American Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Guide

 American Medicinal Plants

American Medicinal Plants:  An Illustrated And Descriptive Guide
To The American Plants Used As Homopathic Remedies: Their History, Preparation, Chemistry And Physiological Effects

 

 

by Charles Frederick Millspaugh

American Medicinal Plants is an illustrated and descriptive guide to the American plants used as homopathic remedies: their history, preparation, chemistry and physiological effects.

Did you know the root of the common iris found throughout the United States was reputed by the American Indians to be a remarkable cure for gastric disturbances? or that hops — aside from being used in brewing — were noted for their sedative qualities? There are hundreds of different plants growing wild throughout the United States that over the centuries have become recognized for their medicinal qualities.

Charles F. Millspaugh’s was an American botanist and was educated at Cornell and the New York Homeopathic Medical College.  His American Medicinal Plants was one of the first works to catalog these many plants and to present thorough exacting descriptions of them as well as their uses and properties to the layman.

After general descriptions of the order and genus, every plant is presented in botanical sequence. Common and scientific names are given along with the name of the botanist who classified it. Then follows a detailed description of the plant with full information on its size, color, shape, range, habitat, and other distinguishing characteristics. The uses of the plant for medicinal purposes are equally detailed, citing observations from the time of the Greeks up to the near present. Each disease or ailment it is reported to have an effect upon is noted, as well as are the plant’s adverse or toxic effects. Methods of preparation are dutifully given along with the chemical constituents extracted from the plant.

Altogether 180 individual plants are covered — each with a beautifully laid-out full page illustration.

 

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