Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

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In Native American Medicinal Plants, anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman describes the medicinal use of more than 2700 plants by 218 Native American tribes. Information — adapted from the same research used to create the monumental Native American Ethnobotany — includes 82 categories of medicinal uses, ranging from analgesics, contraceptives, gastrointestinal aids, hypotensive medicines, sedatives, and toothache remedies.

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Overview

In Native American Medicinal Plants, anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman describes the medicinal use of more than 2700 plants by 218 Native American tribes. Information — adapted from the same research used to create the monumental Native American Ethnobotany — includes 82 categories of medicinal uses, ranging from analgesics, contraceptives, gastrointestinal aids, hypotensive medicines, sedatives, and toothache remedies.

Native American Medicinal Plants
includes extensive indexes arranged by tribe, usage, and common name, making it easy to access the wealth of information in the detailed catalog of plants. It is an essential reference for students and professionals in the fields of anthropology, botany, and naturopathy and an engaging read for anyone interested in ethnobotany and natural healing.

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Editorial Reviews

PlantWhateverBringsYouJoy.com
"What is most true for me about Native American Medicinal Plants is that I now have in hand a beautiful tome I can in my leisure over the years turn to in order to expand my knowledge of the plants that cross my path. To be able to add to my knowledge of plants how they might have been used for thousands and thousands of years by the people who traversed the lands I now walk adds dignity and depth to the plant, to the culture that lived here before I, and to my own learning. This reference book is highly recommended!"
Houston Lifestyles and Homes
"What is most true for me about Native American Medicinal Plants is that I now have in hand a beautiful tome I can in my leisure over the years turn to in order to expand my knowledge of the plants that cross my path. To be able to add to my knowledge of plants how they might have been used for thousands and thousands of years by the people who traversed the lands I now walk adds dignity and depth to the plant, to the culture that lived here before I, and to my own learning. This reference book is highly recommended!"
Plant Whatever Brings You Joy Blog
“This engaging read covers 82 categories of medicinal uses [and] is an easy-to-use reference perfect for the home library.”
Choice
"Easily the most extensive and authoritative source of ethnobotanical information on native medicinal plant usage this volume…goes far beyond any other reference source on Native medicinal plants."
Choice
"What is most true for me about Native American Medicinal Plants is that I now have in hand a beautiful tome I can in my leisure over the years turn to in order to expand my knowledge of the plants that cross my path. To be able to add to my knowledge of plants how they might have been used for thousands and thousands of years by the people who traversed the lands I now walk adds dignity and depth to the plant, to the culture that lived here before I, and to my own learning. This reference book is highly recommended!"
From the Publisher
"Easily the most extensive and authoritative source of ethnobotanical information on native medicinal plant usage this volume…goes far beyond any other reference source on Native medicinal plants."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929874
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/13/2009
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 310,184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel E. Moerman is William E. Stirton Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is widely known as a leading expert in the field of ethnobotany. Dr. Moerman is the author of Native American Ethnobotany (1998), which received the 2000 Annual Literature Award from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. From 2004 to 2009, he was editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Economic Botany.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 10

Plant Use by Native Americans 12

Plants Used as Drugs 12

Appreciating the Common Knowledge of Our Past 17

Sources of Information on Plant Usages 17

Drug Usage Categories 18

Native Americans 21

Organization of Information 29

Scientific Plant Names 29

Common Plant Names 29

Ethnobotanical Information 30

Catalog of Plants 31

Bibliography 522

Index of Tribes 528

Index of Plant Usages 643

Index of Common Plant Names 751

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