimes spell things differently...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book April 14, 2014
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This is one of the better books that I own on herbs. It is my go to book where I look first for information.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and it is GREAT. I wanted a new copy so I could ...
I have an old copy of this book, and it is GREAT. I wanted a new copy so I could pass it on, and unfortunately these books have been stolen with the DVD's in the post office... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Valerian Nefedow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must own guide to herbalogy. Big fan of Alma Hutchen's work.
Published 2 months ago by michael n. yavorsky
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Inaccurate
Interesting, but not super accurate. There are better ethnobotanical herbals our there.
Published 3 months ago by M. G. McFarland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you sooo much!!
Published 3 months ago by Kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome seller really good book
Published 4 months ago by keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
Definitely informative some people have made negative stat3ements about the Russian references. What they don't state is that al lot of the plants apply to local US regions... Read more
Published 6 months ago by HC
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful book
Very nice book, well detailed. Funny how so many things grow right in our yards! Easy to read, understand. A must have for your reference shelf!
Published 7 months ago by Emily Vinyard
Focus on current medical uses vs traditional medicinal plant uses. Focus on Western, Russian, etc. materia medica, and not Native American materia medica. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bryce s. crumb
5.0 out of 5 stars I had a hardback that was ancient, maybe an earlier version of what is...
I owned an ancient yellow-papered hardback of this book. Is this author still alive? The work I owned had herbal cures for 'consumption,' and other ailments we don't call by... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emily Sandstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised start to finish.
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