handbook Medicinal Herbs 2nd edition

Medicinal Herbs 2nd edition Handbook pdf free By James A. Duke

Direct Download Free pdf file of Handbook Medicinal Herb second edition by James A.duke, This awesome book was first published in 2003. By the time this second edition is published, the first edition of the Handbook of Medicinal Herbs will be more than 15 years old. The second edition is designed to offer new information in addition to the old information on the most important of the original 365 herbs. I submitted the first edition under the original unpublished title, Herbs of Debus Celebrity. I deliberately left out completely safe herbs, spices and edible plants that are clearly medicine. I also deliberately left out some hard herbs, such as Foxglove, which were very unhealthy to use in unskilled hands. I added several obscure hallucinogenic plants of questionable integrity. I gave up some of them, or should have, because their medicine is so important. Some poorly documented species, such as Mimosa hostilis and Phoradendron leucarpum, were retained with fragmentary entries, so that at least one species from the first edition could be mentioned, which may have been better dropped.


2nd edition of medicinal Herbs most important herbs well covered here. In edition two, which I will often refer to as my Herbal Desk Reference (HDR), I have tried to coral the data of about 1000 1000 herbs in as little space as possible, and Attempts have been made to create a reliable, referenced resource to parallel the PDR. For herbal medicine I use the three-letter acronym, HDR, to identify the second edition of my Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, as I compare it and compare it to other important sources. , Which is also represented by three-letter abbreviations. (See Appendix for reference.)

With this edition, I have tried to cover most of the widely mentioned medicinal plants, whether they are extremely salubrious or extremely toxic. Without counting them, I estimate we include more than 1000 of the most important herbs, including the more important herbs from the young Native American and the European traditions (including most of those approved by Commission E (KOM), and almost all of those included in the PDR for Herbal Medicine (PHR for the first edition, and PH2 for the second edition). Unlike Commission E and the Herbal PDR, which seem to stress European and American traditions, I include proportionately more herbs from the older African, Ayurvedic, and Chinese traditions as well, not wanting to slight any major medicinal plant from any major tradition




Book Name Handbook Medicinal Herbs 
Author of Book James A. Duke
Edition 2nd Edition
Language English
Format PDF
Price PDF free 


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Let me explain the new format for the second edition. First, a common name appears, usually but not always in English, followed by a recently accepted scientific name, with the authority for the scientific name. Then follows a safety score, X, +, ++, or +++. An X means I don’t recommend taking it at all, or realize that it is so dangerous that it should not be taken without expert guidance. But for litigious reasons, I give some potent medicinal herbs the X (amateurs beware!). A single plus (+) indicates that I do not consider that the herb is, overall, as safe as coffee. I score two pluses (++) for those herbs I think of, overall, as being as safe as coffee. I score three pluses (+++) for those herbs I believe to be safer than coffee. In the first edition, I related the plus sign to a cup of coffee, figuring that 1, 2, or 3 cups per day of an herbal tea from the herb would be as safe as 1, 2, or 3 cups per day of coffee. I often drink more than 3 cups of coffee a day, especially while I worked on this project! Clearly, this is an oversimplification. Too often, some parts of a plant are more helpful or more toxic than other parts of the same species, and different ethnic groups or cultures may use parts differently. The safety scoring is a continuation of the same scoring system I used in the first edition. Some scores have been upgraded a bit, some have been downgraded.


Often, there are some comments on synonymy and other nomenclature difficulties that arose in completing this opus. I inject these following the nomenclature line. Here you may find some proven and/or suspected synonyms, or notes of related species that may be included in this species concept, especially by nontaxonomically trained authors. I have often used, as final arbiter of scientific names and sometimes common names, the nomenclature database at the USDA.

Unfortunately, the new American Herbal Products Association (AHP) book on nomenclature arrived too late for our consideration. Attempts to standardize common names, although admirable, are often aggravating to special interests. It was with some misgiving that I arranged this book alphabetically by common names, when the first edition was by scientific name. It generated big headaches for all of us who think more along the lines of scientific names. Would it be under mulberry or black mulberry, chamomile or German chamomile? Some plants have dozens of common names. Several have suffered almost as many scientific names, such as, for example, feverfew. Hopefully, you will find it easy to use.



About author:


James A. “Jim” Duke, Ph.D., is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he received his Ph.D. in Botany. He then moved on to postdoctoral activities at Washington University and the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri, where he assumed professor and curator duties, respectively. He retired from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1995 after a 35-year career there and elsewhere as an economic botanist. After retiring, he was appointed Senior Scientific Consultant to Nature’s Herbs (A Twin Labs subsidiary), and to an online company, ALLHERB.COM.

He currently teaches a master’s degree course in botanical healing at the Tai Sophia Institute in Columbia, Maryland. Dr. Duke spends time exploring the ecology and culture of the Amazonian Rain Forest and sits on the board of directors and advisory councils of numerous organizations involved in plant medicine and the rainforest. He is updating several of his published books and refining his online database, http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/, still maintained at the USDA. He is also expanding his private educational Green Farmacy Garden at his residence in Fulton, Maryland.



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