ABC plumps up online bookstore offerings

ABC plumps up online bookstore offerings

The Western Herbal Tradition: 2000 Years of Medicinal Plant Knowledge and The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm are among the new titles.

The American Botanical Council is excited to announce the availability of new items in its online e-store. We think our members and registered users will find these books especially useful and interesting. ABC members get 10 percent off the retail price if they log in before they order.

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm by Peg Schafer, 2011. An invaluable cultivation guide for growers interested in producing high-quality Chinese herbs in any climate of the U.S. Includes extensive sections on cultivating to conserve quality Asian botanicals; herb quality; planning, seed starting and propagation, managing soil, and seasonal care of crops; harvesting, drying, storing, shipping and selling plant material; and conservation and global trade. Also includes in-depth profiles of 79 commonly used Chinese medicinal plants. Softcover, 336 pages. $34.95 ($31.45 ABC Member Price)

The Western Herbal Tradition: 2000 Years of Medicinal Plant Knowledge by Graeme Tobyn, Alison Denham, Margaret Whitelegg, 2010. A critical exploration of plant medicines from Dioscorides to present day. Covers 27 herbs through a wide range of sources from European, Arabic, and American traditions. Each illustrated monograph contains species, identification and botanical description; characterization and medicinal use of the plants, traditional therapeutics; current evidence on pharmacological constituents; safety review; uses; dosage. Hardcover, 379 pages. $77.95 ($70.15 ABC Member Price)

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia: Botanical Pharmacognosy - Microscopic Characterization of Botanical Medicines by Roy Upton, Alison Graff, Georgina Jolliffe, Reinhard Länger, and Elizabeth
Williamson, 2011. Winner of the ABC 2011 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: technical/reference category. Designed to meet the needs of the herbal products industry, regulatory agencies, and academic researchers, this book provides microscopic descriptions of more than 140 medicinal plant species and their adulterants. It covers plant anatomy at a level appropriate for the pharmacognostic analysis of plant tissues, provides coverage of the history and importance of botanical microscopy, and gives instruction on how to set up a microscopy lab and prepare, view, and archive whole and powdered plant parts for microscopic analysis. The botanicals covered represent 90% of the dollar value of botanical sales in the U.S. Hardcover, 800 pages. $169.95 ($152.95 ABC Member Price)

Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease by Bharat Aggarwal with Debra Yost, 2011. Winner of the ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2011: consumer/popular category. Written by the world's foremost expert on the therapeutic use of culinary spices, this book takes an in-depth look at 50 spices and their healing qualities. Using language both accessible and enjoyable to the general reader, the author seeks to share his passion for the healing spices and to encourage the reader to incorporate more of them into their meals. Includes chapters on buying, storing, and using spices, their history, where they are grown and their effects on health. Organized by health condition to match the right spice to a specific ailment. Hardcover, 336 pages. $24.95 ($22.45 ABC Member Price)

Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy, 2nd edition by Michael Heinrich, Joanne Barnes, Simon Gibbons, Elizabeth Williamson, 2012. Provides a contemporary and in-depth perspective of natural product drugs used in the practice of pharmacy. Part One of the book addresses the fundamentals of pharmacognosy including history, importance, relevant principles, chemistry of secondary metabolites, characterization and standardization of phytomedicines and nutraceuticals, and use of medicinal plants in Asian systems of traditional medicine and Western CAM. Part Two covers the use of phytomedicines in various therapeutic categories affecting all the human body systems. Hardcover, 340 pages. $59.95 ($53.95 ABC Member Price)

Nutritional Genomics: The Impact of Dietary Regulation of Gene Function on Human Disease by Wayne R. Bidlack, Raymond L. Rodriguez, 2011. Written as a resource for researchers, nutrition educators, and policy makers, this book contains the latest scientific findings on the mechanisms of action underlying diet-genome interactions. It presents a unique perspective on the fundamentals of nutritional genomics from genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Contributing authors introduce the important areas of cell signaling and transduction, the intricate regulation of gene expression, and alteration of gene-linked chronic diseases, such as obesity-induced inflammation, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The authors detail significant areas of interest within nutritional genomics-including plant-based foods as epigenetic modifiers of gene function and the effects of bioactive phytochemicals on inherited genotype and expressed phenotypes. They also discuss the role of vitamin D in various cancer risks and the gastrointestinal tract as a defense system. Hardcover, 448 pages. $139.95 ($125.95 ABC Member Price)

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