For thousands of years, healers have used plants to cure illness Aspirin, the world s most widely used drug, is based on compounds originally extracted from the bark of a willow tree, and than a quarter of medicines found on pharmacy shelves contain plant compounds Now Western medicine, faced with health crises such as AIDS, Alzheimer s disease, and cancer, has begun to look to the healing plants used by indigenous peoples to develop powerful new medicines Nowhere is the search promising than in the , the world s largest tropical forest, home to a quarter of all botanical species on this planetas well as hundreds of Indian tribes whose medicinal plants have never been studied by Western scientists In Tales of a Shaman s Apprentice, ethnobotanist Mark J Plotkin recounts his travels and studies with some of the most powerful ian shamans, who taught him the plant lore their tribes have spent thousands of years gleaning from the rain forest.For than a decade, Dr Plotkin has raced against time to harvest and record new plants before the rain forests fragile ecosystems succumb to overdevelopmentand before the Indians abandon their own culture and learning for the seductive appeal of Western material culture Tales of a Shaman s Apprentice relates nine of the author s quests, taking the reader along on a wild odyssey as he participates in healing rituals discovers the secret of curare, the lethal arrow poison that kills in minutes tries the hallucinogenic snuff epena that enables the Indians to speak with their spirit world and earns the respect and fellowship of the mysterious shamans as he proves that he shares both their endurance and their reverence for the rain forest Mark Plotkin combines the Darwinian spirit of the great writer explorers of the nineteenth centurycurious, discursive, and rigorously scientificwith a very modern concern for the erosion of our environment and the vanishing culture of native peoples....
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Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest Reviews
I LOVE this book. To anyone who likes herbs or homeopathic remedies or science in general, you need to get this book. Yes, it's a little outdated what with it being about 2 decades old, but the reading is still there, and it's all true! It gives you a glimpse into what life was like in the deep, untouched forests back then and talks about who big pharma was already in the process of attempting to focus on their personal gain rather than supporting these shaman who knew so much about medicinal herbs and plants. I couldn't put this book down and ended up flying through it in less than a week. It's an easy read despite all the scientific plant names in it and is something I encourage all of you to look into.
This real life tale of an ethnobotanist learning from indigenous South American tribesmen and shamans is a jewel of a book. I didn't want it to end, though it ends in a way that fills me with hope and promise for the human race. Plotkin shares his experiences with native tribesmen as he learns the plants and medicines that they have relied upon, and gives the medicine men a voice at a time when Western Culture begins to dominate tribal life.. He paints a respectful portrait of the cultures and individual personalities in a way that takes you inside his circle of subjects, people who gave freely of their knowledge of the forest plants and their healing combinations and recipes. It's no surprise that I have given this book many times as a gift.
This book was assigned for one of my anthropology classes. I first thought it was going to be one of those books with information like an English book from a high school English class, but as I started reading it, it took me into the story all the way to the end.
Fascinating. Plotkin is one of the great pioneers in the research of medicinal uses of plants. This guy knows his ethnobiology.
Good book but completely outdated, and written with a level of optimism that borders on irresponsible.
This has been an interesting read. The delivery and service was efficient and timely with no problems encountered. I am happy to own this book as the sadness is in the diminishing culture of the wise men, trees, animals and knowledge from the Amazon and I have a personal account of the last of the wise people from an ancient culture hopefully being able to pass onto next generations.
A few years ago, I was fortunate to attend a lecture by Plotkin where he shared a few of his magical experiences in the Amazon. The book offers the wonder of Darwinian discoveries from the shaman's perspective and is a must read!
This book is so interesting i ended up listening to the audio book on youtube. But i still bought the copy because i like the smell od books and it was a good read.