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Understanding Medicinal Plants: Their Chemistry and Therapeutic Action. Bryan A. Hanson, PhD. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Herbal Press; 2005. 307 pp., softcover, contents, 7 color photos, woodblock illustrations, tables, notes, glossary, bibliography, index. $44.95. ISBN 0-7890-1552-8.

Explains the chemistry behind medicinal herbs in a user-friendly, technical manner geared towards individuals without an intensive chemistry background. Covers medicinal molecules found in plants and the pharmacology behind their actions on the human body. Includes three case studies for reinforcement and application of concepts and principles.

Herbal Remedies on CD-ROM. Thomas Brendler, Joerg Gruenwald, and Christof Jaenicke, eds. Stuttgart, Germany: Medpharm GmbH Scientific Publishers; 2003. CD-ROM, English/German language, reference list, glossary, substance list, color photos. $88.95. ISBN 3-88763-102-1.

Covers general and botanical descriptions, etymology, habitat, toxicity, and protection status of more than 1,100 plants. Details usage, dosage, modes of action, use restrictions, characteristics, indications, and references of more than 1,200 plant drugs. Search criteria available for scientific names and synonyms, vernacular names, substances, indications, and pharmacopeias containing monographs for the plant drugs.

The Complete Revised and Updated Cancer Survival Guide. Peter Teeley and Philip Bashe. New York, NY: Broadway Books; 2005. 988 pp., soft cover, charts, diagrams, cancer resource appendices, index. $21.95. ISBN 0-7679-1989-0.

An exhaustive reference of state-of-the-art treatment options for 25 of the most common types of cancer. Contains organized explanation of cancers, diagnosis and prognosis, rationale of current treatment options and detailed contact information for leading national cancer centers and professional organizations.

Juzen-taiho-to (Shi-Quan-Bu-Tang): Scientific Evaluation and Clinical Applications. Haruki Yamada and Ikuo Saiki, eds. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis; 2005. 242 pp., hardcover, charts, graphs, b&w illustrations and pictures, medicinal formulas, references, index. $99.95. ISBN 0-415-30830-5.

An overview of the current use of Juzen-taiho-to, a formulation of herbs used in Kampo, a traditional Japanese herbal approach to healing. Describes Juzen-taiho-to in detail, including its formula, cultivation, uses, pharmacological actions, and latest research of its use in cancer treatment. Also discusses the place of Kampo in modern Japanese medicine.

Viral Immunity: A 10-Step Plan to Enhance Your Immunity Against Viral Disease Using Natural Medicines. J.E. Williams, OMD. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads; 2002. 465 pp., soft cover, charts, diagrams, lab tests, therapies, glossary, notes, references, index. $19.95. ISBN 1-57174-265-4.

A guide to improving viral immunity with natural remedies. Explains the importance of viral immunity, how the immune system succumbs to viral infections, and natural techniques in building a strong immune system including lifestyle, detoxification, antioxidants and oxidative therapies, enzymes, and herbs.

Herbal Medicine of the American Southwest. Charles Kane. Tucson, AZ: Lincoln Town Press; 2006. 307 pp., soft cover, therapeutic index, color pictures, glossary, references, index. $29.95. ISBN 0-9771333-0-3.

A reference work of more than 200 plants native to the southwest United States and how they are used in herbal medicine. Plant profiles include description, geographical distribution, chemistry, medicinal and other uses, indications, preparations, dosage, and cautions. Many of the profiles include plant illustrations and color photos for ease in identification.

Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Medicinals. W. Scott Persons and Jeanine Davis. Fairview, NC: Bright Mountain Books, Inc; 2005. 466 pp., soft cover, b&w pictures and photos, charts, references, statistics, resource directory, index. $25.00. ISBN 0-914875-42-6.

Recommended methods for growing and marketing of Eastern woodland botanicals. Detailed information on botany and usage, management practices and present market conditions. Includes sections on history, cultivation, and testimonials for 14 plants including American ginseng, goldenseal, bloodroot, wild ginger, and ramps.

Optimal Digestive Health: A Complete Guide. Trent Nichols, MD, and Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH, eds. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press; 2005. 598 pp., soft cover, charts, references, index. $19.95. ISBN 159477036-0.

Details 30 digestive diseases and disorders. Collected information and research from 25 top physicians. Up-to-date treatment options from both mainstream and alternative medicine, including herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, biofeedback and Ayurveda.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy. Orrin Devinsky, MD, Steven Schachter, MD, and Steven Pacia, MD, eds. New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing; 2005. 330 pp., hardcover, commentary, tables, index. $79.95. ISBN 1-888799-89-7.

Integrates complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into Western medicine for the treatment of epilepsy. Contains stress-reduction, nutrition, herbs, music, art, and pet therapies. Presents scientific evidence to support its approaches and rationale of treatment.

The Legacy of the Talking Crow. Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of Indian John, Medicine Man to the Settlers. Gale Wollenberg. Topeka, KS: Red Otter Graphics & Media Services. 2005. 61 pp., spiral-bound, b&w photographs, drawings and diagrams, herb lists, references. $39.95. No ISBN.

Details the life of John Jacob ÒIndian JohnÓ Derringer, an herbalist in the 1800s and early 1900s. Pictures and stories collected from various sources piece together his healing career and cross-country journeys. Contains numerous herbal remedies, methods of diagnosis, and plant collection lists that Derringer used in his practice.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: An Authoritative and Comprehensive Guide. Henry Lu, PhD. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, Inc.; 2005. 207 pp., soft cover, charts, diagrams, b&w illustrations, index. $19.95. ISBN 978-159120-132-2.

Discusses the 13 syndromes in traditional Chinese medicine that are thought to cause disease and treatments for a wide range of diseases and disorders, including those that are specific to men or women. Food and herbal cures are detailed. How, when, and why to use acupuncture is discussed. Exercise and self-massage are also addressed.

The Herbalist's Way: The Art & Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines. Revised ed. Nancy and Michael Phillips. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company; 2005. 334 pp., soft cover, b&w pictures and photos, references, glossary, directories, index. $30.00. ISBN 1-931498-76-8.

A guide to the art and practice of herbalism. Broad range of subjects including growing, drying and preparing medicinal herbs; learning to listen to clients and recommend holistic treatments for healing and wellness; licensing, marketing and other legal and business issues for herbalists; herbal workshops, conferences and education centers; and resources and suggestions for building an herbal library.