Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

by Daniel E. Moerman


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Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary by Daniel E. Moerman

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881929874
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/13/2009
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 350,361
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Daniel E. Moerman teaches anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is widely known as a leading expert in the field of ethnobotany. Dr. Moerman received the Annual Literature Award from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries and the Distinguished Economic Botanist Award from the Society for Economic Botany.

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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