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Medicinal Plants of the World

By Ben-Erik van Wyk and Michael Wink

An in-depth, scientifically accurate, superbly presented, seminal survey and guide to the best-known medicinal plants.

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Medicinal Plants of the World is a comprehensive and scientifically accurate guide to the best-known and most important medicinal plants. The book includes descriptions of more than 300 medicinal plants and their close relatives. Each entry gives a short summary with a description of the plant, the geographical origin, therapeutic category, historical and modern uses, active ingredients, and pharmacological effects. More than 500 full-color photographs assist in the identification of the plants. It is an essential reference guide for health care professionals — doctors, nurses, and especially pharmacists — or anyone with an interest in medicinal plants and their uses.

Media reviews

"This stunning new book is a user-friendly guide to 320 plants."

—J. S. Whelan, Choice

"Medicinal Plants of the World is a scientifically accurate guide to the best-known and most important medicinal plants of special commercial or historical interest which is a rapidly expanding field."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"The best comprehensive resource guide I have seen on this subject."

—Rahul Patel, Hold Onto Your Dream Newsletter

"This book would make a great textbook and an important addition to any physician's shelf."

—Michelle A. Briggs, Plant Science Bulletin

"Comprehensive and scientifically accurate."

—Asha McElfish, Sida, Contributions to Botany

"A succinct and handy guide."

Plant Talk

"A great guide, the book's photos are helpful for confirming identification, the information is detailed for use in analytical processes as well as for a lay herbalist."

Economic Botany

"Medicinal Plants of the World gives readers a bird's-eye-view of more than 320 of the best-known medicinal plants in use today. More than 500 full-color photographs assist in the identification of the plants. It is an essential reference guide for healthcare professionals — doctors, nurses, and especially pharmacists — or anyone with an interest in medicinal plants and their uses."

Biology Digest

"This book is truly a detailed roadmap to both common and unusual plants used for healing. Any flora buff would be remiss not to catch this book, perfect for any home library."

—Emily Gaither, Greene County Independent

"An in-depth, scientifically accurate, superbly presented, seminal survey and guide to the best-known medicinal plants ... a reference that health care professionals will relish and refer to time and time again."

Bookwatch

"This reference also serves as a stellar photographic guide to therapeutic plants."

—Edward L. Gonzalez, American Reference Books Annual

"The text is a handsomely and profusely illustrated dictionary-type reference."

Plant Talk

"Not only beautiful to look at, but essential for anyone interested in alternative medicine ... a 'must have.'"

—Tim Smith, WUSB 90.1 FM

"An impressive photographic guide to the most commonly used and best known medical plants of the world."

—Lynn C. Westney, E-Streams

"For health care professionals, pharmacists, chemists, botanists, and anyone with a keen interest in medicinal plants."

Northeastern Naturalist

"This book is truly a detailed roadmap to both common and unusual plants used for healing. Any flora buff would be remiss not to catch this book, perfect for any home library."

—Julie Gaither, Tallahassee Democrat

"Once again, Timber Press are to be congratulated on publishing these books."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"An impressive guide to the best known and most important medicinal plants in the world."

Santa Cruz Sentinel

"With the recent proliferation of books on medicinal plants, a text in this area has to really stand out with unique information or really good colored pictures. Medicinal Plants of the World satisfies these two requirements."

—Arthur Tucker, Brittonia

About the authors

Ben-Erik van Wyk

Ben-Erik van Wyk is a professor of botany at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His scientific field of interest is in plant classification, ethnobotany, and useful plants.

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Michael Wink

Michael Wink is a professor of pharmaceutical biology and a director of the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He is an authority on secondary metabolites of plants and their pharmacological effects.

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$49.95

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