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The successful "DummiesR" series gets into the alternative health field with these two titles. Dillard, head of Oxford Health Plans's Alternative Medicine Program, and Ziporyn have done an excellent job of compiling information related to the major alternative therapies. They discuss the limitations of alternative medicine and the dilemma arising from the paucity of scientific evidence on its effectiveness. The authors define the major therapies, outline benefits vs. harmful effects, and advise readers on how to talk with their doctors about alternatives. A final section lists specific health conditions and which therapies might help. Also listed are respected web sites, databases, and other information sources. The scientific literature is referenced throughout the text; tips and informational icons, as in the rest of the series, are quite helpful. Hobbs, an herbalist and botanist, explains the benefits of using herbal remedies, their selection and safe use, and growing and making herbals at home. He also provides recipes and dosages, identifies herbs for specific groups of people (such as senior citizens), and discusses aromatherapy and healing with spices from the kitchen. For easy reference, readers will find a symptoms guide, an herb guide, and a list of herbal suppliers and associations. Although Hobbs does not include a bibliography of evidence-based data to support his therapeutic claims, he covers the topic in a knowledgeable manner. His practical guide is an excellent introduction to the ways in which herbs can be used. Both titles are recommended for public libraries.AKristine Benishek, Good Samaritan Hosp. Lib., Dayton, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"An informative, engaging, well-researched introduction to herbal medicine by one of the nation's leading scientific herbalists." — Michael Castleman, Author, The Healing Herbs and Nature's Cures "A friendly, caring guide … invaluable to all who care about their good health." — Jan Knight, Editor, Herbs for Health "From echinacea to St. John's Wort, this book presents an array of our best natural remedies." — James A. Duke, Medical Botanist (USDA, REt.) and Author of The Green Pharmacy

Discover Mother Nature's Best-Kept Medicinal Secrets Even if you can't tell garlic from ginger, you'll be fascinated by the wonderful world of herbal healing. Internationally-respected health practitioner Christopher Hobbs brings precise instructions for which herbs to take for what ails you, how much to take, and how long to take them. Millions of people all around the world are living happier, healthier lives thanks to herbs. So, don't wait any longer — whether you want to get rid of that nagging cold, reduce your risk of cancer, or simply increase your energy, turn to Herbal Remedies For Dummies®! Includes Two Guides Organized A–Z by Herbs and by Symptoms!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551277
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book very well written and very well balanced. It is invaluable for the newcomer to herbs, and would be a valuable addition to the bookshelf of a more experienced user too. It's one of those books which sits in my kitchen and gets referred to almost every day.
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I own about a dozen books on herbal medicine and I keep finding myself back to this one time and time again. It is well written with a ton of useful information ranging from uses,terminology, cautions, and best ways to use the herbs. A must have for anyone interested in herbal medicine
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I am studying herbal medicine, and this is an excellent refresher for my courses. It would also be a great introduction to all of the basic concepts of herbal medicine for non-scholastic endeavors. Christopher Hobbs is well known in the field, and a highly reliable source.
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I first have to say that I have begun to find the 'for Dummies' label a bit irritating. The first book, 'Computers for Dummies' was a clever idea in that it presented a highly technical subject and presented it in a way non-technical people could understand. Now.... there is a 'for Dummies' book on everything and there is nothing especially 'dummy-ish' about the presentation. These later dummy books, including the present one, are just regular books with a 'for Dummies' in the title.

'Herbal remedies for Dummies' is an overview of various herbs that have traditionally been used therapeutically which then presents tips and techniques for their use. The section on making various types of preparation (tincture, salves, etc) is not bad but there is nothing in the rest of the book to distinguish it from many others. Like far too many books on the subject, the author presents a mish-mash of vague notions drawn from an eclectic variety of sources and makes extravagant claims without qualifying them or even explaining the underlying terminology. For instance, we are told that such and such a herb will clear up 'liver congestion' without actually identifying what this is or how the herb is supposed to address the problem. There is no science here, just vague anecdotal evidence presented somewhat sloppily. In the section which indexes medical conditions and then lists the herbs that are used to treat them, it is suggested that those suffering menstrual cramps can find relief using Kava. In the next section, which indexes herbs and then lists the conditions for which they have a use, we find Kava alright, but then menstrual cramps is not listed underneath. This rather typifies the whole book in my mind.
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I bought this book so I could have a reference for treating myself and my family with all natural herbs. I couldn't have been more pleased with this purchase. It has everything I could ever need in it. I will probably buy other herb books just to have other references but if you are new to herbs this is the book for you. It has everything a beginner could possibly need.
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An awesome book! The author is very well versed and schooled in herbs. I feel confident to try any of the herbs he recommends for different ailments and well being. You can really learn about herbs with this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in healing and living a better life the natural way.
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I have used herbs, & herbal remedies in the past, pre internet, then sort of forgot about them. You know busy etc..When Dr.'s started to prescribe way too much medicine, I thought, DUH!

Well, I needed something easy to read because herbs, if you don't understand them, can be dangerous to your health. This book is easy to understand, and now with the internet, so I can find the herbs, all I can say is, Great!

Just from getting back on track with what my body needs, I've lost 15lbs since Thanksgiving.
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I was taught about the use of herbs over 60 years ago by my Grandmother and a friend wanted to learn about them. Most of what I know is not written down and I had no idea where to start. The information I found in this book was excellent for a beginner. The Symptom Guide is most informative and is how healing was practiced before formal (controlled) medicine existed.
The book is well organized and include many things that I was taught as a child that I might not have thought about, if I had just depended on my own recall.
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