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Healing With Medicinal Plants of the West

Healing With Medicinal Plants of the West


This remarkable book was written by a Chumash Indian Healer and a Professor of Pharmacology, making it a unique integration of the oldest and newest information on Western medicinal plants. Each plant is carefully presented and researched with references (309 citations!) and accompanied by a color photo. Safety issues for each plant are discussed. 

About the Authors:

Cecilia Garcia was a Chumash healer. She learned California native healing from her maternal and paternal Grandparents who were all Chumash healers. She practiced her healing arts on many people over the years. Cecilia practiced the Chumash religion, which is integral to Chumash healing. She had a generous spirit and openly shared her knowledge in this book. Sadly, Cecilia Garcia died in her home in Ensenada, Mexico on May 15, 2012.

James David Adams, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. He got his PhD in 1981 at UC San Francisco in Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology. He has authored over 200 publications, including 30 with Cecilia Garcia. He has been involved in learning California native healing since 1998. All plant photographs are by Jim. His family came from England to Virginia in 1635, then migrated to Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Oregon. They survived on the frontier by learning healing. He continues the pioneer tradition of learning healing from American Indians.

by Cecilia Garcia and James D. Adams, softcover, 2012