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"I have included in this section the botanical names of those plants that are most commonly available commercially. This list does not always contain every plant that can be used medicinally. Those that are not listed, however, are so rare as to be very difficult to find or have properties aside from those that are described in the profile. Or perhaps they have yet to be discovered! I would encourage you to use only those species that are listed."
- Brigitte Mars, A.H.G., The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine: The Ultimate Multidisciplinary Reference to the Amazing Realm of Healing plants, in a Quick-study, One-stop Guide (Get the book.)

"In 1996, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters published a comprehensive work on the ethnobotanical use of plants by three indigenous peoples of coastal Ecuador1'51. In May of 1997, Douglas Sharon - following a precedent established with the help of a Peruvian curandero, Eduardo Calderon at the end of the 70s - was invited to join a group of Ecuadorian scholars in teaching a course on traditional medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Loja."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of Longevity, The Medicinal Flora of Vilcabamba (Get the book.)

"Catamayo, Palanda, and Amaluza areas of Loja province, when they went into the field for harvesting and to the markets to buy plants. In addition, curanderos and parteras were visited in their homes during the 10 months of fieldwork to observe the preparation of remedies, and the authors participated in multiple healing rituals with each healer. Plant uses were discussed in detail with colleagues, after seeking prior informed consent from each respondent."

- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of Longevity, The Medicinal Flora of Vilcabamba (Get the book.)

"FAMILY Families are lovely, and plants have them too. Families rank just above genera in the system of biological classification. Understanding which families the different healing herbs belong to can help you begin to see the bigger web of relationships among them. ETYMOLOGY The meaning of a plant's name, whether its Latinized binomial or its common name, connects us to its history of use. In understanding why a plant was given a particular name, we begin to understand the nature of the plant itself."
- Brigitte Mars, A.H.G., The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine: The Ultimate Multidisciplinary Reference to the Amazing Realm of Healing plants, in a Quick-study, One-stop Guide (Get the book.)

"Eighty-five different medicinal conditions were recorded. Most plants were used for the treatment of multiple ailments. The large variety of applications was grouped into 37 main categories. "\ A PI AMTAQ Ho la I HMCFUTnAn Internal Organs The highest number of species was used to treat internal organ and digestive system disorders (101, 21% of all conditions treated)."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of Longevity, The Medicinal Flora of Vilcabamba (Get the book.)

"Distilled water is the best medium for drawing out the therapeutic properties of the plants, as it is a more neutral medium. However, I do not recommend using distilled water that has been stored in plastic jugs, because the plastic contains xenoestro-gens, substances that mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen, which may be a carcinogenic risk. The plastic also imparts a plastic flavor to the water. I also do not recommend using municipal tap waters that contain chlorine, fluoride, and other components that should be avoided."
- Brigitte Mars, A.H.G., The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine: The Ultimate Multidisciplinary Reference to the Amazing Realm of Healing plants, in a Quick-study, One-stop Guide (Get the book.)

"Wearing gloves when collecting can help prevent this, but the hairs in large plants may still pierce through. A nettle sting can be soothed with a poultice of yellow dock or plantain or even the juice of the nettle plant itself (but good luck obtaining this without getting many more stings). However, you can learn to love the sting. I admit to collecting nettles barehanded with a pair of scissors and a paper bag. The arthritis I was developing twenty years ago has now become a thing of the past—and I attribute its disappearance to nettle stings."

- Brigitte Mars, A.H.G., The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine: The Ultimate Multidisciplinary Reference to the Amazing Realm of Healing plants, in a Quick-study, One-stop Guide (Get the book.)

"The ripe fruits are carefully harvested to avoid the sharp spines. Unripe fruits are astringent (they contain high levels of tannins) and are not edible. The fruits are sometimes called snake fruit because of the remarkable shiny, scaly skin. They are commonly seen on fresh produce markets in Malaysia and Indonesia. Uses & properties The ripe fruit flesh has a somewhat dry but crisp texture (like a raw carrot) and a slightly nutty taste but is neither sweet nor sour. Fruits are usually eaten fresh and may also be added to fruit salads."
- Ben-Erik van Wyk, Food plants of the World: An illustrated guide (Get the book.)

"Joseph's coat, prince's feather and love-lies-bleeding). Anacardium occidentale cashew Cashew flowers and young fruit Cashew nuts Description An evergreen tree of up to 10 m in height, with broad leaves and clusters of purple flowers. Small kidney-shaped fruits are borne on a yellow to bright red, swollen, juicy fruit stalk, known as the cashew apple. The nuts are surrounded by a thin inner membrane, a layer of irritant oil (known as cashew-nut shell liquid) and a tough, leathery outer shell. Origin & history Tropical America (probably northeastern Brazil)."

- Ben-Erik van Wyk, Food plants of the World: An illustrated guide (Get the book.)

"Uses & properties Tequila is a well-known and popular alcoholic drink. An agave worm (maguey worm or gusano) is traditionally added to the bottle as proof of quality - it will rot if the alcohol content is too low. Nutritional value Tequila has little or no food value. notes A. sisalana (the sisal plant) and other species are cultivated in many parts of the world as sources of strong fibre. Aleurites moluccana candlenut tree Candlenut tree Candlenut fruits and seeds Description The candlenut tree has a rounded crown and grows to a height of about 12 to 15 m."

- Ben-Erik van Wyk, Food plants of the World: An illustrated guide (Get the book.)

"Not only are the plants in this field connected, but they possess a power together that's greater than any of them has alone. Any single shrub in the valley, for example, influences only the small area of earth that surrounds it. Put hundreds of thousands of them together, though, and you have a power to reckon with! Together, they change features such as the pH of the soil in a way that assures their survival. And in doing so, the by-product of their existence—their abundant oxygen—is the very essence of ours. As a unified family, these plants can change their world."
- Gregg Braden, The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief (Get the book.)

"In the West Indies, the pods of the African P. biglobosa (locust bean) are an important food source, while in West Africa the seeds of the local P. filicoidea (African locust) are boiled, fermented and eaten. Origin & history Petai is a Malaysian species of lowland forests that has been an important jungle food source for centuries. It is still very popular in Myanmar, southern Thailand, Petai flower and fruit Malaysia and Indonesia, where it is cultivated in villages and kitchen gardens. Parts used Mainly the pods and seeds."
- Ben-Erik van Wyk, Food plants of the World: An illustrated guide (Get the book.)

"They also believe that plants have another remarkable power: the power to combine and become a single 'unified spirit,' much more powerful than any of the plants individually. They feel this 'unified spirit' gives the formulas supernatural healing powers. Not coincidentally, many modern herbalists believe the action of this formula must be the 'synergy' of these combined herbs, some 'magical' quality emerging when blended together." HOW DOES FLOR-ESSENCE WORK?"
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer (Get the book.)

"It is rarely found freely in plants, but usually occurs as glycosides (e.g. salicin salicortin), esters and salts. In humans the glycosides are first hydrolysed to the aglycone salicyl alcohol with the aid of intestinal bacteria. Upon oxidation in the liver and bloodstream salicylic acid is produced (Mills and Bone 2000). Salicylic acid undergoes hepatic biotransformation and most is excreted in the urine as salicylic acid conjugates. Aspirin is a synthetic derivative of salicylic acid."
- Andrew Pengelly, The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine (Get the book.)

"Hydroxystilbenes are found in a variety of plants, many unrelated. They are a prominent component of many species of the Poly-gonaceae family (Rheum, Polygonum spp.) but the richest source is found in grape skins and red wine (Creasy and Creasy 1998). Resveratol is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet and antiallergy agent with demonstrated cancer-preventative activity (Cheong et al. 1999; Steele et al. 1998). It has been shown to inhibit cycloxygenase-2 (COX-2) in vitro (Subbaramaiah et al. 1998)."

- Andrew Pengelly, The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine (Get the book.)

"Biosynthesis of organic compounds Photosynthesis Photosynthesis is a process by which the leaves of plants manufacture carbohydrates and oxygen, using carbon dioxide from the air and water absorbed from the roots. The following equation should be familiar to anyone who studied biology at high school. 6C02 + 6H20 -> C6H1206 + 602 This reaction is only possible under the influence of sunlight and in the presence of specialised plant cells known as chloroplasts, which contain the light-trapping pigment chlorophyll."

- Andrew Pengelly, The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine (Get the book.)

"Addition of a carboxyl group to the basic phenol structure produces a group of QQ compounds, including some of widespread distribution among plants and with important therapeutic activity. The most important of these are gallic acid and salicylic acid. OH hydroquinone A rarer type of simple phenols with C6C2 structures are known as acetophenones. Some of these have demonstrated antiasthmatic activity, particularly apocynin and its glycoside androsin, which are derived from Picrorbiza kurroa (Dorsch et al. 1994)."

- Andrew Pengelly, The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine (Get the book.)

"Ethnobotany Ethnobotanical data were collected from plant sellers while purchasing plant materials in local markets (mostly Mercado Mayorista and Mercado Hermelinda in Trujillo and Mercado Moshoqueque and Mercado Modelo in Chiclayo); by accompanying local healers (curanderos) to the markets when they purchased plants for curing sessions and into the field when they were harvesting."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of the four winds - The magic and medicinal flora of Peru (Get the book.)

"Cholesterol does not occur in plants; therefore, your diet should consist mainly of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, beans and seeds. 2. Increase good fat consumption. Polyunsaturated fatty acids found in plants and some animals, e.g., fish, support healthy inflammation in the body and may reduce inflammation associated with lesion development. 3. Increase fiber intake. This will help inhibit the uptake of cholesterol from the intestinal tract. About 95% of cholesterol in bile acids is re-absorbed in the intestinal tract and recycled. 4. Inhibit liver synthesis of cholesterol."
- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Food and Spices Thirteen plant species, predominantly European introductions like Pimpinella anisum, Foeniculum vidgare, Origanum vu/gare, etc. were used as food and spices, in addition to their medicinal use. Construction Erythrina and Inga species were used as material to plant live fences. Ochromapyramidale (balsa) was used as a light construction timber. Palm fronds and palm stems (Bactris sp.j were used for thatching and roof construction. Ceremonial Uses Palm staffs (Bactris sp.J are still used as power objects on Southern Ecuadorian mesas."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of Longevity, The Medicinal Flora of Vilcabamba (Get the book.)

"So he compared the growth of control groups of plants with the growth of plants given water that had been held by patients being treated for psychotic depression. Sure enough, plants irrigated with that batch of water demonstrated very little germination, and significantly slower growth of those seeds that did sprout.11 Grad later confirmed similar effects of the "laying on of hands" in the healing of cancers and wounds in laboratory animals.12 Grad's experiments were later replicated and extended by other researchers."
- Dawson Church, The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention (Get the book.)

"Sunlight is essential to the growth of all green plants. plants know this. They turn toward the light, stretching themselves open to take in as much as they can. Scientists call this the heliotropic effect. A similar heliotropic effect has been described in people.1 Positivity is essential to the growth of all humans. We know this instinctively. We turn toward positivity, stretching our minds open to take in as much as we can. I call this the broaden effect. Positivity broadens our minds and expands our range of vision. The effect is temporary."
- Barbara Fredrickson, Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life (Get the book.)

"Xiao took us on a tour of the institute facilities, which included a small lab, a modest library, and an herbarium with voucher samples of plants, most notable Eleutherococcus senticosus. "We keep specimens of vmcha here, so if any scientist in any other place needs a valid specimen, we can provide that." Dr. Xiao told us that scientists at the institute as well as in Russia have found numerous active substances in wucha, including sterols, coumarins, flavonoids, and polysaccharides."
- Chris Kilham, Hot Plants: Nature's Proven Sex Boosters for Men and Women (Get the book.)

"Cruciferous plants include rapeseed (the source of canola oil), radish, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, mustard, garden rocket, and watercress. Maca is an annual plant with a rosette of frilly leaves lying close to the ground. The plant produces a turniplike hypocotyl, or tuber, which matures within approximately seven months after seeds are planted. The tubers may be red, green, black, pink, purplish, yellow, or cream colored. Locals in the Peruvian highlands claim that yellow roots are preferable, because they are sweeter."

- Chris Kilham, Hot Plants: Nature's Proven Sex Boosters for Men and Women (Get the book.)

"And yohimbine hydrochloride is indeed a drug, one of many pharmaceutical agents derived from plants and sold by prescription. Yohimbine has been tested against placebo in ten randomized trials with 659 men. In the studies 335 men received yohimbine and 324 received a placebo. The results of the studies are good. Yohimbine provided satisfactory erections in 30 percent of men as compared with 14 percent with placebo. The dose of yohimbine given in the studies ranged between 15mg and 44 mg daily, for four to ten weeks of treatment."

- Chris Kilham, Hot Plants: Nature's Proven Sex Boosters for Men and Women (Get the book.)

"The ginsenosides, like many compounds in plants, help to protect the ginseng plant itself. Once or twice every year, I make a trip to a Chinese grocery or herbal shop to pick up one or two big bags of red ginseng tailings. I stop to admire the whole red roots, which may cost as much as twenty dollars for just an ounce or two. Then I purchase one or two pounds of even more highly concentrated tailings for about twelve dollars per pound. The savings are significant. At home, I fill a mason jar to the top with the ginseng talings."

- Chris Kilham, Hot Plants: Nature's Proven Sex Boosters for Men and Women (Get the book.)

"As some readers may know, Carlos Castaneda was an anthropology graduate student at UCLA in the 1960s who sought to learn from native shamans about psychotropic plants in the southwestern United States and Mexico. According to his story, he met a Yaqui Indian sorcerer, don Juan, who agreed to teach him about hallucinogenic plants. In the process, don Juan provided Castaneda with a unique view of the world. Even more important, perhaps, don Juan supplied techniques to experience this new worldview."
- Robert Waggoner, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (Get the book.)

"The number of other Peruvian plants for which at least limited phytochemical studies exist is still miniscule, and most efforts are fuelled by the fads and fashions of the international herbal supplement market. Studies involving multiple species were initiated as late as the 1990s [105, 106, 107] and are still the exception to the rule. Conclusions Northern Peru occupies the middle sector of the "health axis" of the Central Andean cultural area stretching from Bolivia to Ecuador. Few other places on the planet boast a medicinal flora as rich as this region."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of the four winds - The magic and medicinal flora of Peru (Get the book.)

"The demand was expressed to London, where the rulers of India saw no reason why cinchona plants should not be brought from the Andes and naturalized in the south Indian hills, which were of roughly the same height and latitude as the plant's native home. The second element in the British establishment that had arrived at the same conclusion—the need for a daily dose of "Peruvian bark extract" for millions of tropical subjects of the British Empire—was the staff of Kew Gardens."
- Henry Hobhouse, Seeds of Change: Six plants That Transformed Mankind (Get the book.)

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