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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Red Crane Books; 1st edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878610317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878610317
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The info in the book very good.
Denis Bugnet
A thorough monograph of each species features complete descriptions for identification and collection, medicinal uses and preparation.
Cyndi LooHoo
Michael Moore's two earlier books in the 'Medicinal Plants' -series were very good, but this one is outstanding.
hek@hetta.pp.fi

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Kelley, bellaonline.com School Reform Host on November 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Moore tells what each plant is used for, but just as important, he details where and when to find the plant. He gives step by step recipes for each plant, telling if it should be rubbed on, eaten, soaked in, or steeped and drunk. He writes at least two pages on every plant, and some plants have seven pages because they are so useful. The only way to improve this book would be more photos. Every plant is illustrated, but less than half are shown in photos.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2001
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I enjoyed reading about western medicinal plants as well as the author's wry humor (I found especially hilarious that comment about the temperature of sitz baths and not wanting to "poach your privates") and obvious expertise. The recipes and directions for making medications out of the plants are outstanding. However, the photography leaves much to be desired. A few of them are blurred and most do not show sufficient detail to enable unequivocal identification. Moreover,the pictures for Yerba Santa and Yerba del lobo are switched in the last page of the color plates. NOT GOOD, if you are using this as a field guide. This then raises the question of, are there other inaccuracies in the book? Definitely check the appearance of the herb you're looking for in another book if you plan to use it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Smith on July 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West has been the book I most often refer to when trying to treat a certain ailment or disease.

I came across this book when I attended the California School of Herbal Studies in California. Moore's ability to pinpoint specific uses of herbs, but at the same time his ability to admit to being wrong is what attracts me so much to his herbals (not to mention his humorous and quirky writing style). I was once told that Moore was one of the few herbalists who have doctors running up to his front door asking for answers. I have no idea if this is true considering the stubbornness of most M.D.'s, but it wouldn't surprise me considering the extent of his knowledge. I can't recommend this book enough.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By postmiss on July 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Caution...I believe this book has inverted photos. The very last 2 pictures, for the plants Yerba Del Lobo (Helenium hoopesii) and Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum)....In the book the top name is for the top picture and the bottom name is for the bottom picture. Yet I am quite certain they are inverted. The plant descriptions sound so different, from the picture shown, that it seems obvious. Look the plants up in another source and see for yourself. They have distincly different uses and information. So please just be aware and maybe draw arrows in your copy! Thanks
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hek@hetta.pp.fi on December 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
Michael Moore's two earlier books in the 'Medicinal Plants' -series were very good, but this one is outstanding. Michael Moore knows his plants, and he is very entertaining in his writings. To top it off, the plant drawings (by Mimi Kamp) are exquisite works of art. This is the best book on western herbs I've seen to date. Don't miss it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reverend Z on September 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I live by this book. It is a little technical sometimes but I love the author's humor and his indepth research. a wonderful book that is easy to look things up in. just love moore. haven't found a more complete book yet. Reverend Z
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By reluctant techie on July 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
Author writes in accessible and entertaining style even with technical content. Very thorough book and I have not seen another that even compares. If you want to know about medicinal plants in the northwest, this is THE book to read!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By debs on November 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
After reading his stories of finding plants and prepration tribulations, I think Mr Moore is a big teddy-bear. He seems kind hearted and caring.
The book is an easy read with loads of information: location to find the plant , what it looks like (clear line drawings and description), what it does (also cross refrence tables) how to prepare plant (also a seprate section on prepration) and how to use (some recipes with multiple plants).
I even found a few plants nobody else was talking about!!yippe!
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