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Ran Knishinsky is a professional health researcher and writer and the founder of NutraConsulting, a consulting firm to the natural products industry. He is the author of The Clay Cure and The Prozac Alternative.
"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."
"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."
"For paean to the prickly pear, and as a source of good practical information about its uses, this book is an excellent resource."
"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 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."
"Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is the first guide to the natural healing powers of the prickly pear cactus."
1 Cactus Medicine
2 What Is a Cactus?
3 The Healing Parts of the Prickly Pear Cactus
4 The Cactus-Diabetes Connection
5 The Cactus-Cholesterol Connection
6 Other Benefits of and Treatments Using Prickly Pear Cactus
7 Application and Dosage of Prickly Pear Cactus
8 Picking and Preparing the Prickly Pear
9 Cactus Cooking
Appendix A Prickly Pear Suppliers
Appendix B Herbal Education and Natural Product Services
Appendix C General Resources for Diabetes and Heart Disease