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.
Author: Jonathon Miller Weisberger
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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 Two color sections showcase photos of the plants and people of the region, and include plates of previously unpublished full-color paintings by Pablo Cesar Amaringo (1938-2009), an acclaimed Peruvian artist renowned for his intricate, colorful depictions of his visions from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.
This e-book is also intended to serve as a reference guide and create interest among students and scientists to study the wonder of the weeds in greater detail.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ghani Hussain
Publisher: Landskap Malaysia
“Nature’s Medicine: A collection of Medicinal Plants from Malaysia’s Rainforest” is an e-book compiling medicinal plants we call weeds. It features the health benefits of medicinal herbs and plants for public use. Most weeds are found in home gardens and are easily accessible. We call them weeds because we do not have to care of these plants. Weeds, in many cases can be used to fight the flu, cough, ease indigestion, threat poison ivy rashes, snake bites, joint pains and even make a tasty meal as a salad. You may be surprised to learn that identifying weeds in your own yard can be beneficial. This e-book is also intended to serve as a reference guide and create interest among students and scientists to study the wonder of the weeds in greater detail. The weeds are picturesquely presented to enable readers to recognise them at a glance. Their medicinal properties and traditional uses are also highlighted.
Gifts from the Rainforest is the premier book of Intuitive Learning Circles that will help you develop your intuition, strengthen your instincts and get you back in touch with Nature.
Author: Rheanni Lightwater
Gifts from the Rainforest is the premier book of Intuitive Learning Circles that will help you develop your intuition, strengthen your instincts and get you back in touch with Nature. Call upon forty-nine plant, animal, and nature totems from the jungle and ask for their wisdom and advice. Receive insights, divinations and prescriptions for getting back in balance with the planet and getting out of the rat race.Use them as gifts from your Soul to help you change worn out attitudes, habits and behaviors that are holding you back. The Intuitive Learning Circles teach you to look into your heart for answers and the medicine that comes from the Nature Spirits will amaze and enlighten you!Included is an easy reference chart to help you choose the medicine that will move you and yours through all kinds of negative thinking, attitudes and beliefs.
As the most complete chronicle of the science and folklore of pau d'arco, this book will serve as an invaluable resource for herbalists, scientists, and anyone interested in medicines from the rain forests of South America.
Author: Kenneth Jones
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
Once again, the South American rain forest yields up a healing treasure--the bark of the pau d'arco tree. The author describes its value in treating allergies and immune system disorders, and gives directions for preparation and dosage.
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, ...
Author: Marina Roseman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
"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
This natural medication for malaria and other tropical illnesses comes from the
dried bark of the South American ... By a happy coincidence , I had the chance to
come into contact with shamans and medicine men of the rainforest Indians .
Author: Thomas David
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
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.
Profiles rain forest plants with details on medicinal properties, history of use, current uses, methods of preparation, and natural chemicals From the age-old healing practices of shamans to current scientific research, this wealth of
Author: Leslie Taylor
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
Profiles rain forest plants with details on medicinal properties, history of use, current uses, methods of preparation, and natural chemicals
Among the many tropical plants used in Western medicine (which have been
used to treat precisely the same maladies among indigenous rain forest cultures)
are the following (Maybury-Lewis 1992: 50): Horse chestnuts Lily of the valley ...
Author: Gary Ferraro
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Explore cultural anthropology in an applied and fascinating way with Gary Ferraro's CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: AN APPLIED PERSPECTIVE. This contemporary and student-relevant text gives you all the key material you need for your introductory course, plus it will show you that anthropology is for you! With real world applications of the principles and practices of anthropology, this book will help you learn to appreciate other cultures as well as your own. Apply what you learn in this course to those situations that you are likely to encounter in your personal and professional life. What can you do with anthropology today? Check out the real-life examples of cross-cultural misunderstandings and issues (in our popular Cross-Cultural Miscues features) to view 'culture at work.' Also, the book takes a look at specialized vocabularies as illustrated by chickspeak (the language of single, urban, upwardly mobile women), the war in Iraq, environmental degradation, and other contemporary topics. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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 ...
Author: Mark J. Plotkin
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 has 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. Mark Plotkin combines the Darwinian spirit of the great writer-explorers of the nineteenth century—curious, discursive, and rigorously scientific—with a very modern concern for the erosion of our environment and the vanishing culture of native peoples.
R26AIN FOREST HABITATS Bene ts Rainspeciesof forests have half of the
world's plant Food diversity part rain ... less of than these 7 percent plants are a
treasure trove of food and medicine sources, some of which are familiar, and
some of ...
Author: Andrew Einspruch
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Rain forests cover a mere seven percent of Earths total land, yet they contain more than half of the worlds plant species. This colorful, visually appealing book explores the wealth of animal and plant life that can be found in this diverse habitat. Beautiful illustrations will charm readers, while rich, descriptive text will ignite their curiosity. Detailed diagrams and fact-filled sidebars further enrich this book.
Ethnobotanists try to save This way, everyone benefits. L This satellite image
shows ANTIBIOTICS: PENICILLIN ou know that fuzzy stuff that grows on. areas of
destroyed rain forest. Untouched Rain Forest Destroyed Rain Forest 17 WORD ...
Author: Karolyn Kendrick
Publisher: Benchmark Education Company
Find out about amazing medical discoveries like how a common tree stops pain, the life-saving plants that are found in the rain forest, and how kitchen mold changed history.
The project has resulted in the creation of the Ix Chel Tropical Research
Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in the Cayo District, that is
dedicated to traditional medicine, ethnobotanical studies, Belizean culture, and
Author: Rosita Arvigo
Publisher: Lotus Press
Timely book on rainforest herbology and traditional healing. Authors work with Central American healers to compile herbal lore.
... Forest based medicines in traditional and cosmopolitan health care A . P . van
Seters Rainforest Medical Foundation ... importance of tropical rain forests as
sources of medicinal plants used in traditional health systems and of raw material
Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.
This volume brings together a collection of papers by some experts in medicinal plants. It is presented as a contribution to clarifying the many policy and technical issues associated with the conservation, use, production and trade of medicinal plants. This publication draws attention to the huge contribution of medicinal plants to traditional and modern health care systems, but also alert the readers on the many problems and challenges facing their sustainable development, such as: assessment and management of the medicinal plant resource base; best harvesting and processing practices; trade issues and aspects dealing with the intellectual property rights on traditional medicine by indigenous peoples. The use of this document will help raise the awareness on medicinal plants as an important forest resource, and will help ensure that medicinal plants are adequately included in forest conservation and utilization programmes.
IMMUNIZATIONS Travelers to rain forest regions should protect against the
following diseases by vaccination or with prophylactic medications (see Chapter
84): • Diphtheria, tetanus • Hepatitis A, hepatitis B • Influenza (see later) • Measles
Author: Paul S. Auerbach
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Quickly and decisively manage any medical emergency you encounter in the great outdoors with Wilderness Medicine! World-renowned authority and author, Dr. Paul Auerbach, and a team of experts offer proven, practical, visual guidance for effectively diagnosing and treating the full range of emergencies and health problems encountered in situations where time and resources are scarce. Every day, more and more people are venturing into the wilderness and extreme environments, or are victims of horrific natural disasters...and many are unprepared for the dangers and aftermath that come with these episodes. Whether these victims are stranded on mountaintops, lost in the desert, injured on a remote bike path, or ill far out at sea, this indispensable resource--now with online access at www.expertconsult.com for greater accessibility and portability-- equips rescuers and health care professionals to effectively address and prevent injury and illness in the wilderness! This textbook is widely referred to as "The Bible of Wilderness Medicine." Be able to practice emergency medicine outside of the traditional hospital/clinical setting whether you are in remote environments, underdeveloped but highly populated areas, or disaster areas, are part of search and rescue operations, or dealing with casualties from episodes of extreme sports and active lifestyle activities. Face any medical challenge in the wilderness with expert guidance: Dr. Auerbach is a noted author and the world's leading authority on wilderness medicine. He is a founder and Past President of the Wilderness Medical Society, consultant to the Divers Alert Network and many other agencies and organizations, and a member of the National Medical Committee for the National Ski Patrol System. Handle everything from frostbite to infection by marine microbes, not to mention other diverse injuries, bites, stings, poisonous plant exposures, animal attacks, and natural disasters. Grasp the essential aspects of search and rescue. Respond quickly and effectively by improvising with available materials. Improve your competency and readiness with the latest guidance on volcanic eruptions, extreme sports, splints and slings, wilderness cardiology, living off the land, aerospace medicine, mental health in the wilderness, tactical combat casualty care, and much more. Meet the needs and special considerations of specific patient populations such as children, women, elders, persons with chronic medical conditions, and the disabled. Make smart decisions about gear, navigation, nutrition, and survival. Be prepared for everything with expanded coverage on topics such as high altitude, cold water immersion, and poisonous and venomous plants and animals. Get the skills you need now with new information on global humanitarian relief and expedition medicine, plus expanded coverage of injury prevention and environmental preservation. Get guidance on the go with fully searchable online text, plus bonus images, tables and video clips - all available on ExpertConsult.com.
Here is a unique book that offers a blend of ancient and modern knowledge in an accessible reference format.
Author: Leslie Taylor
Publisher: Square One Pub
Rainforests contain an amazing abundance of plant life—over half of the planet's vegetation. For centuries, tribal shamans have successfully used these botanicals as remedies for various health disorders. Now, scientists have 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 unique guide to these herbs and their uses. Detailing more than seventy rainforest botanicals, this book presents the history of the herbs' uses by indigenous peoples and describes current usage by natural health practitioners throughout the world. Discover Amazon healers' traditional knowledge, as well as the clinical studies that support what shamans have known for ages. Essential dosage and preparation methods are provided, while at-a-glance tables help you locate the best botanicals for each disorder. Here is a unique book that offers a blend of ancient and modern knowledge in an accessible reference format.
Medicine in the rainforest is an herbally based art, not a formal system like
Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda. Although there are vast areas of
rainforest around the world, and herbs and beliefs vary widely, rainforest
Author: Linda Page
Publisher: Healthy Healing, Inc.
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.
The rainforests of Central America are preeminent because they contain such a
vast plant pharmacopoeia. To western medical science, the rainforest is a
treasure box just beginning to be opened. The huge variety and many delivery
Author: Linda G. Rector-Page
Publisher: Healthy Healing, Inc.
The latest information on preventive therapies and natural healing. Over 1/2 million copies sold.