The Natural Medicine Chest: Natural Medicines to Keep You and Your Family Thriving Into the Next Millennium By Dr. Ellen Kamhi Book Review & Giveaway!
About The Book
Open your medicine cabinet and take a look inside. How many pills, tablets, and bottles of syrups do you have that contain chemicals you can’t even pronounce? For every ache and ailment, there is a medical prescription. But what about the cures that have been working for centuries? What about nature’s medicines? The Natural Medicine Chest is a beautifully illustrated guide which provides the history, descriptions, research, and uses of over 100 healing herbs, foods, and nutrients.
This is an illustrated guide which provides the history, description, research and tests of over 50 healing herbs and foods.
Do you know:
- The plant that can take the place of a first-aid kit?
- The best herbs for pregnancy and labor?
- The plant that is a remedy for asthma?
- The culinary spice that is safer than aspirin and works on nausea better than Dramamine?
- The leaf that can substitute for sugar?
From aloe vera to wild yams, The Natural Medicine Chest thoroughly covers each healing element that Nature has given us.
A clear explanation of botanical herbal medicine as practiced in this country. While the authors make clear that these substances can offer real benefit, they make equally and often inadvertently clear that self-diagnosis and treatment is not a reliable route to take. Naturopath Zampieron and Kamhi (a nurse with a doctorate in public health) give a brief, accurate history of botanical medicine in America including a fresh outlook on Andrew Carnegie’s “medical thug,” Abraham Flexner (Flexner’s 1910 Carnegie-funded report on medical education is revered in the allopathic establishment as a cornerstone of our current medical education and treatment systems, but it stopped the development of herbalism and other alternative therapies cold). Many herbalists work under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner; interested readers can follow guidelines here for tracking down such herbalists. The authors discuss safety: natural does not mean safe, they point out, and give careful alerts as to interactions between herbal and pharmaceutical drugs, as well as the possibilities for abuse and allergic reactions. After describing what is known of the medicinal components found in herbs and how they are extracted to form useful preparations, Zampieron and Kamhi describe an extensive list of herbs and other plants (aloe, St. John’s Wort, parsley; also bananas, guava, pineapple, among many others). Intriguing and well-presented.