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Due to economic considerations and the natural evolution of book marketing and sales, the American Botanical Council is adding to its catalog very few of the good new books that are being published. However, we do intend to keep our readers informed of books of particular interest that have arrived in our offices. In New Book Profiles, we only describe these new books; we have not yet had them reviewed.

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Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements, 2nd edition, by Linda Skidmore-Roth, RN, MSN, NP. Mosby Inc: St. Louis, MO; 2004. 1073 pp., softcover, index, appendices, bibliographical references, glossary. $37.95 ISBN 0-323-02535-8.

Contains detailed monographs of almost 300 herbal and natural supplements, alphabetized by common name. Also contained in the book are appendices that provide information on drug interactions, pediatric indications, and a botanical atlas, as well as where to find additional useful resources.

Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs, 2nd edition, by Sandie Shores. Ball Publishing: Batavia, IL; 2003. 483 pp. hardcover, index, glossary. $34.95 ISBN 1-883052-36-X.

Details how to start your own herbal business from the basics of planting to the actual business and marketing aspects. Also included are a fairly comprehensive glossary and an appendix of resources to assist in finding the appropriate supplies.

Natural Remedies: Their Origins and Uses by Finn Sandberg and Desmond Corrigan. Taylor and Francis: New York; 2001. 169 pp., softcover, index, photos and diagrams. $32.00 ISBN 0-415-27202-5.

This is the first English book to use the Anatomical Therapeutic and Chemical classification system, which divides medicines into groups depending on what body system they effect and their therapeutic and chemical characteristics. The bulk of the book is Chapter Six, which contains the listing of condition and the herbs suggested for use and their descriptions.

The Miracle of Stevia: Discover the Healing Power of Nature’s Herbal Sweetener, by James A. May. Kensington Publishing Corp.: New York, NY; 2003, 278 pp., softcover, index, bibliographic references, appendices and recipes. $14.00 ISBN 0-7582-0220-2.

This book describes the health benefits of Stevia, its uses, the history behind its discovery, and how it was brought to the United States. Also included are testimonials from doctors and nutritionists pertaining to the efficacy of this all-natural, zero-calorie, zero-carbohydrate and zero-glycemic index sweetener.

The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, by Sheila Humphrey, BSc, RN, IBCLC. Fairview Press: Minneapolis, MN; 2003, 355 pp., softcover, index, bibliographic references and appendices. $16.95 ISBN 1-57749-118-1.

This book describes the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and infants. Topics discussed include: herbal supplements pre and post delivery, what to do if you need more or have too much breast milk, breast problems during breastfeeding, how to wean your child off breastfeeding, how to help your sick baby feel better, and how to return to fertility.

Herbal-Drug Interactions and Adverse Effects, by Richard B. Philp, DVM, Ph.D. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.: New York, NY; 2004. 335 pp., softcover, index, appendices, bibliographical references. $29.95 ISBN 0-07-142153-X.

Provides an alphabetical reference of herbal products used today including a brief description, pharmacological action, indications, adverse effects, contraindications, and complete referencing. Appendices provide charts for quick reference by indication or adverse effect, and simple name conversions from common names to Latin counterparts.

Clinical Guide to Nutrition and Dietary Supplements in Disease Management , by Jennifer Jamison, MBBCh, Ph.D., EdD, FACNEM. Churchill Livingstone: Australia; 2003. 790 pp., hardcover, index, bibliographical references. $49.95 ISBN 0-443-07193-4.

A complete nutritional guide for different disease states, focusing on diet, lifestyle, and herbal preparations. Disease states are listed in alphabetical order, and each chapter includes its own reference information for easy access to relevant sources.

Herbal Vade Mecum by Gazmend Skenderi. Herbacy Press: Rutherford, NJ; 2003. 480 pp., softcover, therapeutic checklist for various disorders, index, glossary of medical and chemical names. $24.95 ISBN 0-9713209-2-6.

This quick-reference guide provides information on the active constituents in botanical products, including properties, uses, contraindications, side effects, and possible drug interactions. Approximately 800 botanical products are covered in short monographs.

Urtica: Therapeutic and Nutritional Aspects of Stinging Nettles , edited by Gulsel M. Kavalali. Taylor & Francis: London; 2003. 83 pp., hardcover, tables, index. $89.95 ISBN 0-415-30833-X.

Provides an overview of various properties of Urtica, including chemical, pharmacological, and therapeutic uses of this botanical-specifically in benign prostatic hyperplasia. A nutrition evaluation is included, as well as information regarding specific products containing urtica.

Dietary Supplements of Plant Origin: A Nutrition and Health Approach , edited by Massimo Maffei. Taylor & Francis: London; 2003. 248 pp., hardcover, tables, appendix, index. $149.95 ISBN 0-415-30835-6.

Designed to provide current research and legislation on plants used as dietary supplements. Information includes phytochemical, physiological and biochemical aspects, as well as effects on nutrition and health, and drug interactions. Contains a chapter detailing drug-like compounds from foods, plants, and spices.

Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy , by Michael Heinrich, Joanne Barnes, Simon Gibbons, and Elizabeth M. Williamson. Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh; 2004. 309 pp., softcover, botanical glossary, index. $37.95 ISBN 0-443-07132-2.

This textbook was developed to inform professionals, students, and those interested in the scientific field about fundamental aspects of the study of drugs of natural origin, as well as their therapeutic uses. Sections include in-depth coverage of basic plant biology, natural product chemistry, plant extracts, and medicinal plants. The second half of the text is dedicated to important natural products and phytomedicines used in pharmacy and medicine, and is divided according to various systems and organs of the body.

Healing with the Herbs of Life, by Lesley Tierra, L.Ac. Crossing Press: Berkeley, CA; 2003. 438 pp., softcover, index, glossary, tables. $24.95 ISBN 1-58091-147-1.

Examines the healing properties of selected herbs in three parts. Part One focuses on educating the reader about the fundamentals of herbs. In Part Two, the etiology and treatment of selected illnesses is addressed. Part Three discusses the interrelationships of diet, seasonal changes, and alternative therapies in overall health. This book presents a large amount of information in well-organized tables and simple language. The combination of Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Western herbology discussed in this book is appropriate for beginning herbalists or trained professionals.

Vitex The Women’s Herb , by Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac. Healthy Living Publications: Summertown, TN; 2003. 95 pp., softcover, tables, list of recommended reading, appendices, references. $7.95 ISBN 1-57067-157-5.

This book examines the medicinal uses of vitex in the treatment of a variety of women’s health issues. A unique appendix summarizes the botany, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and cultivation of vitex, as well as condenses the results of clinical studies using vitex into easy-to-read tables. There is also a discussion on the safety and efficacy of synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Designed for consumers and professionals alike, this book is an excellent source for women who need help with female hormone balance.

Vine of the Soul , by R.E. Schultes, R.F. Raffauf. Synergetic Press: Santa Fe, New Mexico; 1992. 282 pp., softcover, numerous photographs, drawings. $29.95 ISBN 0-907791-31-x.

Concentrates on the medicine men of different tribes in the Colombian Amazon. Reviews the ritualistic preparation and uses of botanicals located in the region. Picture or drawing of explained topic on almost every page. Subject matter includes Indian beliefs, sacred dances, abodes of spirits, births and contraception, art and architecture, hunting and fishing rituals, and plants.

Plant-Derived Antimycotics, edited by M. Rai, D. Mares. Food Products Press: Binghamton, NY; 2003. 587 pp., softcover. $67.97 ISBN 1-56022-927-6.

Includes antimycotic potential of plant extracts and essential oils against fungal infections in humans, animals, plants, and food. The emphasis is on antimycotic plants in Central America, India, Nepal, Fiji, and China. Includes detailed description of the process used to determine antimycotic potential and potency. Comprehensive book including chemistry and mechanisms of action; probably more useful for trained professionals.

Breeding Research on Aromatic and Medicinal Plants, edited by C.B. Johnson, C. Franz. Haworth Herbal Press: Binghamton, NY; 2002. 435 pp., softcover. $49.95 ISBN 0-7890-1973-6.

Divided into four sections including “Conventional Breeding,” “Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics and Physiology,” “Biodiversity and Conservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Resources,” and “Economical, Ethical and Legal Aspects.” Included are a few tables, graphs, drawings, and pictures of topics discussed. Provides information on over 35 aromatic and medicinal plants.

This Way Forward for Chinese Medicine , edited by K. Chan, H. Lee. Taylor and Francis: New York, 2002. 472 pp., softcover. $79.95 ISBN 0-415-27720-5.

Published for use by practitioners of Chinese and orthodox medicine as well as other interested health care professionals. Includes some tables and illustrations. Begins with the evolution of Chinese and orthodox medicine in China, and their philosophical aspects. Second section focuses on the practice of Chinese medicine. Section three deals with the progress of Chinese medicine and related practices in other countries. The final section contains a few chapters on concluding issues such as how to teach and train Chinese medicine in English.

Botanical Latin, 4th ed . WT Stearn, Timber Press Inc.: Portland, OR; 2004. 546 pp. softcover. $29.95 ISBN 0-88192-627-2.

Fourth edition in this series of botanical guides that summarizes the grammar and syntax of botanical Latin. Also covers the origins of Latin and Latinized geographical names, symbols, abbreviations, descriptions and diagnoses, and the formation of names and epithets. First edition as a softcover.

Healing Without Medication, by Robert S. Rister. Basic Health Publications, Inc.: North Bergen, New Jersey; 2003. 738 pp., softcover, index, notes, charts. $24.95 ISBN 1-59120-017-2.

Separated into three parts, this book provides information on how to treat more than 300 health conditions with herbs. Part one has information on conditions and their non-pharmaceutical treatments. Part two covers subjects such as traditional uses, dosage information and research study information about more than 150 dietary supplements. Part three contains important information about drug interactions.


The Book of Ginseng, by Stephen Fulder. Healing Arts Press: Rochester, Vermont; 1993. 328 pp., softcover, index, notes. $14.95 ISBN 0-89281-491-8.

This book examines the Ginseng root and other "kingly remedies" of Chinese herbal medicine, emphasizing their wide variety of uses and the need to take advantage of their potential in this age of rising healthcare costs and unpleasant side effects of manufactured medications.



The Oxford Book of Health Foods, by J.G. Vaughan, P.A. Judd. Oxford University Press: New York; 2003. 188 pp., hardcover, index, glossary, illustrations. $27.95 ISBN 0-19-850459-4.

Accented by beautiful illustrations, this book has entries covering more than one hundred plants that are beneficial to human health. The introduction contains an overview of basic nutrition concepts, with the following plant entries discussing how each plant fits into those concepts, as well as the claims and myths about the properties of the plant and scientific evidence that backs up or refutes those claims.


Pulmonarias and the Borage Family, by Masha Bennett. Timber Press, Inc.: Portland, Oregon; 2003. 240 pp., index, bibliography, glossary, photos. $39.95 ISBN 0-88192-589-6.

A book devoted to the taxonomic family Boraginaceae, with over 200 species and hundreds of varieties. Some of the best-known members of the family are covered, including forget-me-nots, comfrey, and borage as well as the lesser-known plants. While the book is light on information about the medicinal uses for the plants, it is an excellent reference source for botanists and gardeners.


The ITIC International Dictionary of Toxicology, compiled and edited by Gaston Vettorazzi, MD, BA, MS, PhD, ATS (Fellow). ITIC Press: San Sebastián, Spain; 2001. 560 pp., bibliographical sources, indices in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. $185.00 ISBN 84-607-1803-4.

More than 2,500 terms, abbreviations and acronyms frequently used in publications around the world concerning food, food additive, and food contaminant issues as well as environmental and toxicological areas. The multilingual indices make this a useful reference tool when reading or writing international copy.



User’s Guide to Nutritional Supplements, edited by Jack Challem. Basic Health Publications: North Bergen, New Jersey; 2003. 327 pp., softcover, index, charts. $19.95 ISBN 1-59120-067-9.

This book is a guide for anyone who wants information on popular nutritional supplements. Summaries of research, suggestions for dosage size and form and possible interactions between the supplements and foods and drugs are part of each chapter, each one focusing on a particular supplement.



Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients, Fourth Edition, edited by Raymond C. Rowe, Paul J. Sheskey, Paul J. Weller. Pharmaceutical Press: Grayslake, Illinois; 2003. 776 pp., hardcover, index, photos, charts. $299.95 ISBN 0-85369-472-9.

Completely updated and revised, this edition contains physical and chemical properties, uses and safety information for more than 200 excipients. Designed for professionals that work with the development, production or regulation of pharmaceuticals.

Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference edited by Sean C. Sweetman. Pharmaceutical Press: Grayslake, Illinois; 2002. 2483 pp., hardcover, index, manufacturer’s directory. $350.00 ISBN 0-85369-499-0.

Designed for use by pharmacists and physicians, this book contains more than 5,000 monographs on drugs and medicines used worldwide. Also included are proprietary preparations from different countries, both prescriptions and over-the-counter. To order this book from ABC, click here.

Mosby’s Handbook of Drug-Herb and Drug-Supplement Interactions, edited by Richard Harkness, Pharm, CDM, FASCP, and Steven Bratman, MD. Mosby: St. Louis, MO; 2003. 478 pp., softcover. $34.95 ISBN 0-323-02014-3.

Organized alphabetically by drug name, there is an entry for each drug-herb and drug-supplement combination where evidence concludes there is an interaction. Information covered within each entry includes related drugs, interaction summary, discussion of the interaction, management suggestions, and references.

Women and Cannabis, edited by Ethan Russo, MD, Melanie Dreher, PhD, Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN. The Haworth Press Inc.: New York; 2003. 187 pp., softcover, index, bibliographical references, charts and photos. $24.95 ISBN 0-7890-2101-3.

Eleven articles focusing on the effects of medical marijuana in female-specific conditions with emphasis on reproductive issues. Also discussed is the use of cannabis in Jamaica by women trying to kick cocaine habits and the effects of cannabis in treating multiple sclerosis, dysmenorrhea, fibromyalgia, migraine, and rheumatoid arthritis in women.

The Healing Trail: A Guide to the Health Benefits of the Essential Oils of Madagascar, by Georges M. Halpern, MD, PhD, with Peter Weverka. Basic Health Publications Inc.: North Bergen, NJ; 2003. 172 pp., softcover, index, bibliographical references, appendices, and photos. $14.95 ISBN 1-59120-016-4.

This book discusses the essential oils that can be found in the rainforests of Madagascar. Eight essential oils are highlighted with histories and the chemical and botanical makeup of each explained. The essential oils’ role in aromatherapy as well as in the perfume, cosmetic and food industries is also included. Emphasis is placed on the need to conserve the rainforests from which these valuable oils are obtained.

The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions, by J.T. Garrett. Bear & Co.: Rochester, VT; 2003. 274pp., softcover, illustrations, bibliography and medicine formulas. $15.00 ISBN 1-8791-8196-7.

This book is a practical guide based on Cherokee herbal medicine. Discussing the use of more than 450 North American plants and their use in the treatment of more than 120 conditions. Also included are traditional teaching stories used by the Cherokee for generations to explain the origin of illnesses, animal myths connected to medicine, and how plants were named.

Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas, by Surendra Bahadur Shahi, Christian Rätsch, Claudia Müller-Ebeling. Inner Traditions Intl. Ltd.: Rochester, VT; 2002. 320pp., hardcover, index, bibliographical index, photos and illustrations. $49.95 ISBN 0-8928-1913-8.

Filled with beautiful photographs of traditional Himalayan artwork and shamanistic ritual, this book gives a rich and detailed look at the shamans and tantricas of Nepal. Drawing from 18 years of field research by the authors, and the help of five shamans, this book explores the psychological, cultural, and historical facets of herbal medicine and healing in this remote part of the world.

Treating Cancer with Herbs: An Integrative Approach, by Michael Tierra LAc, ND, AHG. Lotus Press: Twin Lakes, WI; 2003. 528pp., softcover. $27.95 ISBN 0-9149-5593-4.

This book examines the benefits of herbal medicine in cancer treatment when used with other techniques to attend to the whole patient, not just the cancer. Minor diagnosis steps, plant description and use suggestions, and additional methods of treatment are included.

Healing Plants of Peninsular India, by John A. Parrotta. CABI Publishing, CAB International: New York; 2001. 994pp., hardcover, index, glossary, photos. $140.00 ISBN 0-8519-9501-2.

Descriptions and medicinal uses of more than 500 plants found in Central and Southern India. In addition to the scientific name of plants, common names are provided in more than 14 different languages.

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers, by Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Christian Rätsch. Healing Arts Press: Rochester, VA; 2002. 208pp., illustrated, photos. $29.95 ISBN 0-8928-1979-0.

This revised and expanded edition of the 1992 book of the same name explores the medicinal and ritual use of more than 90 types of plants. The botanical and phytochemical characteristics of these plants are laid out in charts and illustrations and photographs.

300 Herbs: Their Indications & Contraindications (A Materia Medica & Repertory), by Matthew Alfs. Old Theology Book House: New Brighton, MN; 2003. 216pp., softcover. $25.00 ISBN 0-9612-9644-5.

The first part of this book offers an introduction to the theories and practices of the four major systems of herbal medicine, the Unani Tibb, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and American eclecticism. Throughout the second section, references are made to these systems in the list of 300 herbs and the conditions they can be used for. The third section is a list of conditions, with specific subcategories, and the herbs that can be used to treat them. Common names are used for plants in both sections, but there is an index of plants by their scientific name.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Clinic Design, by Robert A. Roush, PhD. Haworth Integrative Healing Press: New York; 2003. 158pp., hardcover, charts. $39.95 ISBN 0-7890-1803-9.

An overview of different systems of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and marketing information from patients, physicians and holistic practitioners to guide directors of clinics in the use of the systems to the highest advantage to patients. Systems included are Mind/Body Interventions, Biological-based, Energy/Metaphysical, and Manipulative/Body-based Therapies.

Plant Medicine in Practice: Using the Teachings of John Bastyr, by William A. Mitchell, Jr., ND. Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone: St. Louis, MO; 2003. 458 pp., hardcover. £42.99 (US$61.50) ISBN 0-4430-7238-8.

This practical herbal text is based on the teachings and practice of John Bastyr, the famous naturopathic physician. Organized by uses for plants, such as antibacterials, digestants, fungicides, and sedatives, then lists the plants recommended by the author, it stresses practical experience with herbs rather than relying on data from studies. It also suggests dosages different from what is usually prescribed and suggests herbs that are not usually found in studies or books.

Dietary Options for Cancer Survivors, edited by Glen Welden. American Institute for Cancer Research: Washington, DC; 2002. 166 pp., softcover, index, references, glossary. $15.95 ISBN 0-9722522-0-7.

Information is provided for dietary practices that can affect the chances of recurrence of cancers. For each type of supplement or food, research supporting or contradicting it is presented. This book is designed to give cancer patients clear and useful information to aid in dietary decision making.

Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, edited by Chun-Su Yuan, MD, PhD, Eric J. Bieber, MD. CRC Press: New York; 2003. 404 pp., hardcover, index, references, illustrations, charts, glossary for each chapter. $99.95 ISBN 1-84214-134-1.

Designed as a CAM overview for non-CAM practitioners, this textbook covers information about a variety of CAM methods, a few of which are herbs, homeopathy, meditation, biofeedback, prayer, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine. Attention is paid to how methods are used in a clinical setting and interactions with conventional medicine.

Potter’s Herbal Cyclopedia, by Elizabeth M. Williamson, BSc, PhD, MRPharmS, FLS. The C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd.: Essex, United Kingdom; 2003. 503pp., softcover, index, illustrations. $39.95 ISBN0-85207-361-5.

First published in 1907, as Potter’s New Cyclopedia, this book has been a source of valuable herbal information for scientists, medical and herbal practitioners and laypersons. This new printing has been expanded with the latest information for 700 plants, with details on a plant’s habitat, medicinal uses, and preparation and dosage.

Green Pharmacy: The History and Evolution of Western Herbal Medicine, by Barbara Griggs. Healing Arts Press: Rochester, Vermont; 1997. 432 pp., softcover, index, notes. $19.95 ISBN 0-89281-727-6.

This book examines the people, ideas, and discoveries that have molded Western herbal medicine, discussing the use of herbs stretching back to prehistoric times. Attention is paid to forces in society and industry that have harmed and helped herbal medicine, with emphasis on appreciating herbal medicine in this era of manufactured medicines.

Clinical Botanical Medicine,by Eric Yarnell, ND, RH, Kathy Abascal, BS, JD, Carol G. Hooper, MD, MPH. Mary Ann Liebert Publishers: Larchmont, New York; 2003. 418pp., hardcover, index, charts, photos. $99.00 ISBN 0-913113-95-6.

Designed for medical practitioners, this book contains both historic and scientific background to support the use of certain herbs. Organized by illness or condition, the chapters have a listing of suggested herb and a description of studies done to support this suggestion.