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Herbs Demystified: A Scientist Explains How the Most Common Herbal Remedies Really Work (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. Dezember 2005


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The scores of books on herbs already available generally restate old, often outdated lore about herbs. Now, Herbs Demystified does something entirely different: It is the first book to explain exactly what herbs actually do inside our bodies and how they achieve their effects. Biochemist Holly Phaneuf covers 100 of the most popular herbs-astragalus, black cohosh, chamomile, echinacea, garlic, gingko, ginseng, milk thistle, pine bark extract, saw palmetto, valerian, and many others. Phaneuf's introductory overview lays out the basic chemical principles that underlie the journey herbal molecules make in our bodies. Then, for each of the herbs, she covers its history and folklore; explains what the herb really does-its evidence of action; its good uses and not so good uses, including the forms in which it is typically available and commonly reported dosages; interesting facts and the bottom line. Like no other herb book before, Herbs Demystified allows readers to custom-fit an herb to one's own particular concern, therefore minimizing trial and error.

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If You Own Only One Book on Herbs, This is Your Book 6. Dezember 2005
Von Laura Schmidt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
If you want the truth about herbs told in a clear and humorous manor, this is the book for you. It is so refreshing to read the facts about herbs uncolored by all the hype and misinformation out there from supplement companies and certain quack herbal "experts". Dr. Phaneuf writes in a fun and informative style, starting out with the sometimes hilarious background and folklore for each of the herbs covered. She then explains what actual effects (as determined by science and clinical trials - what a concept!) each herb has or doesn't have. It shouldn't surprise anyone that some of the most hyped herbs have the least actual effects, yet many others have amazing and real effects. I was most surprised that because of her clear writing, I could actually understand things about herbal molecules and what they would do in my body. Thanks to this book, I'm going to make sure I get enough omega-3 oils, and will have some wintergreen on hand for sore muscles. I'll also surely enjoy my spicy food more! (thanks to capsaicin) Highly recommended.
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essential reading! 16. Dezember 2005
Von Dr. V. Shlongotz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book is phenomenal! It's full of specific information that gives the layperson the ability to research herbs. Coming from a scientific background, Dr. Phaneuf gives us the how and why of herbs to the best of our current knowledge. This book helps to clear up the misinformation, rumor and claims about herbs and herbal supplements and what they do. This book provides scientific evaluation of what is currently known about many of the most commonly used herbs. I find the book to be entertaining as well. Dr. Phaneuf has a great sense of humor that finds it's way into discussions about chemistry and double blind studies. Buy this book!
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A valuable book save one concern: 28. Februar 2006
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
4 stars is an average:

3 stars for implying that only Western Science's double-blind, placebo controlled studies are of any worth.

5 stars for: readablity, layout & format, for including some of the fun and interesting history and folklore, for value, and for the personal anecdotes as well as for explaining, in layman's terms, the science behind the studies. I especially applaud that last point, the author's ability to explain the concepts behind the science in layman's terms.

Since I seem so impressed (I am. btw), it might seem churlish of me to subtract those two stars for the implication that Western "science" is the only way to look at things in general and herbs in particular. I don't think so. I have long training-nearly life long, in fact-training in alternative medicine and other alternative ideas. Therefore I am qualified to benefit from the Western science information and also to ignore or modify for myself the author's bias against traditional information.

I am guessing that's not so of the many readers of this book, not the least because this book is targeted at a general audience, and therefore this bias is quite a large deficiency in my opinion. Further, Dr Phaneuf, in ignoring some of the traditional information available on particular herbs, fails to give some of the traditional cautions and contraindication for certain herbs. That too I find a deficiency. Although I fully agree with the author that some traditional references like "this herb is good for the liver" are useless and possibly dangerous if relied upon, but that's certainly not all there is available in the way of traditional information. If this book were not aimed at a general audience I would not feel compelled to make such an issue of this.

Otherwise, I expect this book will be a valued addition to my library and I congratulate Dr. Phaneuf on an entertaining book in a very accessible format.
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Demystified.. 18. Februar 2007
Von Michael J. Mueller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Definitely one of the better books on these subjects. Good consistent format as the author systematicaly goes through each herb- increased my understanding of how these substances may be used or misused. This book is a must have for anyone supplimenting with herbs- it helps you know what kind of questions you should be asking about any suppliment you may be considering so that even if it isn't covered in this book you know what you don't know before you go searching for answers. It really made me skeptical about other books I ordered which recommend everything on the shelf to everyone. I recommend everyone obtain this book and confront herbalists and other authors with the insights you gain from this book before blindly supplimenting.
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Fun and Informative Read! 25. Februar 2006
Von Linda G. Jeschofnig - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
It's wonderful to finally have a real Ph.D. scientist take the mystery out of all the herbal offerings in the world and learn what really works plus why and how! In addition, Dr. Phaneuf has a delightful and engaging writing style that makes learning serious chemistry both enjoyable and accessible to the lay reader.
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