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The Herbal Drugstore: The Best Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Medicines Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, April 1, 2002
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About the Author
Stephen Foster is a PEN/Macmillan short-listed story writer and novelist, and the author of several books of nonfiction including Walking Ollie and Fetching Dylan, both of which appeared on the London Sunday Times bestseller list. He lives in Norwich, England, with his partner and fellow writer, Trezza Azzopardi, and their lurcher puppy, Dylan.
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 624 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780451205100
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451205100
- Product Dimensions : 4.4 x 1.4 x 6.9 inches
- Publisher : Berkley; Illustrated Edition (April 1, 2002)
- ASIN : 0451205103
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #460,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Early on, the book shows a chart that lists specific ailments, what the conventional drugs and their side-effects are, and then what the suggested herbal remedy would be. Later in the book where common herbs are listed in a glossary, information about how each herb as a remedy is available (tea, tincture, capsules, etc.) and its cautions and contraindications and possible side effects are also listed.
The text shares information about how body processes work, how certain herbs and drugs function and can interact, and also what nutrient supplements (Vitamins and minerals) are also helpful for the disorders listed. I found it to focus quite well on using herbal remedies. Having the conventional options for treatment there to compare side effects to vs. herbal remedies was really eye-opening.
In comparison to other books I have read, this one did a fine job with listing commonly used herbal remedies that are used as "conventional" treatments (and I mean by actual doctors with an M.D.) in the United States as well as in other countries because the research for their efficacy has proven positive. I liked that it stayed away from more of the experimental herbs still undergoing research, and hope that this book continues to be published with updated editions.
I gave it four stars because I think some of the recipes for treatments in the book for the teas and decoctions are unreasonably excessive with ingredients. Complimentary and synergistic is one thing, but six different herbal ingredients in an herbal tea is gratuitous, especially when, from a holistic standpoint, the vitamins and minerals in food and in supplements will harmonize with the treatment too. In my opinion the six ingredients aren't going to work any faster than the two or three you would actually really need most of the time, but that is just my own homeopathic approach, to only use what is really needed, I guess.
The herbs listed in the book and their uses fall in line with what other remedy books offer as treatments, and the information about them seems to be true today to what research studies have published.
I was happy with the information in the book and would still recommend it to someone learning or curious about natural remedies, how they work and why. For someone who has no idea, I think it is a good book from someone to learn from, including for the biological and physiological information it includes about the human body.
Hope that helps. :)
Top reviews from other countries
Well worth buying - you are far less likely to get a bad reaction to a herbal medicine than to a dose of chemicals in your system.
Arrived in good order, no hassle, excellent price and on time.
This book covers a lot of herbal remedies with clear information about conventional drugs typically used also, so the reader can make an informed choice, very helpful when discussing health plans with your G.P.