Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

by Daniel E. Moerman, Colby Eierman
     
 

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In this extraordinary compilation, anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman describes the medicinal uses of more than 3000 plants by 218 Native American tribes. Drawn from the same research in the author's monumental Native American Ethnobotany (Timber Press 1998), this new reference focuses specifically on 82 categories of medicinal uses, ranging from analgesics,

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In this extraordinary compilation, anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman describes the medicinal uses of more than 3000 plants by 218 Native American tribes. Drawn from the same research in the author's monumental Native American Ethnobotany (Timber Press 1998), this new reference focuses specifically on 82 categories of medicinal uses, ranging from analgesics, contraceptives, and gastrointestinal aids to hypotensive medicines, sedatives, and toothache remedies. The book includes extensive indexes arranged by tribe, usage, and common name that make it easy to access the wealth of information in the detailed catalog of plants. This rich compendium provides a well-organized starting point for anthropologists, botanists, phytochemists, and readers interested in ethnobotany, natural healing, and the preservation of biodiversity.

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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."
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604690354
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/13/2009
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
800
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(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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