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This is perhaps my favorite herbal specialty book - and my favorite "hot plant," maca, has a whole section in it. I have used black gelatinized maca for several years now, and it is certainly the best and strongest maca for "hot" purposes. Kilham's earlier book "Tales From the Medicine Trail" helped introduce me to it - this book covers it in additional detail. Yes, this book does feature specific companies, and specific patented extracts. However, I do not consider the book an overall product plug, as this is merely the author's job - exploring on behalf of the companies that hire him - whether that company is Herbal Powers, New Chapter, or someone else. The author paints a very entertaining account of these busness travels. The subject matter is uniquely interesting, but it is the firsthand, adventurous approach to writing that makes this book very enjoyable. It is a written travel documentary, fortified with lush descriptions, interesting observations and factoids, scientific research and great overall storytelling.
Perhaps what is most valuable amongst the handful of plant species he chooses to delve into is Tongkat Ali. There seems to be very little information generally available on this plant, despite the fact that a number of it's products are already beginning to appear on the herbal supplement market. This book has a lot of detail about this wonderful tree's native history, traditional and modern uses. It provides a comprehensive understanding of what the tree is, what it does, how it works in the human body. This is rather important information for anyone interested in using Tongkat Ali, and I would grant two stars for this botanical information on Tongkat Ali alone.
Rhodiola Rosea is another particularly intriguing herb. What is interesting is how most of the herbs described by the author are known to have multiple uses. I was most familiar with rhodiola rosea as an 'adaptogen' and mental activity enhancer. I did not know that it was also widely used as an aphrodisiac, or that it was commonly extracted by tincture in it's native land, for this purpose. One does not notice these effects with most US supplement products. Interesting new perspectives on familiar herbs appear throughout the book. There is a lot of great, important information about these featured herbs.
Information about some of the herbs, such as maca, catuaba, and ashwaghanda, were also part of his last book, "Tales from the Medicine Trail." Some of the same information is here, though it is written or presented with slight differences. The herb Muirapuama is, for some reason, absent in Hot Plants. In "Tales from the Medicine Trail" it was considered to work wonders as an aphrodisiac when combined with catuaba. We now find catuaba alone, but apparently just as effective. The author could perhaps elaborate upon this omission a little, for those who do like to follow his work.
Absent entirely is the rather widely available herb Damiana, which can be a very effective aphrodisiac plant. It is not mentioned in this book, but I feel it definitely belongs in there, especially if chocolate is to be included. The herb damiana was traditionally combined with chocolate in the rich, spicy drinks that the Aztec king Moctezuma imbibed daily, granting him his legendary libido.
Even though more Hot Plants exist than are described in this book, Chris Kilham has done a great job with the ones upon which he has chosen to feature, and expand his research. A fantastic job, in fact. I strongly recommend this to anyone with the interest in herbal medicine.
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Initial post: May 5, 2009 5:30:31 AM PDT
You have great knowledge. Maybe you can write a book. I like your comments and references and comparisons to other plants
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