The Fungal Pharmacy
The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America
The ultimate guide to maximizing the healing properties of medicinal mushrooms and lichens--featuring over 300 detailed plant profiles for easy mushroom identification
In The Fungal Pharmacy, noted herbalist Robert Rogers introduces readers to more than 300 species of medicinal mushrooms and lichens found in North America. These fungi, Rogers explains, have the capacity to heal both the body and, through the process of myco-remediation, the planet itself. Throughout the book, he documents their success in optimizing the immune system and treating a wide range of acute and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and liver problems, blood sugar disorders, cancer, and obesity.
Entries discuss the mushroom or lichen's medicinal traits and properties, including active chemical components, preparation methods (including extracts, essences, and essential oils), and historical as well as modern-day usage. Two hundred full-color photos and thorough descriptions make identification easy for the reader. Rogers also delves into the cultural, religious, and literary significance of each mushroom, featuring fascinating tidbits about each one's etymology and history.
About this Author
Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for over forty years. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is an assistant clinical professor in family medicine. He taught plant medicine, including herbology and flower essences, at MacEwan University for ten years, and presently in the Earth Spirit Medicine Program at the Northern Star College in Edmonton. Robert has been the chair of several agricultural health committees, in addition to being on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms and Discovery Phytomedicine. He also cohosts The Alberta Herb Gathering (www.herbgatheringalberta.com), held every other year, and lives on on Millcreek Ravine in Edmonton with his wife, Laurie Szott-Rogers.
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