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Herbal Medicine Trends and Traditions: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on the Preparation and Use of Medicinal Plants. Charles W. Kane. Oracle AZ: Lincoln Town Press; 2009. Hardcover; 325 pages. ISBN–13: 978-0-9771333-3-8. $79.95.

This book explores the use of nearly 100 of the most popular medicinal plants. Each entry includes a botanical description, as well as information on distribution, chemistry, medicinal use, collection methods, preparation and dosage, and cautions. Among the appendices are a therapeutic index and one that focuses on family grouping. A general index is also provided.

Clinical Natural Medicine Handbook. Chris Meletis, Nieske Zabriskie, and Robert Rountree. New Rochelle, NY: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 2008. Hardcover; 465 pages. ISBN–13: 978-0-913113-44-8. $99.00.

Written by practicing clinicians, this book has over 30 disease- or condition-specific chapters, focusing on natural, nutritional, and botanical approaches to treatment.

Focusing on the most common diseases and conditions, it includes integrative treatment guidelines, dosage recommendations that take into account nutrient-drug interactions, and quick reference charts.

Pocket Atlas of Chinese Medicine. Marnae Ergil and Kevin Ergil. New York, NY: Thieme; 2009. Paperback; 403 pages. ISBN–13: 978-3-13-141611-7. $49.95.

This comprehensive book on the field of Chinese medicine includes information on the clinical practice of acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition therapy, and more. It also provides the theories, characteristics, concepts, philosophy, and culture behind Chinese medicine. The book is conveniently-sized and illustrated.

The Science Behind Aloe: The Healing Plant. Bill McAnalley (ed). Self-published, 2009. Hardcover; 171 pages. ISBN–13: 978-0-615-26394-6. $28.97.

This books presents information on several aspects of aloe, including history, components, proper processing and manufacturing practices, effects and physiology, and its beneficial compounds. Each chapter has thorough references, color graphics, and illustrations. A glossary and overall reference section are also included.

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life: A Guide to Many Practices. Michael Caduto. Skylight Paths Publishing; 2007. Paperback; 183 pages. ISBN–13: 978-1-59473-174-7. $16.99.

Exploring the current and historical role of ethnobotany, this book examines herbs used for healing and spirituality in rituals and ceremonies throughout history and across many traditions. Throughout the book are instructions for activities and simple herbal ceremonies that readers can engage in individually or with their friends and families. Also included is an appendix and a glossary/ index of herbs and flowers.

How to Prevent Prostate Problems. Frank Murray. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications; 2009. Paperback; 282 pages. ISBN–13: 978-1-59120-242-4. $18.95.

This resource explores ways in which vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other supplements can be beneficial in the treatment and/or avoidance of benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer, and other diseases. This book also contains a glossary, a list of helpful resources, and references.