Handbook of Medicinal Herbs - 2nd Edition

Edited by James A Duke and Maryl Fulton 
CRC Press  July 2002  

Hardback  896 pages  ISBN 9780849312847      £170.00

Catalogs more than 800 of the world's most important medicinal plant species

  • Includes plants from all over the world - from common cultivars to rare species
  • Provides comparative safety rankings for all species
  • Supplies relative efficacy rankings and published sources for all indications - several thousand indications in all
  • Provides accurate illustrations of hundreds of the most important medicinal plants - many in color

Still considered the definitive work on medicinal herbs and their uses after two decades, the Handbook of Medicinal Herbs has undergone a long-anticipated revision. In the second edition, world-renowned ethnobotanist James A. Duke provides up-to-date data on over 800 of the world's most important medicinal plant species. The book contains more species, phytochemicals, proven indications, folk indications, and dosage data than the first edition in a new easier to use format. The in-depth content, the addition of color plates and over 200 black and white illustrations makes this book the most comprehensive resource on medicinal herbs available.


  • Over 100 color plates, 4 color maps
  • Over 200 black and white illustrations
  • Over 800 medicinal plants - more than twice as many as the previous edition organized alphabetically by common name
  • More herbs from the African, Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Jamu traditions


Designed to give you fast access to the information you need on a regular basis, this new edition is organized more systematically than any other medicinal herb publication. The entries are now arranged alphabetically by common name with the scientific name in parenthesis. Major synonyms are also provided.

It has become increasingly clear that there are hundreds of biologically active compounds, often additive or synergistic, in all our plants, foods, spices, herbs, medicinal, and poisonous plants. The debate continues on how these plants work and how they should be used. Blending scientific fact with folk uses and the author's personal experience, Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, Second Edition provides the most well rounded discussions of safety, efficacy, toxicity, and rational use found in any herbal reference.


Alphabetical listing of medicinal herbs by common name.

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