This softcover edition explores the roots of ethnobotany. For millennia, humans have looked to nature for remedies. Long before formal science encouraged us to take a systemic approach to medicine, healers used plants to create herbal remedies for a host of ailments. Featuring 350 full-color photographs, botanical drawings, and maps, this accessible, fact-filled book is based on the work of renowned botanical experts and presents alphabetically arranged, beautifully illustrated entries for hundreds of plants that have been used for millennia. This book is a fascinating medical chronicle filled with informative sidebars on everything from ancient folklore to the latest research. It's a journey that starts many centuries ago in remote places like the Amazon rainforest, where shamans practiced their curative magic using plants, and leads to the Cartesian high-tech pharmaceutical labs of today's scientists working to discover new plant-based drugs that can be used effectively to treat diseases major and minor alike.