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The New Healing Herbs: The Essential Guide to More Than 125 of Nature's Most Potent Herbal Remedies [Kindle Edition]

Michael Castleman
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Book Description

Straight from nature’s medicine cabinet, the latest herbal discoveries that cure hundreds of health concerns without the dangerous side effects or high cost of prescription drugs

The New Healing Herbs uses the latest studies to offer guidelines on dosages, drug interactions, and results for herbal healing. Included are herbal prescriptions to treat ailments ranging from the common cold, allergies, and back pain to more serious conditions such as diabetes and cancer. Featuring hundreds of cures and therapies proven to work, this book shows you which herbal remedy to take for each condition, how it’s taken, what interactions to watch for, and where to buy the featured herbs. The easy-to-use Cure Finder organizes herbs by health condition, healing actions, and alternative uses, guiding you to the right herbal remedy for your ailment.

With more than 1 million copies of its two previous editions in print, there’s no doubt that you can trust The New Healing Herbs to help them take control of your health.

Editorial Reviews


"I have been searching for a user-friendly, objective herbal guide for years. Michael Castleman has finally provided one! This book will tell you what you need to know about how to use nature's medicines effectively."--Joe Graedon, author of The People's Pharmacy

About the Author

MICHAEL CASTLEMAN is a medical journalist with 11 consumer health books and 1,200 print and online articles to his credit.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5245 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1605298891
  • Publisher: Rodale; 3 edition (March 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V8BCLO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!!! February 27, 2012
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This book is soooo awesome!! It is very informative and has great alternatives to medicines! It also breaks it down for you as to what are the different benefits of each herb. Love this book just wish it came in spanish for my parents and aunt-they love reading about this stuff and would prefer to heal naturally as oppose to taking meds.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas on Herbs,yet Beware of Advice+ April 11, 2010
This tome of herbs is an excellent review on alternative remedies.This is more of a historical review,rather than a guide on proper usage.It's great on introducing the multitude of herbs that have been used through the ages.There's a wide discussion of the various doctors who had experimented with the various herbs and what results they achieved.I would use this book ,only as a helper and not as an essential guide for dosages.Some herbs are toxic and deadly,in any dosage.People who are interested in herbal suppliments should always investigate the dangers of the the herbal dosages.Herbs will help most people.Yet,you should always consult a doctor or nurse, before any ingesting of any otc remedies from your town's herbal pharmacy.There has been a renewed interest in herbs,in recent years.It's all-natural and more people friendly,rather than alcohol/chemical treatments for various aliments.Green Tea and herbal teas are so much better than soda.Now,research is showing two soft drinks per week,is causing a seventy percept increase in pancreatic cancer.It's clear soda is a weaker than green tea.Saw palmetto will greatly reduce prostrate cancer,that seem to greater effect people,in their 50s.Prostrate cancer usually effects soda-drinkers,who eat processed meats and eat little fiber or vegetables.I liked this book for the good herbal ideas,yet it's weak on statistics and medical dosages.There is a multitude of herbal books around with interesting information,yet light on the medical side.This seems to be another one.Check out Dr.James Duke's herbal books for the most detailed information and quality information for the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Major stepping stone in learning about healing herbs. October 19, 2012
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I bought the book based on an article in Mother Earth News by Michael Castleman. I had been looking for a good source book for the who, what and when of herbs. This is it. The book offers up an amazing amount of history at the first part of the book which is very interesting. The body of the book gives indepth description of the herbs and their uses as well as any warnings. The one thing I would add to help with your effort to find teh herbs would be a good color picture book on herbs to allow you to identify the herbs in the wild. I have done this and now enjoy walking the woods looking for the wild growing herbs.

Good book, worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide for the professional and the layman October 25, 2014
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I am an herbalist and I am always looking for good books on the subject of herbs. I was not disappointed with Michael Castleman's Healing Herbs. With more than 125 entries, this book is a wonderful reference book, and it is good for general reading too. I read it all the way through.

Each entry has a drawing of the herb, a history of the use of the herb, what it is used for now, dosage instructions and instructions for those who may want to grow it in their herb garden. The book is written in easy English without a lot of scientific terminology which makes it easy for the lay person to understand as well as a reference for the herbal professional.

I especially enjoyed the historical information about each herb and found the information very interesting. Many modern herbals do not include this feature. He gives information from Culpepper, Maude Grieve, Hildegard of Bingen, the early Eclectic physicians and a host of other historical sources. The whole book is very well written and I recommend it for anyone who is interested in herbs and herbal healing. -- Valerie Lull, Author, Ten Healthy Teas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Go To Book!!! January 31, 2013
I LOVE this book. It is my go to book whenever someone in the family has an illness or needs something. It has a section for each herb that explains its: healing history, a section for therapeutic uses, how much he recommends that you take, any safety factors and also includes a growing information section. If you are looking for something that gets down to the bones of the herb and really tells you what you need to know about it and how to use it, then this is the book for you. I have a few other herb books, but I don't really use them very often because this one is so informative. It also helps with pregnancy and nursing- he lists whether each herb has been shown to be safe or not for pregnancy. I have it out on the counter almost every week looking up something or other. I love how he not only tells you what the herb does, but he includes studies with results and I love that. I have recommended this to family and friends and will continue to do so. Great book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information July 31, 2011
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Bought this book for some reading and for a reference book. Has delivered on both accounts. Go ahead and get it worth it.
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I have used this book for over a year now. I bought 4 copies for Christmas for each of my children's families for christmas. Good reference for choosing herbal products either DIY or online like Dr Christophers. Very good with the medical climate right now with having to do without medical services in the future possibly. Also good for day to day help. Better and cheaper than OTC meds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it. I love that it is available for ...
One of the only plant by plant detailed descriptions available. This revised edition gives you everything you want to know as to what an herb may be able to do. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sharon Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful source of info on herbs
This is a very informative, easy to understand, and an excellent "dictionary" of herbs and their uses; pros and cons. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Beauvilliers
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Healing Herbs
The title of this book says it all - healing herbs and some of them new in my experience. I read through this book in one sitting - well, maybe not word for word but SQ3R the whole... Read more
Published 12 months ago by T. Pedigo
5.0 out of 5 stars I am in love with this book!
I am a Herbalist who strongly believes in our bodies natural healing abilities when given what they need to heal themselves. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sara Dowd
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, nothing special.
Not bad, but not a great deal different from the other middle of the road herbal resources I have. There are so many herbal "experts" now, it's important for the buyer to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars kept checking-out@public library-my husband purchased for ourselves @...
Great and accurate knowledge of herbs and rx uses most importantly when not to use.Very good read and authentic research as well as background research very helpful. Read more
Published 16 months ago by debralyn
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
I am very happy with this purchase. I do not see any big dents or scratches. It fits into the cabinet with no problem and is working as it should. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Johnny B.Good
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Healing Herbs is great
I can't believe all of the information packed into one book. This book is exactly what I've been looking for!
Published 17 months ago by Robin S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about herbs.
Although calendula is missing from this guide, every other herb you can thing of is very well presented and discussed in detail.
Published on January 31, 2013 by L. Severn
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More About the Author

Michael Castleman is a journalist and novelist, author of more than 2,000 newspaper, magazine, and Web articles, 14 consumer health books, and four mystery novels.

He is "one of the nation's leading health writers" (Library Journal). For 35 years, he has been a prolific freelance medical journalist focused on optimal health, mainstream medicine, alternative therapies, nutrition, fitness, and sexuality. His nonfiction books have a combined total of more than 2.25 million copies in print. His comprehensive guide to herbal medicine, The Healing Herbs, recently expanded and updated as The New Healing Herbs, 3rd Edition (Rodale, 2009), has sold more than 1 million copies.

Three of Castleman's books have been Book of the Month Club Selections: The Healing Herbs; Blended Medicine (Rodale, 2000), a home medical guide that combines mainstream and alternative therapies; and Nature's Cures (Rodale, 1996), a scientific investigation of 33 alternative healing arts, everything from acupuncture to yoga. Two have won "Health Book of the Year" awards from the American Library Association: Blended Medicine and Nature's Cures. One was in print for 28 years, Sexual Solutions. Foreign-rights sales have included: the British Commonwealth, Germany, France, Latin America, Spain, Finland, and China.

Castleman has also written widely for magazines, among them: Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Family Circle, Redbook, Self, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, New Woman, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Men's Journal, Psychology Today, Playboy, Parenting, Child, Natural Health, Natural Solutions, Mother Jones, and, among others. Twice he has been nominated for National Magazine Awards--in 1997, for "Harm With Every Puff: How Smoking Hurts," in Mother Jones, and in 1996, for "The Real Truth About Breast Cancer," in San Francisco Focus.

His newspaper articles have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, San Francisco Examiner, and San Jose Mercury-News, among others.

Castleman's R-rated mystery series is set in San Francisco, and features newspaperman-sleuth Ed Rosenberg. Titles include: The Lost Gold of San Francisco (2003) Death Caps (2007), A Killing in Real Estate (2010), and Killer Weed (2013).

Castleman earned an M.A. in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism (1979), and returned to teach medical journalism there (1995, 1996). He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., 1972).

Castleman grew up in Lynbrook, New York, a Long Island suburb of New York City. Since 1975 he has lived in San Francisco with his wife, a family physician. They have two adult children. In his free time, he enjoys jazz, blues, yoga, downhill skiing, and scuba diving.


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