Rainforest Medicine

Rainforest Medicine
  • Author : Jonathon Miller Weisberger
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Pages : 432
  • Relase : 2013-09-17
  • ISBN : 9781583946237

Rainforest Medicine Book Review:

Chronicling the practices, legends, and wisdom of the vanishing traditions of the upper Amazon, this book reveals the area's indigenous peoples' approach to living in harmony with the natural world. Rainforest Medicine features in-depth essays on plant-based medicine and indigenous science from four distinct Amazonian societies: deep forest and urban, lowland rainforest and mountain. The book is illustrated with unique botanical and cultural drawings by Secoya elder and traditional healer Agustin Payaguaje and horticulturalist Thomas Y. Wang as well as by the author himself. Payaguaje shares his sincere imaginal view into the spiritual life of the Secoya; plates of petroglyphs from the sacred valley of Cotundo relate to an ancient language, and other illustrations show traditional Secoya ayahuasca symbols and indigenous origin myths. Two color sections showcase photos of the plants and people of the region, and include plates of previously unpublished full-color paintings by Pablo Cesar Amaringo (1938-2009), an acclaimed Peruvian artist renowned for his intricate, colorful depictions of his visions from drinking the entheogenic plant brew, ayahuasca ("vine of the soul" in Quechua languages). Today the once-dense mysterious rainforest realms are under assault as the indiscriminate colonial frontier of resource extraction moves across the region; as the forest disappears, the traditional human legacy of sustainable utilization of this rich ecosystem is also being buried under modern realities. With over 20 years experience of ground-level environmental and cultural conservation, author Jonathon Miller Weisberger's commitment to preserving the fascinating, unfathomably precious relics of the indigenous legacy shines through. Chief among these treasures is the "shimmering" "golden" plant-medicine science of ayahuasca or yajé, a rainforest vine that was popularized in the 1950s by Western travelers such as William Burroughs and Alan Ginsberg. It has been sampled, reviled, and celebrated by outsiders ever since. Currently sought after by many in the industrialized West for its powerful psychotropic and life-transforming effects, this sacred brew is often imbibed by visitors to the upper Amazon and curious seekers in faraway venues, sometimes with little to no working knowledge of its principles and precepts. Perceiving that there is an evident need for in-depth information on ayahuasca if it is to be used beyond its traditional context for healing and spiritual illumination in the future, Miller Weisberger focuses on the fundamental knowledge and practices that guide the use of ayahuasca in indigenous cultures. Weaving first-person narrative with anthropological and ethnobotanical information, Rainforest Medicine aims to preserve both the record and ongoing reality of ayahuasca's unique tradition and, of course, the priceless forest that gave birth to these sacred vines. Featuring words from Amazonian shamans--the living torchbearers of these sophisticated spiritual practices--the book stands as testimony to this sacred plant medicine's power in shaping and healing individuals, communities, and nature alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Healing Sounds from the Malaysian Rainforest

Healing Sounds from the Malaysian Rainforest
  • Author : Marina Roseman
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Pages : 278
  • Relase : 1993-03-26
  • ISBN : 9780520082816

Healing Sounds from the Malaysian Rainforest Book Review:

"One of the best pieces of ethnomusicological research of the last ten years. Roseman shows just how central musical ideas and practices are to a way of knowing and imagining the world, to a way of transforming ordinary experiences, and to penetrating belief systems more broadly."—Steven Feld, University of Texas, Austin "An exciting contribution to interpretive medical anthropology. Moving analytically between Temiar cultural constrictions of illness and health, and the humanely organized sounds of healing ceremonies, Roseman explicates the culural logic whereby aesthetic configurations participate in a comprehensive, therapeutically effective pattern of reality. This author has brocaded medical anthropology with ethnomusicology, producing a shimmering postmodern ethnographic tapestry of great subtlety and strength."—Barbara Tedlock, SUNY, Buffalo

Miracle Medicines of the Rainforest

Miracle Medicines of the Rainforest
  • Author : Thomas David
  • Publisher : Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
  • Pages : 143
  • Relase : 1997-10
  • ISBN : 0892817461

Miracle Medicines of the Rainforest Book Review:

A doctor's astounding story of promising new treatments from the rainforests of Brazil for diseases that compromise the immune system. During a working visit to Brazil, Dr. Thomas David was given a packet of leaves and bark by a native patient as thanks for his work, and a shaman gave him a recipe for a tea used by the rainforest people to treat a variety of ailments. Dr. David began using these plants in his clinical research in Europe and soon discovered that they were producing amazing results among patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, and other diseases that compromise the immune system. Preliminary studies performed at Stanford and Harvard have substantiated his findings, bringing Dr. David international attention for his groundbreaking work. Dr. David's story is significant not only for its account of research that may herald a major breakthrough in curing diseases that have been the scourge of the modern world, but also for its emphasis on the vast and largely unrecognized pharmacopoeia of the rainforest that is in imminent danger of being lost forever.

The Ethnobotany of Eden

The Ethnobotany of Eden
  • Author : Robert A. Voeks
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Pages : 336
  • Relase : 2018-06-27
  • ISBN : 9780226547855

The Ethnobotany of Eden Book Review:

In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common cold. To access such miracles, we need only to discover and protect these medicinal treasures before they succumb to the corrosive forces of the modern world. A compelling biocultural story, certainly, and a popular perspective on the lands and peoples of equatorial latitudes—but true? Only in part. In The Ethnobotany of Eden, geographer Robert A. Voeks unravels the long lianas of history and occasional strands of truth that gave rise to this irresistible jungle medicine narrative. By exploring the interconnected worlds of anthropology, botany, and geography, Voeks shows that well-intentioned scientists and environmentalists originally crafted the jungle narrative with the primary goal of saving the world’s tropical rainforests from destruction. It was a strategy deployed to address a pressing environmental problem, one that appeared at a propitious point in history just as the Western world was taking a more globalized view of environmental issues. And yet, although supported by science and its practitioners, the story was also underpinned by a persuasive mix of myth, sentimentality, and nostalgia for a long-lost tropical Eden. Resurrecting the fascinating history of plant prospecting in the tropics, from the colonial era to the present day, The Ethnobotany of Eden rewrites with modern science the degradation narrative we’ve built up around tropical forests, revealing the entangled origins of our fables of forest cures.

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice
  • Author : Mark J. Plotkin
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 1994-08-01
  • ISBN : 9781101644690

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice Book Review:

The fascinating account of a pioneering ethnobotanist’s travels in the Amazon—at once a gripping adventure story, a passionate argument for conservationism, and an investigation into the healing power of plants, by the author of The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know For thousands of years, healers have used plants to cure illness. Aspirin, the world's most widely used drug, is based on compounds originally extracted from the bark of a willow tree, and more than a quarter of medicines found on pharmacy shelves contain plant compounds. Now Western medicine, faced with health crises such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer, has begun to look to the healing plants used by indigenous peoples to develop powerful new medicines. Nowhere is the search more promising than in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical forest, home to a quarter of all botanical species on this planet—as well as hundreds of Indian tribes whose medicinal plants have never been studied by Western scientists. In Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, ethnobotanist Mark J. Plotkin recounts his travels and studies with some of the most powerful Amazonian shamans, who taught him the plant lore their tribes have spent thousands of years gleaning from the rain forest. For more than a decade, Dr. Plotkin raced against time to harvest and record new plants before the rain forests' fragile ecosystems succumb to overdevelopment—and before the Indians abandon their own culture and learning for the seductive appeal of Western material culture. Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice relates nine of the author's quests, taking the reader along on a wild odyssey as he participates in healing rituals; discovers the secret of curare, the lethal arrow poison that kills in minutes; tries the hallucinogenic snuff epena that enables the Indians to speak with their spirit world; and earns the respect and fellowship of the mysterious shamans as he proves that he shares both their endurance and their reverence for the rain forest.

Rainforest Remedies

Rainforest Remedies
  • Author : Rosita Arvigo,Michael J. Balick
  • Publisher : Lotus Press
  • Pages : 221
  • Relase : 1993-01
  • ISBN : 9780914955139

Rainforest Remedies Book Review:

Timely book on rainforest herbology and traditional healing. Authors work with Central American healers to compile herbal lore.

The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs

The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs
  • Author : Leslie Taylor
  • Publisher : Square One Pub
  • Pages : 530
  • Relase : 2005
  • ISBN : CORNELL:31924100507494

The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs Book Review:

Rainforests contain an amazing abundance of plant life. What's most exciting is that scientists and researchers have only just begun to uncover the medicinal qualities of these plants, which offer new approaches to health and healing. "The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs is a valuable guide to these herbs and their uses. Detailing more than fifty rainforest botanicals, this book provides preparation instructions, presents the history of the herbs' uses by indigenous peoples, and describes current usage by natural health practitioners throughout the world. Helpful tables provide a quick guide for choosing the most appropriate botanicals for specific ailments. Here is a unique book that offers a blend of ancient and modern knowledge in an accessible reference format.

Drug Discovery and Development

Drug Discovery and Development
  • Author : Omboon Vallisuta,Suleiman Olimat
  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • Pages : 330
  • Relase : 2015-06-03
  • ISBN : 9789535121282

Drug Discovery and Development Book Review:

It is very important for scientists all over the globe to enhance drug discovery research for better human health. This book demonstrates that various expertise are essential for drug discovery including synthetic or natural drugs, clinical pharmacology, receptor identification, drug metabolism, pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic research. The following 5 sections cover diverse chapter topics in drug discovery: Natural Products as Sources of Leading Molecules in Drug Discovery; Oncology and Drug Discovery; Receptors Involvement in Drug Discovery; Management and Development of Drugs against Infectious Diseases; Advanced Methodology.

Healthy Healing's Detoxification

Healthy Healing's Detoxification
  • Author : Linda Page
  • Publisher : Healthy Healing, Inc.
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2008-09-01
  • ISBN : 9781884334559

Healthy Healing's Detoxification Book Review:

More than 25,000 new toxins enter our environment each year. Detoxification is becoming a necessary commitment for health in the modern world. However, too many fad diets and detox products on the market today are overly harsh and create further health imbalances by depleting the body of essential nutrients. Clearly, Americans need safe detox options that restore the body to good health without these risks and side effects. In Healthy Healing's Detoxification, world renowned naturopath and best selling author Dr. Linda Page shares her hard won experience on detoxification and shows you how to cleanse safely and naturally for the best results. With over thirty years of experience in the health field, Dr. Page details critical information on how to cleanse the healthy way and the types of cleanses to avoid. She shows you what you can expect when you cleanse, what a good cleanse really does, and how to direct a cleanse to the body systems that need the most support. Includes step-by-step detox programs for health concerns like arthritis, allergies/asthma, candida, GERD, infertility, weight loss and much more! Get on the path to renewed health and vitality: Start your Healthy Healing detox today!

Detoxification

Detoxification
  • Author : Linda Page
  • Publisher : Healthy Healing, Inc.
  • Pages : 262
  • Relase : 1998-10
  • ISBN : 1884334547

Detoxification Book Review:

In this complete encyclopaedia -- a guide of detailed instructions for detoxification and cleansing, Dr Page discusses why body cleansing is necessary in today's world. She shows you: what you can expect when you detox; what a good cleanse really does; how to direct a cleanse for best results. Also includes: Detailed detox charts for special needs; Step-by-step instructions that guide the reader through every detox programme; Extensive 'Green Cuisine' recipe section; Materia Medica Detox herbal supplement directory with over 90 herbs; Glossary of detox terms; List of detox-spa centres in America; Recommended product listing.

Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest

Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest
  • Author : Leslie Taylor
  • Publisher : Prima Lifestyles
  • Pages : 313
  • Relase : 1998-01-01
  • ISBN : 0761517340

Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest Book Review:

Profiles rain forest plants with details on medicinal properties, history of use, current uses, methods of preparation, and natural chemicals

Healthy Healing

Healthy Healing
  • Author : Linda G. Rector-Page
  • Publisher : Healthy Healing, Inc.
  • Pages : 477
  • Relase : 1998
  • ISBN : 1884334857

Healthy Healing Book Review:

The latest information on preventive therapies and natural healing. Over 1/2 million copies sold.

Rainforests

Rainforests
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : R.I.C. Publications
  • Pages : 65
  • Relase : 2005
  • ISBN : 9781741263305

Rainforests Book Review:

National Library of Medicine Programs and Services

National Library of Medicine Programs and Services
  • Author : National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
  • Publisher :
  • Pages :
  • Relase :
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105122044147

National Library of Medicine Programs and Services Book Review:

Phytochemistry of Australia's Tropical Rainforest

Phytochemistry of Australia's Tropical Rainforest
  • Author : Cheryll J. Williams
  • Publisher : CSIRO PUBLISHING
  • Pages : 584
  • Relase : 2021-12
  • ISBN : 9781486307593

Phytochemistry of Australia's Tropical Rainforest Book Review:

Rare, unique and irreplaceable – precious native rainforests occupy a precariously small part of Australia while retaining a remarkable level of both biological and chemical diversity unrivalled by any other ecosystem. Australia's ancient history and traditions are intimately intertwined with the rainforest plants that humans have utilised as both food and medicine. Phytochemistry of Australia's Tropical Rainforest is a record of this history and details how our understanding of these plants has led to the discovery of anaesthetics, analgesics, steroids, antimalarials and more. It provides an insight into the habitat, ecology and family associations of hundreds of species and explores their future therapeutic potential, alongside phytochemical studies of the ancient plant lineages. Toxicological evaluations of important poisonous plants are also included. Rainforests provide shelter for unique flora and fauna that are counted among the rarest species on Earth, many of which are illustrated in this book. This comprehensive work is an essential reference for phytochemists, ethnobotanists and those with an interest in rainforests and their medicinal and botanical potential.

Jungle Medicine: One Woman's Journey from Pharmacist to Shaman

Jungle Medicine: One Woman's Journey from Pharmacist to Shaman
  • Author : Connie Grauds
  • Publisher : Ctr for Spirited Medicine
  • Pages : 206
  • Relase : 2007-08-01
  • ISBN : 0974730300

Jungle Medicine: One Woman's Journey from Pharmacist to Shaman Book Review:

Jungle Medicine is an epic journey of self-discovery as the author explores the luminous, magical, and mythic realms of shamanic realities as she heals from cancer through the integration of spirit with modern medicine.

Governing the Rainforest

Governing the Rainforest
  • Author : Eve Z. Bratman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Pages : 264
  • Relase : 2019-10-16
  • ISBN : 9780190949389

Governing the Rainforest Book Review:

Sustainable development is often thought of as a product that can be obtained by following a prescribed course of interventions. Rather than conceptualizing it as a sweet spot of economic, ecological, and social balance, sustainable development is an ongoing process of embroilments requiring constant negotiation of often-competing aims. Sustainable development politics yield highly uneven results among different members of society and different geographic areas. As this book argues, such imbalances mean that sustainable development processes often prioritize economic over environmental goals, perpetuating and reinforcing economic and political inequalities. Governing the Rainforest looks at development and conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, where the government and corporate interests bump up against those of environmentalists and local populations. This book asks why sustainable development continues to be such a powerful and influential idea in the region, and what impact it has had on various political and economic interests and geographic areas. In other words, as Eve Z. Bratman argues, sustainable development is a political practice in itself. This book offers detailed case study analysis, including of the creation of vast conservation corridors, the construction of one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world, and new forms of land settlement projects. Based on a decade of Bratman's ethnographic fieldwork throughout Brazil, and particularly along the Trans-Amazonian Highway, Governing the Rainforest offers a fresh take on sustainable development within a multi-level analysis of actors, discourses, and practices.

Phytochemistry of Australia's Tropical Rainforest

Phytochemistry of Australia's Tropical Rainforest
  • Author : Cheryll J. Williams
  • Publisher : CSIRO PUBLISHING
  • Pages : 584
  • Relase : 2021-12-01
  • ISBN : 9781486307609

Phytochemistry of Australia's Tropical Rainforest Book Review:

Rare, unique and irreplaceable – precious native rainforests occupy a precariously small part of Australia while retaining a remarkable level of both biological and chemical diversity unrivalled by any other ecosystem. Australia's ancient history and traditions are intimately intertwined with the rainforest plants that humans have utilised as both food and medicine. Phytochemistry of Australia's Tropical Rainforest is a record of this history and details how our understanding of these plants has led to the discovery of anaesthetics, analgesics, steroids, antimalarials and more. It provides an insight into the habitat, ecology and family associations of hundreds of species and explores their future therapeutic potential, alongside phytochemical studies of the ancient plant lineages. Toxicological evaluations of important poisonous plants are also included. Rainforests provide shelter for unique flora and fauna that are counted among the rarest species on Earth, many of which are illustrated in this book. This comprehensive work is an essential reference for phytochemists, ethnobotanists and those with an interest in rainforests and their medicinal and botanical potential.

Fodor's 2007 Belize

Fodor's 2007 Belize
  • Author : Fodor's
  • Publisher : Fodors Travel Publications
  • Pages : 347
  • Relase : 2006-08-01
  • ISBN : 9781400016730

Fodor's 2007 Belize Book Review:

Describes the attractions of Belize, provides information on dining and lodging, and offers travel tips.

Fake Medicine

Fake Medicine
  • Author : Bradley McKay
  • Publisher : Hachette Australia
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2021-03-31
  • ISBN : 9780733646874

Fake Medicine Book Review:

We all want to live healthier, happier and longer lives, but too many of us are charmed by charlatans, misled by marketing or scammed by sciencey-sounding salespeople. Dr Brad McKay, Australian GP and science communicator, has seen the rise of misinformation permeate our lives and watched as many of us have turned away from health experts. Too often, we place our trust in online influencers, celebrities and Dr Google when it comes to making important health decisions. Fake Medicine explores the potential dangers of wellness warriors, anti-vaxxers, fad diets, dodgy supplements, alternative practitioners and conspiracy theories. This book is an essential tool for debunking pseudoscience and protecting you and your loved ones from the health scams that surround us. Protect your mind, body and wallet by fighting fake medicine.