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Discover the Natural Healing Wonders of Medicinal Plants
Enlightened consumers of health products want more than just pills that block out symptoms. Some of the most powerful preventatives for ailments are not located in prescription drugs but in common herbs found in your kitchen or your local health food store.
In this up-to-date and carefully researched book on botanical medicine, Dr. Michael T. Murray brings you the latest scientific findings about the power and efficacy of medicinal herbs.
Dr. Murray addresses such topics as:
·The magic of common food herbs and spices?onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric
·Hebal tonics?Chinese or Korean ginseng, Siberian ginseng, angelica
·Herbal sedatives?valerian, St. John's wort
·Herbs for asthma, hay fever, immune-system enhancement, bladder infections, diabetes, herpes, and menopause

About the Author

Michael T. Murray, N.D. is widely regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He is a graduate, faculty member, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Murray is the co-author of A Textbook of Natural Medicine, the definitive textbook on naturopathic medicine for physicians, as well as the consumer version - Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. He has also written over 20 other books including The Healing Power of Herbs and The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements.
As a consultant to the health food industry, Dr. Murray has been instrumental in bringing many effective natural products to North America, including:
·Glucosamine sulfate
·St. John's wort extract
·Ginkgo biloba extract
·Silymarin
·Enteric coated peppermint oil
·Saw palmetto berry extract
For the past twenty years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies from the medical literature. He has personally collected over 50,000 articles from the scientific literature which provide strong evidence on the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, glandular extracts, herbs, and other natural measures in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease. It is from this constantly expanding database that Dr. Murray provides the answers on health and healing. According to Dr. Murray: "One of the great myths about natural medicines is that they are not scientific. The fact of the matter is that for most common illnesses there is greater support in the medical literature for a natural approach than there is for drugs or surgery."
Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the natural approach that can put them on the road to lifelong health. Michael T. Murray, N.D. has dedicated his life to educating physicians, patients, and the general public on the tremendous healing power of nature. In addition to his books, which have cumulative sales of over two million copies, Dr. Murray has written thousands of articles, appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs, and lectured to hundreds of thousands of people nationwide.
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Product Details

  • Series: Healing Power
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 2 Rev Exp edition (June 21, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559587008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559587006
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael T. Murray, N.D.

Dr. Murray is one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. His research into the health benefits of proper nutrition is the foundation for a best-selling line of dietary supplements from Natural Factors, where he is Director of Product Development. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.

The Science Behind DoctorMurray.com

For the past thirty years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies from the medical literature. He has personally collected over 60,000 articles from the scientific literature, which provide strong evidence on the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural measures in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease. It is from this constantly expanding database that Dr. Murray provides the answers on health and healing on DoctorMurray.com.

Customer Reviews

Michael Murray is a great author.
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As well as covering the most useful herbs in detail, a separate section covers common conditions and what herbs and supplements to prescribe for them.
Andrew Cutler
It had lots of good, practical, and useful information.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dana Carpender on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Healing Power of Herbs is the most credible and useful herb book on the market, helpful for the consumer and the health professional alike. I especially appreciate the discussions of clinical trials, the medical journal references, and the easy-to-reference summaries of uses and dosages of herbs. This is *the* book I turn to when I have a question about herbal medicine. If you're only going to have one book on herbal medicine on your shelf, this is the one!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Cutler on June 10, 2000
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This excellent book provides clear, complete, accurate and detailed information about many of the most useful herbs. Anyone interested in herbal medicine - layman or professional - would do well to read this book. It is essential to anyone who wishes to prescribe the covered herbs properly - be it to family and friends or as a health care professional. As well as covering the most useful herbs in detail, a separate section covers common conditions and what herbs and supplements to prescribe for them. This section is especially useful as it is not limited to the herbs covered in detail in the book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Heather L. Parisi on January 24, 2006
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I FEEL I MUST FIRST SAY: TO DO "NO HARM" MUST COME FIRST & DOES IN THIS GUIDEBOOK!

I read a large number of alternative health and medical texts and some are better than others. I borrow as many as possible from the library, but Michael Murray's books, along with James Duke's, are among the few that I purchase and keep handy at all times. The approach of these two men are always safety first, and they follow the first cardinal rule of medicine which is to do "NO HARM". For that reason I feel a level of security that allows me to make the leaps of faith needed in order to try new things that will affect the health of myself and my loved ones.

IN A NUTSHELL: A terrific read, but very useful and efficient too!

The Healing Power of Herbs, contains detailed and coherent discussions about the effects and practical applications of 37 medicinal herbs and 34 common ailments treated by them. A short history of "herbal medicine" precedes these discussions.

WHAT IT IS:

SECTION 1: Pages 1-28

INTRODUCTION: BASIC HISTORY OF HERBAL MEDICINE & PREPARATIONS

SECTION 2: Pages 29-344

MATERIA MEDICA: In alphabetical order from Aloe Vera to Valerian, 37 of the most useful and commonly used herbs are examined.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
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I am a Natural Products Chemist and Cancer Researcher. I wanted a book on Herbal Remedies to share with my friends and family containing a synopsis based on the facts without the media-babble. This is an excellent book. It is not an exhaustive work but contains many entry point references to the scientific literature whilst still presenting core material in a manner easily understood by most interested parties. This book helps bridge the gap between those interested consumers who want facts and not hype, and the scientific community. Dr. D.W., City of Hope National Medical Center. CA.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By tdm on March 17, 2001
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I have owned this book for 5 years. I still use it on a regular basis. Its one of the best books on basic herbs you can buy. I can't even begin to count how many times it has saved us from a trip to the doctor. Get this book if you want to keep yourself healthy naturally.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
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I am a Natural Products Chemist and Cancer Researcher. I wanted a book on Herbal Remedies to share with my friends and family containing a synopsis based on the facts without the media-babble. This is an excellent book. It is not an exhaustive work but contains many entry point references to the scientific literature whilst still presenting core material in a manner easily understood by most interested parties. This book helps bridge the gap between those interested consumers who want facts and not hype, and the scientific community. Dr. D.W., City of Hope National Medical Center. CA.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 2002
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This is the one herb book I would take with me to a deserted island :)
I've had it for years and it amazes me how ahead of its time it is. I've even found articles on coleus and guggul. It's hard to find info on these.
He includes both folklore and research information.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1997
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I have both the original and the revised version of this book. Both are excellent, the 2nd one however have a lot more information, and for those of us who really like a LOT of information you will get it in this book. Does it cover every herb used out there? Nope. Does it have wonderfully complete information for what it does cover? Yuppers. It has wonderful descriptions, uses, history, references, its a book well worth purchasing and being put at the top of ones list of books to buy
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