- Series: Green Pharmacy (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (July 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312966482
- ISBN-13: 978-0312966485
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 168 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Green Pharmacy: The Ultimate Compendium Of Natural Remedies From The World's Foremost Authority On Healing Herbs Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1998
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“The Green Pharmacy is full of helpful, practical information about using plants as medicines...I plan to consult it often.” ―Dr. Andrew Weil
“The Green Pharmacy is a tour de force by the world's leading authority on the herbal healing traditions...a treasure house of practical advice for the newcomer and pearls of wisdom for the herbal practitioner.” ―Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., President of Bastyr University, Seattle, and author of Total Wellness
“If you are bewildered by all the books that have been published on herbal healing, this is the one to buy!” ―Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D., ethnobotanist and author of Tales of a Sharman's Apprentice
“Filled with gems of wisdom--a treasure of information from a man who knows a smuch as anyone in the world about medicinal plants.” ―Jean Carper, bestselling author of Miracle Cures
About the Author
James A. Duke, Ph.D., is the author of several books on the healing power of plants, including the bestseller The Green Pharmacy (more than one million copies in print). He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1995, after serving as chief of the Medicinal Plant Resources Laboratory. He remains active in ReNuPeru, a medicinal herb garden in the Peruvian Amazon that's maintained by the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research. His own garden is on a 6-acre farmette in Fulton, Maryland, where he lives with his wife, Peggy.
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The only caution I would mention about this book is, that while the author gives various recipes for using herbs and foods for healing, he doesn't offer much in the way of how to prepare your own herbal medicines. In describing how to make a salve, for example, Duke admits that he's never had much luck in making salves, and then gives a really poor recipe for making one, so I can see why he hasn't had much luck! Except for teas (infusions and decoctions) and using herbs as foods, he seems to prefer buying standardized herbal remedies. So while the book excels in explaining how to use herbs for healing, you will need another reference if you want to prepare tinctures, salves, herbal pills, etc.
As a side note, I have had the great privilege of working closely with numerous Native American tribes, and many of the remedies Dr Duke prescribes are also used by some of the Native Americans I know.
This book is a good intro to James Duke, and a veritable treasure trove of herbal knowledge and lore.