Annual Plant Reviews, vol. 33: Intracellular Signaling in Plants. Zhenbiao Yang (ed). West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell; 2008. 430 pages, hardcover, index. ISBN 1460-1494. $224.99.
This is the new addition to the increasingly popular and respected Annual Plant Reviews, a series for researchers and postgraduates in the plant sciences. This important volume focuses on major known signaling mechanisms and various representative intracellular signaling networks in plants. Leading experts in the field contribute their insights and reviews. Color diagrams of signaling pathways and other illustrations complement the subject matter.
Food Energetics: The Spiritual, Emotional, and Nutritional Power of What We Eat. Steve Gagné. Rochester, NY: Healing Arts Press; 2008. 562 pages, softcover, index. ISBN 978-159477242-9. $24.95.
This book presents the wisdom of food energetics to revitalize our connection to food and remedy our physical and psychic imbalances. Also provided is a comprehensive catalog of foods and their corresponding energetic properties as well as explanations of the spiritual effects of each food. The author aims to show how one can create truly healthy cuisine that nourishes the body and the soul.
Dietary Supplements: Pocket Companion. Pamela Mason. London, United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press; 2008. 278 pages, softcover, appendices, index. ISBN 978-0-85369-761-9. $39.95.
With 88 monographs on specific food supplement ingredients in tabular format, this conveniently small reference is designed to provide busy healthcare professionals with quick information on the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements. Included are indices on the guidance of safe upper levels of vitamins and minerals as well as drug and supplement interactions.
Garden Witch’s Herbal: Green Magick, Herbalism, and Spirituality. Ellen Dugan. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications; 2009. 298 pages, softcover, glossary, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-0-7387-1429-5. $19.95.
From common herbs and flowers to enchanted shrubs and trees, Dugan reveals the secret splendors of the plant kingdom and shares ideas for incorporating one’s garden into spellwork, sabbat celebrations, and more. The book features nearly 60 herbal illustrations to inspire and guide readers to connect with the earth.
Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs. Ricardo Ayerza Jr. and Wayne Coates. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press; 2005. 197 pages, softcover, references, index, tables. ISBN 978-0-8165-2488-4. $16.95.
Chia, one of the 4 main Aztec crops at the time of Columbus’ arrival in the New World, offers the highest omega-3 fatty acid content available from plants. It is also, among other things, a valuable source of energy. In this book, an agronomist and an agricultural engineer compare fatty acid profiles of chia with other major omega-3 sources and provide evidence of chia’s superiority. Tables, charts, and photos complement the information.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd ed. Kathi Keville and Mindy Green. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press; 2009. 245 pages, softcover, charts, appendix on botanical names of herbs, bibliography, useful resources, index. ISBN 978-1-58091189-4. $19.95. Available in ABC’s online store.
This revised edition is expanded to include the history and theory of aromatherapy as well as new sections on Ayurvedic aromatherapy, environmental sustainability, and massage therapy techniques. Providing over 100 formulas for first-aid treatments, medicinals, aphrodisiacs, skin and hair care, and massage oils, this new edition includes instructions for extracting and blending essential oils at home, updated herbal listings, and resources for making one’s own formulations.
A Patient’s Guide to Chinese Medicine: Dr. Shen’s Handbook of Herbs and Acupuncture. Joel Harvey Schreck. Point Richmond, CA: Bay Tree Publishing; 2008. 256 pages, softcover, glossary, index, appendices, useful resources. ISBN 978-0-98017580-6. $18.95.
This book provides an explanation of ancient Chinese medical theory and practice, with an emphasis on traditional Chinese herbal therapy. It also includes recommended treatments for more than 40 common ailments including acne, allergies, weight gain, and yeast infections. Detailed information on herbal properties, preparation, dosage, and effectiveness of traditional Chinese herbs is also provided. Also featured are a Chinese herb list and pronunciation guide, appendices listing the functions, correspondences, and characteristics of the body organs, and processing and purity of Chinese herbs.
Herbal Constituents: Foundations of Phytochemistry. Lisa Ganora. Louisville, CO: Herbalchem Press; 2009. 214 pages, softcover, glossary, index, references. ISBN 978-0-615-27386-0. $40.00.
In this book one will find an exploration of the concept of phytochemistry through the examination of chemical properties, solubility, and extraction of herbal constituents. Synergy and variability in herbs and formulas are also considered. Chemical structures and tables are provided for better understanding.
The Tropical Vegan Kitchen: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes From the Tropics. Donna Klein. New York, NY: Penguin Group; 2009. 178 pages, softcover, index, metric conversion chart. ISBN 978-1-55788-544-9. $18.96.
This is a culinary tour of exotic destinations around the world through easy instructions on preparing delicious meat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free dishes with ingredients readily available at any supermarket. Included is a collection of over 225 recipes complete with hints and tips for easy preparation, explanations and definitions of terms and ingredients, and nutritional analyses.
The Scientific Basis of Chinese Integrative Cancer Therapy: A Color Atlas of Chinese Anticancer Plants. Bruce W. Halstead and Terri L. Holcomb-Halstead. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books; 2002. 386 pages, hardcover, index, references. ISBN 155643-585-1. $85.00.
Examining the ancient traditional Chinese concepts of cancer therapeutics, this book presents findings on the remarkable Tien Hsien herbal products used in Asia to treat cancer. It also explores the scientific and historical basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its application in cancer treatment. A beautiful color atlas illustrates various Chinese anticancer plants, while providing scientific information on the phytochemistry and pharmacology of each plant.
Herbal Medicine: From the Heart of the Earth, 2nd ed. Sharol Marie Tilgner. Pleasant Hill, OR: Wise Acres LLC; 2009. 439 pages, softcover, references, index, appendices. ISBN 978-1-881517-03-0. $29.95.
Comprehensive information like harvesting, storage, and preparation of herbal products and formulas is included in this book. Also included is detailed information on 192 medicinal herbs with dosage, active constituents, and contraindications. Herbal compound formulas are organized by body systems. Dictionaries of herbal properties, actions, and preparations are provided for better understanding.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2nd ed. Steven B. Kayne. London, United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press; 2009. 619 pages, softcover, index, references. ISBN-13: 978-0-85369-763-3. $65.00.
Beginning with a practical introduction, this reference provides the most commonly used complementary medicines and therapies. Covering theory, practicality, safety and current scientific thinking, this edition has been updated and expanded to include new chapters covering integrative medicine, pharmacovigilance, and complementary and alternative medicine in the United States.
The Magic Teaspoon: Transform Your Meals with the Power of Healing Herbs and Spices. Victoria Zak. New York, NY: Penguin Group Inc.; 2006. 292 pages, softcover, bibliography. ISBN 0-425-20983-0. $13.00.
With 100 delicious recipes for health-boosting meals and snacks, this book promotes the use of everyday herbs and spices in cooking. Among its features are vegetable profiles, the “All-Naturals” chart that reveals best herbs and spices for specific health issues, and the creation of healing teas and energizing herbal purees.
Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications: Pharmacological Effects and Clinical Research. John K. Chen and Tina T. Chen. City of Industry, CA: Art of Medicine Press; 2009. 1622 pages, hardcover, index, references, appendices. ISBN 978-09740635-7-7. $139.95
This companion volume to Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology by the same authors aims to be a resource for general clinical practice while highlighting the pharmacological and integrative significance of Chinese herbal medicine. In this volume one will find an explanation of the pharmacology, clinical studies, and published research of Chinese herbal medicinal formulas and concurrent uses of Chinese herbal formulas and pharmaceuticals. Also in this volume are detailed traditional and modern uses, preparation, administration, dosages, combinations, cautions, contraindications, and toxicology of herbal medicine. Appendices on herbal medicine for pregnancy, postpartum care, etc. are included.