Bibliography of Herb research (1991)
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Extensive Herb Reference List
LC Science Tracer Bullet Series
Compiled by Judith Robinson and Constance Carter
Science Reference Section
Science and Technology Division Library of Congress
10 First Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-5581
TB 91-8 May 1991
SCOPE: The study of medical botany is taking on new significance as the
forests are destroyed. Tropical plants contain an enormous variety of
chemicals of potential benefit to modern medicine. Major universities,
pharmaceutical firms, and government agencies, including the National
Institutes of Health, are greatly expanding their programs in natural
products research in hopes of finding new medicines for a variety of ills,
including cancer, diabetes, and diseases of the immune system. Teams of
plant collectors, chemists, and ethnobotanists have been dispatched to
tropical regions to collect new species and to study the folklore of
medicinal plants from local healers and those with knowledge of indigenous
plants. The ethnobotanical information that these individuals can supply
helps narrow the search for plants with known pharmacological activity.
This compilation, an update of two earlier Tracer Bullets (TB 72-19 and TB
81-2), provides references to published materials on plants containing
substances of medicinal value. Publications issued since 1980, as well as
those that librarians and researchers have found particularly useful in
work over the years, are emphasized. More attention has been given to the
medicinal plants used by Native Americans and to titles describing plants
different geographical areas than was done in earlier compilations. This
Tracer Bullet has been compiled to assist individuals in locating
about medicinal plants in the collections of the Library of Congress and
provide suggestions for further study. Not intended to be a comprehensive
bibliography, this guide is designed--as the name of the series
put the reader "on target."
* Available in reference collection, Science Reading Room
Guthrie, D. Plants as remedies: the debt of medicine to botany. In
Society of Edinburgh. Transactions, v. 39, no. 2, 1961: 184-195.
and Pamphlet box*
Farnsworth, Norman R. New medicines from plants: the quest to obtain
drugs from plants is being renewed, and not
a moment too soon. World & I, v. 3, Sept. 1988: 214221. CB428.W67 and
Plotkin, Mark J. The healing forest: the search for new jungle plants.
v. 24, Jan./Feb. 1990: 9-14.
CB158.F88 and Pamphlet box*
SUBJECT HEADINGS used by the Library of Congress, under which books on
plants can be located, include the following:
MATERIA MEDICA, VEGETABLE (Highly relevant)
MEDICINAL PLANTS (Highly relevant)
BOTANY, MEDICAL (Relevant)
HERBAL TEAS (Relevant) HERBS--THERAPEUTIC USE (Relevant)
See also names of specific herbs, plants, substances, etc., e.g., COMFREY,
BOTANICAL DRUG INDUSTRY (Related)
HALLUCINOGENIC PLANTS (Related)
HERBAL COSMETICS (Related)
PSYCHOTROPIC PLANTS (Related)
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY CONSERVATION (More general) BOTANY, ECONOMIC
ETHNOBOTANY (More general)
INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA--MEDICINE (More general)
RAIN FOREST ECOLOGY (More general)
Blackwell, Will H. Poisonous and medicinal plants. Englewood Cliffs,
Prentice Hall, c1990. 329 p.
QK100.A1B57 1990* Chapter 5 written by Martha J. Powell.
Buchman, Dian Dincin. Dian Dincin Buchman's Herbal medicine: the natural
to get well and stay well. New York, Gramercy Pub. Co., 1980, c1979. 310
See particularly "Sources for dried botanicals, herb
products, oils": p. 273-279 and "Live plant and seed sources": p. 279-286.
Crellin, J. K., and Jane Philpott. Herbal medicine past and present.
Duke University Press, c1990. 2 v. RS164.B324C74 1990*
Based in large part on recorded interviews with A. L. Tommie Bass, his
friends, neighbors, and people in his community.
Bibliography: v. 1, p. 265-323.
Contents: v. 1. Trying to give ease.--v. 2. A
reference guide to medicinal plants.
Der Marderosian, Ara Harold, and Lawrence E. Liberti. Natural product
a scientific guide to foods, drugs, cosmetics. Philadelphia, G. F.
c1988. 388 p. RS160.D47 1988*
Grieve, Maud. A modern herbal: the medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and
properties, cultivation and folk-lore of herbs, grasses, fungi, shrubs, &
with all their modern scientific uses. With an introd. by the editor,
Mrs. C. F.
Leyel. New York, Dover Publications, 1971. 2 v.
A reprint of the 1931 ed.
Kreig, Margaret B. Green medicine: the search for plants that heal.
Rand McNally, 1964. 462 p. QK99.K68*
Bibliography: p. 433-446.
Lewis, Hepworth, and Memory P. F. Elvin-Lewis. Medical botany: plants
man's health. New York, Wiley, c1977. 515 p. RS164.L475*
Bibliography: p. 456-465.
Morton, Julia Frances. Major medicinal plants: botany, culture, and uses.
Springfield, Ill., Thomas, c1977. 431 p. QK99.A1M67*
Bibliography: p. 383-412.
Van der Zee, Barbara. Green pharmacy: a history of herbal medicine. New
Viking Press, 1982, c1981. 379 p.
Bibliography: p. 337-347.
Aikman, Lonnelle. Nature's healing arts: from folk medicine to modern
Prepared by the Special Publications Division. Washington, National
Geographic Society, c1977. 199 p. RS164.A36
Andoh, Anthony K. The science and romance of selected herbs used in
and religious ceremony. San Francisco, North Scale Institute, c1986. 324
p. QK99.A1A54 1986
Bibliography: p. 318-324.
Carse, Mary. Herbs of the earth: a self-teaching guide to healing
common North American plants and trees. Hinesburg, Vt., Upper Access
Publishers, c1989. 238 p. RM666.H33C367 1989
Coon, Nelson. Using plants for healing: an American herbal. 2nd ed.
Rodale Press, c1979. 272 p.
Bibliography: p. 239-248.
Davies, Jill. A garden of miracles: herbal drinks for pleasure, health,
beauty. New York, Beaufort Books, c1985. 144 p. RM666.H33D38
Duke, James A. Medicinal plants of the Bible. Owerri, N.Y., Trado-Medic
1983. 233 p. QK99.A1D84 1983
Bibliography: p. 175-178.
Emboden, William A. Narcotic plants. Rev. and enl. New York,
c1979. 206 p. QK99.A1E5 1979
Bibliography: p. 195-202.
Folk medicine: the art and the science. Edited by Richard P. Steiner.
Washington, American Chemical Society, c1986. 223 p.
Examines the medical practices of non-Western cultures in order to
establish a scientific basis for the success of various folk remedies.
Includes material on isolating and identifying specific chemical
of plants as well as providing information on the medicinal plants of
Gibbons, Euell. Stalking the healthful herbs. Putney, Vt.,
A. C. Hood, 1989, c1966. 301 p. QK99.U6G53 1989
Reprint. Originally published in New York by D. McKay, 1966.
Hartwell, Jonathan L. Plants used against cancer: a survey. Lawrence,
Quarterman Publications, c1982. 710 p. (Bioactive plants, v. 2)
HsA, Hung-yuan, Yu-pan Chen, and Mei-na Hung. The chemical constituents
oriental herbs. Los Angeles, Oriental Healing Arts Institute,
RS164.H838 1982* Vol. 1 has
cover title: The Chemical Constituents of
Oriental Herbal Drugs.
Vol. 2 published at Long Beach, Calif.
Translation of Han Yao Chih Hua HsAeh Ch'eng Fen.
Kelly, Howard Atwood. Some American medical botanists commemorated in our
botanical nomenclature. Troy, N.Y., Southworth Co., 1914. 215 p.
"Delivered as a lecture before the Medical Historical Society of Chicago,
1910, and before the University of Nebraska, October 16, 1913."
Magic and medicine of plants. Pleasantville, N.Y., Reader's Digest
Inc., c1986. 464 p.
New pharmaceuticals derived from plants. New Haven, Conn., Technology
Management Group, c1988. 1 v. (various pagings)
"An assessment of worldwide market opportunities in
plant-derived drugs for cancer, AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, and other
Schultes, Richard Evans, and Albert Hofmann. The botany and chemistry of
hallucinogens. Rev. and enl. 2nd ed. Springfield, Ill., Thomas, c1980.
(American lecture series, publication no. 1025) QK99.A1S37
Bibliography: p. 369-409.
Taylor, Norman. Plant drugs that changed the world. New York, Dodd,
c1965. 275 p. QK99.T35*
Bibliography: p. 255-263.
Tyler, Varro E., Lynn R. Brady, and James E. Robbers.
Pharmacognosy. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1988. 519 p.
SELECTED TITLES REFLECTING DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS
Bolyard, Judith L. Medicinal plants and home remedies of Appalachia.
Springfield, Ill., Thomas, c1981. 187 p.
Cox, Donald D. Common flowering plants of the Northeast: their natural
and uses. Albany, N.Y., State University of New York Press, c1985. 418
Bibliography: p. 395-398. QK117.C828 1985*
Moore, Michael. Medicinal plants of the desert and canyon West: a guide
identifying, preparing, and using traditional medicinal plants found in
canyons of the West and Southwest. Sante Fe, N.M., Museum of New Mexico
Press, 1989. 184 p. QK99.U6M65 1989
Bibliography: p. 160-163.
----- Medicinal plants of the mountain West: a guide to the
preparation, and uses of traditional medicinal plants found in the
foothills, and upland areas of the American West. Sante Fe, N.M., Museum
New Mexico Press, c1979. 200 p. QK99.U6M66 1979
Bibliography: p. 194-196.
Naegele, Thomas A. Edible and medicinal plants of the Great Lakes.
Mich., T. A. Naegele Survival Seminars, c1980. 427 p.
Bibliography: p. 263-269.
Touchstone, Samuel J. Herbal and folk medicine of Louisiana and adjacent
states, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas. Princeton, La.,
Books, 1983. 175 p.
Tyler, Varro E. Hoosier home remedies. West Lafayette, Ind., Purdue
Press, 1985. 212 p. GR110.I6T95 1985
Bibliography: p. 191-194.
Viereck, Eleanor. Alaska's wilderness medicines: healthful plants of the
north. Edmonds, Wash., Alaska Northwest Publishing Co., c1987. 107 p.
Bibliography: p. 97-102.
Westrich, LoLo. California herbal remedies. Houston, Gulf
Publishing Co., Book Division, c1989. 180 p. RM666.H33W445 1989
Bibliography: p. 164-167.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Ayensu, Edward S. Medicinal plants of the West Indies. Algonac, Mich.,
Reference Publications, 1981. 282 p.
Bibliography: p. 212-213.
Morton, Julia Frances. Atlas of medicinal plants of Middle America:
Yucatan. Springfield, Ill., Thomas, c1981. 1420 p.
Bibliography: p. 1297-1319.
Schultes, Richard Evans, and Robert F. Raffauf. The healing forest:
and toxic plants of the northwest Amazonia. Portland, Ore., Dioscorides
Press, c1990. 484 p. (Historical, ethno- & economic botany series, v. 2)
Bibliography: p. 475-476.
Seaforth, C. E. Natural products in Caribbean folk medicine. St.
Trinidad, W.I., University of the West Indies, c1988. 140 p.
Seaforth, C. E., C. D. Adams, and Y. Sylvester. A guide to the medicinal
Trinidad & Tobago. Rev. version. Tunapuna, Trinidad, W.I., CARIRI,
Industrial Research Institute, 1986. 222 p. RS164.S473 1986
Reprint. Originally published by Commonwealth Secretariat in London,
Bibliography: p. 201-206.
AFRICA, ASIA, AND AUSTRALIA
Bensky, Dan, Andrew Gamble, and Ted J. Kaptchuk, comps. Chinese herbal
medicine: materia medica. Seattle, Eastland Press, c1986. 723 p.
"Historical bibliography": p. 697-701.
"Translators' bibliography": p. 703-705.
Boulos, Loutfy. Medicinal plants of North Africa. Algonac, Mich.,
Publications, 1983. 286 p. (Medicinal plants of the world, no. 3)
Bibliography: p. 210-214.
Caius, Jean Ferdinand. The medicinal and poisonous plants of India.
India, Scientific Publishers, 1986. 528 p. QK99.I4C35 1986
"Originally published in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History
Society in 24 parts, v. 37 (4), 1935--v. 45 (3), 1944."
Duke, James A., and Edward J. Ayensu. Medicinal plants of
China. Algonac, Mich., Reference Publications, 1985. 2 v. (Medicinal
plants of the
world, no. 4)
QK99.C448D85 1985* Text in
English, Chinese, and Latin.
Kokwaro, J. O. Medicinal plants of East Africa. Kampala, Uganda, East
Literature Bureau, 1976. 384 p.
Lassak, E. V., and T. McCarthy. Australian medicinal plants. North Ryde,
Methuen Australia, 1983. 240 p.
Manandhar, N. P. Medicinal plants of Nepal Himalaya. Kathmandu, Nepal,
Pustak Bhandar, 1980. 85 p.
Oliver-Bever, Bep. Medicinal plants in tropical West Africa. Cambridge,
New York, Cambridge University Press, 1986. 375 p. RS164.057
Bibliography: p. 269-354.
Roberts, Margaret. Margaret Roberts' book of herbs: the medicinal and
uses of herbs in South Africa. Bergvlei, South Africa, J. Ball, 1983. 159
Stark, Raymond. Maori herbal remedies. New York, Viking Sevenseas,
116 p. DU423.M38S73 1979
MEDICINAL USES OF PLANTS BY NATIVE AMERICANS
Densmore, Frances. How Indians use wild plants for food, medicine, and
New York, Dover, 1974. 116 p.
Reprint of "Uses of plants by the Chippewa Indians" from the 44th Annual
report (1926/27) of the U.S. Bureau of American Ethnology (E51.U55).
Duke, James A. Handbook of Northeastern Indian medicine. Lincoln, Mass.,
Quarterman, 1986. 212 p. (Bioactive plants, v. 3)
Not in LC
Bibliography: p. 172-174.
Erichsen-Brown, Charlotte. Use of plants for the past 500 years. Aurora,
Breezy Creeks Press, c1979. 510
p. GN560.U6E75 1979* Bibliography: p.
Gilmore, Melvin Randolph. Uses of plants by the Indians of the Missouri
region. Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1919. 154 p. E98.B7G4
Reprinted from the 33rd Annual report (1911/12) of the U.S. Bureau of
American Ethnology (E51.U55).
Hamel, Paul B., and Mary Ulmer Chiltoskey. Cherokee plants and their
400 year history. Sylva, N.C., Herald Pub. Co., c1975. 65 p.
Bibliography: p. 64-65.
Herrick, James William. Iroquois medical botany. Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Microfilms, 1977. 1 microfilm reel. 35mm. UMI
Collation of the original: 563 p.
Bibliography: p. 200-209.
Thesis (doctoral)--State University of New York at
Abstracted in Dissertation Abstracts, v. 38A, Feb. 1977: 4912.
Lynas, Lothian. Medicinal and food plants of the North American Indians:
bibliography. New York, Library of the New York Botanical Garden, 1972.
Moerman, Daniel E. Geraniums for the Iroquois: a field guide to American
medicinal plants. Algonac, Mich., Reference Publications, 1982, c1981.
Bibliography: p. 218-221.
----- Medicinal plants of Native America. Ann Arbor, Museum of
University of Michigan, 1986. 2 v. (910 p.) (Research reports in
contribution 2) (University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology. Technical
reports, no. 19) E98.B7M64 1986*
Bibliography: p. 527-534.
Updates American Medical Ethnobotany: a Reference
Dictionary (Garland 1977).
Scully, Virginia. A treasury of American Indian herbs: their lore and
for food, drugs, and medicine. New York, Crown Publishers, 1970. 306 p.
Bibliography: p. 296-302.
Stark, Raymond. Guide to Indian herbs. Vancouver, B.C., Blaine, Wash.,
House, c1981. 48 p. E98.M4S7 1981
Taylor, Lyda Averill Paz. Plants used as curatives by certain
tribes. New York, AMS Press, 1978. 88 p.
Reprint of the 1940 ed. published by the Botanical Museum of Harvard
University, Cambridge, Mass.
Train, Percy, James R. Henrichs, and W. Andrew Archer. Medicinal uses
plants by Indian tribes of Nevada. Lawrence, Mass., Quarterman
Inc., 1982. 139 p. (Bioactive plants, v. 1) E78.N4T7 1982
"This work is a facsimile reproduction of the revised edition of 1957,
which included a summary of
pharmacological research by W. Andrew Archer, published as Contributions
Toward a Flora of Nevada, no. 45, a series prepared through the
of the National Arboretum and the Plant Introduction Section of the Crops
Research Division under the Agriculture Research Service of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Plant Industry Station, Beltsville, Maryland."
Bibliography: p. 128-131.
Vogel, Virgil J. American Indian medicine. Norman, University of
Press, 1970. 583 p. (The Civilization of the American Indian series, 95)
version of the author's thesis, University of
Bibliography: p. 473-517.
Weiner, Michael A. Earth medicine--earth food: plant remedies, drugs, and
natural foods of the North American Indians. 1st Ballantine Books ed.,
expanded. New York, Ballantine Books, c1991. 230 p. E98.M4W4 1991
Bibliography: p. 217-218.
Weslager, C. A. Magic medicines of the Indians. Somerset, N.J., Middle
Press, 1973. 161 p. E98.M4W47
Bibliography: p. 149-151.
Wyman, Leland Clifton, and Stuart Kimball Harris. Navajo Indian medical
ethnobotany. New York, AMS Press, 1979. 76 p. E99.N3W9328
Reprint of the 1941 ed. published in the University of New Mexico
Bulletin, Anthropological series, v. 3, no. 5, whole no. 366.