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Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary [Abridged] [Paperback]

Daniel Moerman
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May 13 2009
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.

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“This engaging read covers 82 categories of medicinal uses [and] is an easy-to-use reference perfect for the home library.”


"What is most true for me about Native American Medicinal Plants is that I now have in hand 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 by the people who traversed the lands I now walk 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!"

"Easily the most extensive and authoritative source of ethnobotanical information on native medicinal plant usage this volume…goes far beyond any other reference source on Native medicinal plants."

"What is most true for me about Native American Medicinal Plants is that I now have in hand 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 by the people who traversed the lands I now walk 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!"

About the Author

Daniel E. Moerman is William E. Stirton Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is widely known as a leading expert in the field of ethnobotany. Dr. Moerman is the author of Native American Ethnobotany (1998), which received the 2000 Annual Literature Award from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. From 2004 to 2009, he was editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Economic Botany.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Multi-faceted Reference June 30 2010
Format:Paperback
The introduction, "Plant Use by Native Americans" presents an interesting argument for a definition of health and well-being that is not static across cultures, and that, "Asking about the effectiveness of a drug...is not a simple biological issue but a complex problem of culture and meaning," p. 13.

The body of the book is a 490 page catalog of plants organized by scientific name, including subspecies and variety if relevant. Each entry gives one common name, with the drug usages organized alphabetically by tribe using a specific three page list of drug usage categories. Each usage is referenced to a source given in the five page, 180 item bibliography.

There are two additional comprehensive indexes of the information that is contained in the catalog of plants: an index of tribes--114 pages--with plants grouped under usages; and an index of usages--107 pages--with tribes grouped under plants. There is also a 48 page index of common plant names that are used in the original sources, each linked to a scientific name.

The book looks very useful as an organized and inexpensive reference work, an ethnobotanical dictionary as it calls itself. The specific details for using the plants would need to be garnered elsewhere. The large array of interconnected information presented here would nevertheless be valuable in providing starting points for searches and contexts for wider understanding.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference Book on Medicinal Plants Oct. 30 2010
By J Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I do research on native medicinal plants and advise people on how to cultivate them or manage wild populations. This is one of the "must have" reference books sitting on a shelf in my office. Understanding how native Americans gathered and used these plants has been very helpful to me as I work with these plants. The book is sensibly organized, well written, thorough, and enjoyable to read. If you are an herbalist who uses North American herbs, a researcher studying the medicinal benefits of these herbs, or someone interested in the historical usage of these plants, I suggest you purchase this book.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing reference book.....with a warning Jan. 25 2011
By Michael Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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The books by Daniel E. Moerman are a must have, BUT.....choose wisely. The only reason to buy the Food Plants book is if you want only the food knowledge and not the Medicinal uses or even how the plants were used in other ways (like entertainment). If your interest is medical and not culinary, then get the Medicinal book. For me the best is the original Native American Ethnobotany because it has the edible, the medicinal and other uses of the plants. What is missing in his first book, but is in the Food Plants book are the line drawings of plants. It might be nice to add that in future publications of the Native American Ethnobotany book, but is not enough to go out and duplicate the information already printed in this fine study. Do yourself a favor and choose the complete work to the two later releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The complete desk reference book Nov. 27 2009
By Royal T. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very thorough desk reference. It is made easy to use with varied different indexes. With so many sources from a variety of eras gives the information real depth and a special insight to western medicine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference... March 14 2011
By D. Pawl - Published on Amazon.com
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This book on Native American Medicinal Plants is an excellent and well written resource, for anyone interested in learning more about the native plant world, the tribes and the native habitat that the plants can be found. This is a great reference, for students of plant science or healers. These are sacred plants and to be used in a respectful manner. I am sure that people reading this book already know this, if they are taking the time to read this piece of literature - for educational and healing purposes. I am in gratitude to the author for making such great efforts to gather this information for the public.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for research and use July 4 2013
By L. B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the book as a gift for one researching a story. It became a valuable tool in
the research and also provided information for personal use. Well received and used
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