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The Green Pharmacy

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Thousands of safe, natural remedies lie untapped in jungles, forests and herbal gardens throughout the world. Now, in Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke (with illustrations by Peggy Kessler Duke),America's foremost authority on medicinal plants and herbs shares his knowledge of these hidden reserves of healing power.

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Paperback, 528 pages
Published July 30th 1999 by Rodale Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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I call this book my "Herb Bible" because I always start with the Green Pharmacy when looking for at-home remedies. This book is in no way disdainful of Western medicine, but gives a host of low-cost alternatives for treatments you may be able to employ at home. There are many reasons I love this book including the author's easy, down-to-earth writing style. The book is organized alphabetically by ailment, so you can easily look up "headache", "bunions", "infertility" or "cold and flu". You can a ...more
A great beginning reference for herbal and dietary solutions for common diseases. I use this often as a starting point for research. It is amazing how much diet can help in disease. Did you know that walnuts are a good dietary source of seratonin and can help curb appetite? Who knew? (Also, note that raising the levels of serotonin in the body is an accepted method in combatting depression.) Did you know that pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are high in the amino acid tryptophan, a raw material ...more
Laura Doyle
The best herb reference book yet. Categorized by physical ailment rather than herb for easy use.
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
Also posted on my site The Paperback Stash

Duke's knowledge and expertise in the fields of research come across loud and clear without him having to pronounce it boldly. Reading the back of the book and seeing his credentials was almost as enjoyable as reading the book itself. Much of the text is taken over with research, combined with his own uses, things he's heard, seen, and believe.

I do find a fault. I have to credit Henrietta Kress for this, though, as she said it first and I realized I agre
Sep 12, 2011 GardenSinger rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
I love this little reference book! It stays in a special place and is constantly being used by both myself and my husband. It is a must-have-handy type of book for everyone.
A Absolutely great resource for alternative medicine - herbs, tinctures, great suggestions. A wonderful resource.
Everyone should have this book. It has been useful time and again to me and my family.
Hoje em dia o ser humano procura voltar um pouco atrás no que respeita aos produtos biológicos, fazendo o mesmo no que respeita à saúde, pois, cada vez mais, está-se a redescobrir o uso curativo de centenas de plantas, fruto também de uma apurada análise e investigação das mesmas. Plantas utilizadas durante centenas de anos que, face ao desenvolvimento da medicina, caíram no esquecimento ou então começaram a ser vista como mesinhas antiquadas quando, essas mesmas plantas, estão na origem da maio ...more
After an introduction chapter on how to use herbs, James Duke has compiled an extensive alphabetical listing of ailments and recommendations for herbal treatments. He includes everything from 'Asthma' to 'Diabetes' to 'Warts' to 'Constipation ' ... it is very comprehensive. There is repetition (garlic is an effective remedy for a lot of things), but the way it is set up makes the repetition helpful. The same remedy may be listed in 'Virus' and 'Tonsilitis', for example. Rather than reading the b ...more
Interesting. I checked out all the herb books from the library to see how they related to each other. Some agree, some disagree. This one was organized by ailment so it was very redundant to read. However, if you were going to use it as a reference, it would be easy to find what you were looking for.

I am much more likely to trust an experienced real-life person than a book when it comes to healing yourself. Dosage is just as important with herbs as with "modern" medicine and it isn't something c
Sep 19, 2011 Lisse rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in healthy lifestlyes, natural healing
This is a great go-to book for herbal ideas to help you in your matter what your issue may be. I was pleasantly surprised by the vast amount of ailments mentioned in the book and the many different herbs recommended to help those ailments. I like that the author is personable, talking about what herbs he'd recommend if his daughter suffered from a certian issue, etc.

I got this from the library, but it'd definitely be a nice one to have hanging around the house to check into his sugg
I picked this book up after finding it in many of the reference guides/indexes of several other herbal remedy books I had read and/or thumbled through. Why not go back the source? I'm really glad I bought this book. Since reading it, it has become my number one reference book. While the aliments listed at the beginning may appear a little limited don't let it fool you. This book is chalked full of great tips and advice.
This is my go to book for herbs to look up remedies under the ailment. James Duke is brilliant, has a Ph.D. and has worked extensively with herbs. I went to hear him speak at a weekend conference at Bastyr University I attended and was in awe of this man. The book is easy to understand, laid out well and one of the very best of my many herbal books.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! I am in 6th grade, and it still captivates me!!!!!!!! i have a copy at home, and look at it at leaast once a week. I am now enlightened to the great possibilities of herbs and their medicinal properties (my 5th grade report). A truly wonderful read.
Jack Hansen
Educational and delightful to read. Care for oneself by making teas and tinctures from the plants, bushes, and trees that are all around us. Responsible warnings are also provided as some concoctions can be deadly if taken without proper trepidation and respect.
Chock full of great information on almost any ailment you can imagine.

Very interesting story of a young naturalist as well.
This is a well written book. It is filled with great ideas and easy to understand remedies for all kinds of maladies.
Now if I only had some bloodroot and purslane, I could cure this gingivitis..
Grandma Judy
Good herbal cures for what ails you.
New way to look at food.
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Dr. James A. Duke, PhD, Ethnobotanist, PhD in Botany (UNC, Chapel Hill; Phi Beta Kappa; Distinguished Alumnus), served 3 years with Missouri Botanical Garden, 7 years with Battelle Memorial Institute in Panama, Colombia and Columbus Ohio, as an ecologist; and 27 years as economic botanist, with USDA in Beltsville, Md, On Sept. 30, 1995, he retired from the USDA. Before retiring, Dr. Duke brought h ...more
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