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Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine : Treatments for Diabetes Cholesterol and the Immune System - Ran Knishinsky

Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine

Treatments for Diabetes Cholesterol and the Immune System

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The first complete guide to natural healing properties and uses of the prickly pear cactus- Examines the scientific research promoting the cactus as a natural diabetes and cholesterol medication as well as its use in the treatment of obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, and viral infections- Explores the healing uses of prickly pears from the perspective of doctor, chemist, ethnobotanist, cook, and layman- Includes 24 cactus recipes--from Prickly Pear Bread to Cactus CandyThe prickly pear cactus--a plant that has the distinction of being a vegetable, fruit, and flower all in one--is destined to be the next big herbal superstar, following in the footsteps of St. John's wort and Echinacea, according to author Ran Knishinsky. One of the driving forces behind its popularity is that each part of this plant functions as both food and medicine. It has been a staple in the diets of the people of the southwestern portion of the United States, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Africa, and Central and South America for hundreds of years.Traditionally, the prickly pear cactus has been used as a panacea for over 100 different ailments. More recently, it has been the subject of blood cholesterol research trials sponsored by the American Heart Association. In addition to the results of this research, Knishinsky includes scientific studies on the antiviral properties of the cactus to treat herpes, influenza, and HIV, as well as its use in treating obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and skin ailments. A resource section details the natural food companies that supply prickly pear cactus and a chapter of recipes offers 24 traditional and modern dishes using the pads and fruit of the cactus.

" As an herbalist and ethnobotanist, I have scoured the literature to find more details about the use of these curious plants. My search has been rewarded by the publication of Ran Knishinsky's new book, Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine. He has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This, the only cactus widely available in American supermarkets, is poised to become a dietary staple and Knishinsky's book provides the spark to move prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance." " An excellent blend of good science and real life applications." " Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is the first guide to the natural healing powers of the prickly pear cactus." " For paean to the prickly pear, and as a source of good practical information about its uses, this book is an excellent resource." " A comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its acceptance into modern herbalism." " The prickly pear cactus may become an herbal superstar. . . . Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is a unique and invaluable contribution to alternative medicine reference collections." " . . . how intriguing it is that prickly pear cactus grows so profusely here in the Southwest and is also the treatment for a disease that is epidemic here amongst the native people." " Ran Knishinsky has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This book provides the spark to move the prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance." " The prickly pear is one of the most widespread cacti on Earth and has some of the most diverse uses, both as food and medicine. This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its increased acceptance into modern herbalism." " A wonderful book about a wonderful herb. An excellent blend of good science and real life apllications showing the relevance of prickly pear in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol management and a range of immunological problems. The wealth of gourmet recipes and practical guidelines will prove invaluable to the many people that prickly pear will benefit." "An excellent blend of good science and real life applications." "A comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its acceptance into modern herbalism." "Ran Knishinsky has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This book provides the spark to move the prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance." & quot; For paean to the prickly pear, and as a source of good practical information about its uses, this book is an excellent resource.& quot; & quot; . . . how intriguing it is that prickly pear cactus grows so profusely here in the Southwest and is also the treatment for a disease that is epidemic here amongst the native people.& quot; & quot; The prickly pear cactus may become an herbal superstar. . . . Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is a unique and invaluable contribution to alternative medicine reference collections.& quot; & quot; The prickly pear is one of the most widespread cacti on Earth and has some of the most diverse uses, both as food and medicine. This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its increased acceptance into modern herbalism.& quot; & quot; A wonderful book about a wonderful herb. An excellent blend of good science and real life apllications showing the relevance of prickly pear in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol management and a range of immunological problems. The wealth of gourmet recipes and practical guidelines will prove invaluable to the many people that prickly pear will benefit.& quot; & quot; As an herbalist and ethnobotanist, I have scoured the literature to find more details about the use of these curious plants. My search has been rewarded by the publication of Ran Knishinsky's new book, Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine . He has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This, the only cactus widely available in American supermarkets, is poised to become a dietary staple and Knishinsky's book provides the spark to move prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance.& quot; ?An excellent blend of good science and real life applications.? "Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is the first guide to the natural healing powers of the prickly pear cactus." ?A comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its acceptance into modern herbalism.? ?Ran Knishinsky has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This book provides the spark to move the prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance.? "Un examen amplio y detallado de los beneficios de esta importante planta y un argumento convincente a favor de su aceptacion en el herbalismo moderno."--Mark Blumenthal, director ejecutivo del Consejo Botanico Estadounidense y editor de la publicacion "HerbalGram" "Un maravilloso libro sobre una planta maravillosa. Una excelente combinacion entre buena ciencia y su aplicacion a la vida real. Una muestra de la importancia del nopal en el tratamiento de enfermedades como la diabetes, control del colesterol, y una diversidad de problemas inmunologicos. La abundancia de recetas gourmet y su guia de usos practicos seran una ayuda inestimable para todos aquellos que deseen beneficiarse de la planta de nopal."--David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG, autor de "Medical Herbalism" ["Herbalismo medico"] y "The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal "["Guia completa ilust "El nopal es una de las especies de cactus mas extendidas sobre la tierra y a la vez una de las de mayor diversidad de usos tanto en lo alimentario como medicinal. Este libro entrega una revision comprehensiva y detallada de los beneficios de esta notable planta, asi como un testimonio de los innegables meritos que le han otorgado una creciente aceptacion dentro de la botanica moderna."--Mark Blumenthal, director ejecutivo del Consejo Americano de Botanica y Editor de "HerbalGram" "Como herbolario y etnobotanico, he hurgado a lo largo de mi vida en todo tipo de literatura, a fin de dar con mayor informacion sobre el uso de estas singulares plantas. Mi investigacion ha sido compensada con la nueva publicacion de Ran Knishinsky: " Usos medicos del nopal". Su magistral trabajo revela en detalle los usos del cactus nopal tanto en sus aplicaciones alimentarias como medicinal. Este cactus, el unico ampliamente vendido en los supermercados de Estados Unidos, esta proximo a convertirse en uno de los principales productos de la dieta americana. El libro de Knishinsky estimula a su uso mas alla de su consumo por algunos grupos etnicos, para alcanzar una aceptacion general."--David Winston, AHG, Rector de la Escuela de Terapia Herbaria de Medicina Bontanica y Miembro del Consejo Revisor de Admisiones de la Asociacion Americana de herbolaria ." . . how intriguing it is that prickly pear cactus grows so profusely here in the Southwest and is also the treatment for a disease that is epidemic here amongst the native people." "A wonderful book about a wonderful herb. An excellent blend of good science and real life apllications showing the relevance of prickly pear in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol management and a range of immunological problems. The wealth of gourmet recipes and practical guidelines will prove invaluable to the many people that prickly pear will benefit." "As an herbalist and ethnobotanist, I have scoured the literature to find more details about the use of these curious plants. My search has been rewarded by the publication of Ran Knishinsky's new book, "Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine". He has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This, the only cactus widely available in American supermarkets, is poised to become a dietary staple and Knishinsky's book provides the spark to move prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance." "For paean to the prickly pear, and as a source of good practical information about its uses, this book is an excellent resource." "The prickly pear cactus may become an herbal superstar. . . . "Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine" is a unique and invaluable contribution to alternative medicine reference collections." "The prickly pear is one of the most widespread cacti on Earth and has some of the most diverse uses, both as food and medicine. This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its increased acceptance into modern herbalism." ""Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine" is the first guide to the natural healing powers of the prickly pear cactus." "Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is the first guide to the natural healing powers of the prickly pear cactus." & quot; Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine is the first guide to the natural healing powers of the prickly pear cactus.& quot;

Prefacep. vii
Cactus Medicinep. 1
What Is a Cactus?p. 14
The Healing Parts of the Prickly Pear Cactusp. 20
The Cactus-Diabetes Connectionp. 29
The Cactus-Cholesterol Connectionp. 55
Other Benefits of and Treatments Using Prickly Pear Cactusp. 67
Application and Dosage of Prickly Pear Cactusp. 80
Picking and Preparing the Prickly Pearp. 87
Cactus Cookingp. 98
Prickly Pear Suppliersp. 112
Herbal Education and Natural Product Servicesp. 119
General Resources for Diabetes and Heart Diseasep. 122
Notesp. 126
Bibliographyp. 135
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ISBN: 9780892811496
ISBN-10: 0892811498
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 7th June 2004
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.14