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Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

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By: Daniel E Moerman

799 pages, 150 b/w line drawings

Timber Press

Paperback | May 2009 | #184831 | ISBN-13: 9780881929874
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Hardback | May 2009 | #184832 | ISBN-13: 9781604690354
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About this book

In "Native American Medicinal Plants", anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman describes the medicinal use of more than 2700 plants by 218 Native American tribes. Information--adapted from the same research used to create the monumental Native American Ethnobotany--includes 82 categories of medicinal uses, ranging from analgesics, contraceptives, gastrointestinal aids, hypotensive medicines, sedatives, and toothache remedies. "Native American Medicinal Plants" includes extensive indexes arranged by tribe, usage, and common name, making it easy to access the wealth of information in the detailed catalog of plants. It is an essential reference for students and professionals in the fields of anthropology, botany, and naturopathy and an engaging read for anyone interested in ethnobotany and natural healing.

A beautiful tome I can in my leisure over the years turn to in order to expand my knowledge of the plants that cross my path. To be able to add to my knowledge of plants how they might have been used for thousands and thousands of years ... adds dignity and depth to the plant, to the culture that lived here before I, and to my own learning. This reference book is highly recommended!
- Kathryn Hall Plant, Whatever Brings You Joy, 2009-07-05

"This engaging read covers 82 categories of medicinal uses [and] is an easy-to-use reference perfect for the home library."
- Houston Lifestyles and Homes, 2009-12-01


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Biography

Daniel E. Moerman is the William E. Stirton Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, so recognized for his distinguished scholarship, teaching, and professional accomplishments. Because of his work in the field of Native American ethnobotany, Professor Moerman often receives calls from the American Indian community, such as an inquiry from the Menominee in Wisconsin, asking him what kinds of plants they should include in the restoration of their indigenous ecosystem. He acknowledges that we are deeply indebted "to those predecessors of ours on the North American continent who, through glacial cold in a world populated by mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, seriously, deliberately, and thoughtfully studied the flora of a new world, learned its secrets, and encouraged the next generations to study closer and to learn more. Their diligence and energy, their insight and creativity, these are the marks of true scientists, dedicated to gaining meaningful and useful knowledge from a complex and confusing world."

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