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Medical Botany:
Plants Affecting Human Health

Second Edition
by Walter H. Lewis
and Memory P.F. Elvin-Lewis

This Second Edition fully reflects the explosion of interest in and research on botanicals in the twenty-five years since the first edition was published. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative textbook on medicinal plants available anywhere.

Medical Botany 2nd Edition provides, through examples, an understanding of the world’s traditional pharmacopeias and how research is affording ways to authenticate their value for use in complementary and alternative medicines and as the basis for the development of new therapies and pharmaceutical agents.

This fascinating approach illustrates how plants through the ages have affected human health. It combines scientific information in human physiology, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, and ethnobotany, and intertwines these data with a variety of colorful stories and anecdotes—from Socrates’ fatal use of hemlock to the evolution of such pharmaceuticals as:

  • digitalis
  • taxol
  • lovastatin
  • botanicals, including:
    • Echinacea
    • Ginkgo
    • St. John’s Wort
    • Ginseng
  • and many more!

Richly illustrated and expanded, this revised edition addresses the injurious, remedial, and psychoactive properties of thousands of plants, fungi, and microorganisms. Each chapter focuses on a body system and thoroughly discusses how pharmaceuticals, botanicals, and dietary supplements affect its function in both normal and disease states. Mindful that the ultimate goal of integrative medicine is to optimize the worth of all types of treatment approaches, this edition provides the practitioner, patient, and public at large with information regarding the current state of research and treatment practices in this expanding field.

Medical Botany 2nd Edition is a valuable text for students of pharmacology, botany, medicine, and biology, and an indispensable tool for professionals in medicine, pharmacology, and botany, as well as an informative resource for patients and everyone interested in plants and their potential for human health.


    1. Introduction
    2. Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  1. Injurious Plants
    1. Internal Poisons
    2. Immune System and Cell Modifiers
    3. Allergies

  2. Remedial Plants
    1. Cancer
    2. Musculoskeletal System
    3. Peripheral Nervous System
    4. Heart and Circulation
    5. Metabolism
    6. Sensory Organs: Eye and Ear
    7. Oral Hygiene
    8. Gastrointestinal Tract
    9. Respiratory System
    10. Urogenital System
    11. Skin
    12. Deterrents: Antibiotics, Antiseptics, Pesticides, and Herbicides
    13. Panaceas, Adaptogens, and Tonics

  3. Psychoactive Plants
    1. Central Nervous System and Psychiatry
    2. Stimulants
    3. Hallucinogens
    4. Depressants

Appendix A: Outline Classification of Plants
Appendix B: Bibliography of Traditional and Herbal Medicine and Ethnobotany


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Medical Botany:
Plants Affecting Human Health 2nd Edition

by Walter H. Lewis and Memory P.F. Elvin-Lewis
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