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Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System Paperback – June 7, 2004
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"Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is the first guide to the natural healing powers of the prickly pear cactus." (The Metaphysical Buyers Guide, 2004)
"The prickly pear cactus may become an herbal superstar. . . . Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is a unique and invaluable contribution to alternative medicine reference collections." (The Midwest Book Review, April, 2005)
"The prickly pear is one of the most widespread cacti on Earth and has some of the most diverse uses, both as food and medicine. This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its increased acceptance into modern herbalism." (Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council and editor of HerbalGram)
"As an herbalist and ethnobotanist, I have scoured the literature to find more details about the use of these curious plants. My search has been rewarded by the publication of Ran Knishinsky's new book, Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine. He has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This, the only cactus widely available in American supermarkets, is poised to become a dietary staple and Knishinsky's book provides the spark to move prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance." (David Winston, AHG, dean of the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine and chair of the Ad)
"A wonderful book about a wonderful herb. An excellent blend of good science and real life apllications showing the relevance of prickly pear in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol management and a range of immunological problems. The wealth of gourmet recipes and practical guidelines will prove invaluable to the many people that prickly pear will benefit." (David Hoffman, FNIMH, AHG, author of Medical Herbalism and The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal)
"For paean to the prickly pear, and as a source of good practical information about its uses, this book is an excellent resource." (New Mexico, June 2005, Vol. 83, No. 6)
". . . how intriguing it is that prickly pear cactus grows so profusely here in the Southwest and is also the treatment for a disease that is epidemic here amongst the native people." (Celeste Bonde, Southwest Book Views, Winter, 2005)
From the Back Cover
“A comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its acceptance into modern herbalism.”
--Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council and editor of HerbalGram
“An excellent blend of good science and real life applications.”
--David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG, author of Medical Herbalism and The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal
“Ran Knishinsky has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This book provides the spark to move the prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance.”
--David Winston, AHG, dean of the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine
The prickly pear cactus--a plant that has the distinction of being a vegetable, fruit, and flower all in one--may be destined to be the next big herbal superstar, following in the footsteps of St. John’s wort and Echinacea. One of the driving forces behind its popularity is that each part of this plant functions as both food and medicine. It has been a staple in the diets of the people of the southwestern portion of the United States, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Africa, and Central and South America for hundreds of years.
Traditionally, the prickly pear cactus has been used as a panacea for over 100 different ailments. Its use in the treatment of diabetes is now gaining attention in scientific circles, and it has been the subject of blood cholesterol research trials sponsored by the American Heart Association. In addition to the results of recent scientific research, Knishinsky also includes ethnobotanical information on the use of prickly pear cactus in treating obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and skin ailments. A resource section details the natural food companies that supply prickly pear cactus and a chapter of recipes offers twenty-four traditional and modern dishes using the pads and fruit of the cactus.
RAN KNISHINSKY is a professional health researcher and writer and is the founder of NutraConsulting, a consulting firm to the natural products industry. He frequently appears on radio and is the author of The Clay Cure and The Prozac Alternative.
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