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Healing Power of Echinacea and Goldenseal and Other Immune System Herbs (The Healing Power) Paperback – February 19, 1997

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Immune System Herbs Promote Health and Longevity

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Today, echinacea and goldenseal are among the top-selling consumer-level medicinal herbs in the U.S. These herbs are the most famous of the class of ?immune system herbs,? which have been respected as panaceas or cure-alls in different civilizations since early recorded history. In his new book, The Healing Power of Echinacea, Goldenseal, and Other Immune System Herbs author Paul Bergner explains in detail everything readers will want to know about these and twenty other immune system herbs.Bergner explains how to substitute traditional Western herbs, Chinese herbs, Japanese medicinal mushrooms, and other plant substances for often-abused antibiotic drugs. He tells how to use herbs to treat such conditions as:
colds and fluchronic infectionsperiodontal diseaseurinary tract infectionsand much, much more!Bergner offers a detailed list of herbal remedies for specific ailments, information on proper dosages, as well as a glossary of immune system terminology. This is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in health and well-being.
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  • Series: The Healing Power
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles; 1 edition (February 19, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761508090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761508090
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Herblady22 VINE VOICE on July 16, 1998
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My favorite new herbal is Paul Bergner's excellent book, _The Healing Power of Echinacea and Goldenseal and Other Immune System Herbs_ (Prima Publishing, 1997). I hadn't ordered it previously thinking it was a short review of the two herbs. Big mistake! It covers the immune system and the whole category of immune modulating herbs.

This book is good for anyone who would like more background in the workings of the immune system (including health care professionals who know the physiology but are not used to thinking of immune function as a system) At least a quarter of the book is dedicated to the functioning of the immune system, covering technical material in prose ranging from humorous to stunningly beautiful. He has a gift for chosing just the right metaphor to explain difficult concepts.

In the section titled "Protective Powers: the Healing Power of Snot" he describes the IgA-saturated mucous secretions as a "sophisticated, genetically engineered antibiotic paste that is tailored to whatever infection is current." The antibodies carried in the mucus are produced in immediate response to current infections in the body and will attack them while protecting your tissues. In other words, don't try to stop your running nose!

One reason for tasting herbs- indeed holding them in your mouth for a while before swallowing- is that lymph nodes are located just behind the tongue. Echinacea for instance works best to stimulate lymphatic activity, but first it must get to the lymphatic system. Lymph, unlike blood, does not have a pump to circulate herbal factors. So if it lands in your stomach in a capsule, the herb may not get to the lymphatic system where it is needed- or at least may arrive ineffectively.
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Yes, we've been waiting for this book. It's a good in-depth study of Echinacea and Goldenseal, giving us the true usefulness of these plants, and the folly of a lot of their popular use. This is a book for everybody interested in herbs, from casual herb users to practitioners.
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This book was extremely informative. It covered the multitude of healing possibilities of these wonderful herbs, along with facts about origins of their usage by the Native Americans. It also gave useful information about the different varieties of these plants, and the parts of the country in which they are found. The history of the "politics" surrounding these natural remedies, and the facts about mainstream vs. alternative remedies were fascinating too. It seems that other countries are quicker to adopt remedies that "work" than is our own, which is saddled with too much bureaucracy and special interests in this realm. I would highly recommend this book to all who are interested in or open to the possibilities of alternative medicine. If you try these herbs, be aware that they taste awful, but they'll cure many of the things that ail you.
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This book contains a wealth of knowledge on these two herbs and several other similar herbs. Gives the historical uses and current misuses. You will know how to use Echinacea and goldenseal after reading this book. Easy to read and understand.
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