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The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America Paperback – November 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556439539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556439537
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Fungal Pharmacy is a great book for anyone interested in the medicinal properties of mushrooms. In this rapidly developing field, I am delighted to recommend this book to both amateurs and professionals. Robert Rogers has made a significant contribution … highly recommended!” —Paul Stamets, author of Mycelium Running

"Robert Rogers is amazingly knowledgeable of the mushrooms and other wild fungi of the Pacific Northwest , and eager to share his knowledge. Doctor, heal thyself—learn your mushrooms and get out into the woods!" —Britt Bunyard, publisher and editor-in-chief of Fungi magazine

“Robert's knowledge of plants and fungi can make one's head spin with medicinal, traditional, and culinary uses.” —Martin Osis, president of the Alberta Mycological Society

The Fungal Pharmacy is the first book in the field to attempt to understand the energetics and personality of the medicinal mushrooms rather than relying solely on their pharmacological profiles.  By 'energetics' I mean the basic pathological patterns of the mushroom, such as hot or cold, damp or dry.  By ‘personality’ I mean the indications peculiar to a mushroom that come from an intimate working knowledge of a medicine. This method represents the high road for the intuitive practitioner.” —Matthew Wood, author of The Earthwise Herbal

"An extensively researched and comprehensive synthesis of traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific data. An invaluable resource to anyone with an interest in traditional medicine or simply a fascination with lichens." —Heath O'Brien, PhD
 
"Packed with information, The Fungal Pharmacy is a 'must-read' for all who are interested in medicinal mushrooms. Highly readable, the book is useful for students, biologists, naturalists, and the general public. A most welcome addition to the field of ethnomycology.” —Roland Treu, associate professor, Athabasca University

“The Fungal Pharmacy is a 'must' reference for mycologists, mushroom hunters, and practitioners of natural health care. … Full color photos pack a survey of clinical studies, homeopathic uses, global folklore and cultural references, and more. [The Fungal Pharmacy] is the first book in the field that investigates the pathological patterns of medicinal mushrooms rather than their pharmacological profiles. … There's nothing as extensive currently in print." Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Robert Rogers teaches plant medicine at Grant MacEwan University and the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies in Edmonton, Canada. He serves as chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms.

More About the Author

Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for nearly forty years, retired after 18 years of clinical practice.
He teaches herbal medicine at Grant MacEwan University and the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. He is also an assistant clinical professor in family medicine at U of Alberta.
Robert is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association and on the editorial board of the International Journal for Medicinal Mushrooms.
During the summer, he enjoys photographing, picking and eating medicinal and edible mushrooms.
Robert is an ethnobotanist and herbal expert on plants of the boreal forest. He travels widely teaching courses on herb and mushroom medicine.

Customer Reviews

A must have in your personal library!
EdibleWildFood
If you are going to buy any one book on medicinal mushrooms, this is the one to get.
Dakotabob
This is an excellent book, especially if you enjoy technical reading.
T. Shepherd

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Black spruce on January 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
Good
- beautiful pictures
- a lot of information from a wide range of sources, from scientific journals to folklore
- indexes and the charts in the back where the possible health benefits of several mushrooms are shown simply
- big bibliography of sources

Not so good
- All this info from assorted sources is just pasted together. We go from multiple, long, detailed chemical names, which only an organic chemist is likely to understand, to a statement about what fun the author had gathering this mushroom, to poems, to a rare recipe for a decoction or advice on a reasonable dose. A real hodgepodge.

I say, "An interesting jumping off place," because there are some solid clues about the medicinal properties of the mushrooms, that could spur someone to do more research. This book alone will not teach you to be either a good mushroom hunter or a good mushroom user. It does clearly show that further research into the pharmaceutical uses of mushrooms could give us some less-toxic alternatives to currently used chemo drugs and antibiotics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By danimal on June 6, 2012
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How I feel about this book.

What an amazing resource. As a medical student focusing on alternative medicine, I can appreciate a book that is extremely well researched and written. Rogers has provided a remarkably comprehensive work on the chemical compounds, preparations, traditional uses, and research based (dare I say evidence based?) health promoting properties of numerous Pacific Northwest fungi.

A++ for this book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dakotabob on January 5, 2012
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If you are going to buy any one book on medicinal mushrooms, this is the one to get. I have multiple books on the subject and this book is by far the best.When I bought it, I thought the book would be over my head. Instead, I found it to be very easy reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By funginut on January 5, 2013
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The information on vitamin compounds in this book is better than any of the others I have. I also find the information about cancer fighting compounds extremely interesting
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Shepherd on January 30, 2013
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This is an excellent book, especially if you enjoy technical reading. I live in the Sandpoint, Idaho area, and I have already identified over 29 species of fungi, most with some sort of healthful benefit.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By science & nature on December 25, 2012
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Good:
Robert Rogers' book assembles an overview of info on medicinal fungi into a single volume. Much (definitely not all) of the information comes from apparently legitimate scientific studies and citations for these studies are given. There are many large, lovely full-color photographs. There is a useful index.

Not good:
Most of the legitimate information in the book takes the form of very short summaries of primary sources. The reader will need to seek out these primary sources for a complete understanding of any particular topic. Rogers includes sub-sections on traditional (folk and indigenous) uses but his summaries are so short, non-specific, and most of the time no citations are given. An example is that he will just say something like "In China this mushroom is used for [fill in the blank]" with no citation.

Awful:
The author incorporates pseudo-scientific garbage right alongside seemingly legitimate information. He apparently used zero discretion when selecting sources. It's bad enough that he includes numerous sub-sections on homeopathy and "mushroom essences"-- but one of his only citations for this information is a link to a shady new-age webstore that sells the "essences" in question. There is also an appendix on the subject of magic. Yes, you read that correctly-- magic! Looking into the author a bit I find that Robert Rogers works at "The Northern Star College of Mystical Studies" a new-age business that allegedly teaches magic, "dream alchemy", and astrology (for $5k a pop).

Mycology has a lot to offer the world of medicine. Association with new-age fraudsters does nothing but harm to the study of mycology.

We need a book that approaches the same topic as this volume but that is written by an author who is scientifically literate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Verna Long on January 4, 2013
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On time and wonderful pictures, always loved muchroom, but afraid of picking them, pictures have help a lot, even in the back yard
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Harper on December 3, 2012
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This book is s wonderful, and thorough, addition to your health toolbox. Including current and past clinical research into the health aspects of fungi. Because of this book, I eat mushrooms with every meal.
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