Echinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild History by Kelly KindscherEchinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild History by Kelly Kindscher

Echinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild History

byKelly Kindscher

Hardcover | June 16, 2016

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This book provides an in-depth analysis of one the of most popular medicinal plants-Echinacea a species that is native to only the US and Canada. There are nine Echinacea species and several roots and above-ground portions of these showy wildflowers have been used in herbal medicine as an immune stimulant and to reduce one's chances of catching a cold. Considerable medical research supports these claims. The most popular species and the primary one wild-harvested is the one native to the Great Plains, Echinacea angustifolia. It has a long history of use, including being both historically and currently the most widely-used medicinal plant by any of the Great Plains Native Americans. The importance of this species is described by the editor with a few key contributors chosen to relate the important facets of the story of this interesting plant: Echinacea's biology, ecology, medicinal uses, markets, production and harvest, along with population biology, legal protections, ethnobotany, and history. The US Forest Service has expressed concern about the conservation status of Echinacea species on their lands, especially on the National Grasslands and National Forest units in the northern Great Plains. Overall, the future status of Echinacea, as an important medicinal plant and in the wild is not grim, but this book provides a clear perspective of why both cultivated and wild-harvested Echinacea will continue to be available to consumers without threatening the remaining populations.
Kelly Kindscher, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey and a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Kansas. His research specialties are plant community ecology, conservation biology, restoration ecology, botany, and ethnobotany. He is known as a passionate speaker for the wild-wild pra...
Title:Echinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:238 pagesPublished:June 16, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319181556

ISBN - 13:9783319181554

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Table of Contents


Echinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild History

Title Page


Table of Contents
Forward by Steven Foster

Preface by Kelly Kindscher


Chapter 1Introduction by Kelly Kindscher                                                                                                                             

I.  Cultural use

Chapter 2 Uses ofEchinacea angustifoliaand otherEchinaceaspecies

by Native Americans of the Great Plainsby Kelly Kindscher                                                

Chapter 3 Cultivation ofEchinacea angustifoliaandEchinacea purpureaby Maggie Riggsand Kelly Kindscher              


II.  Botany

Chapter 4 Naming and classification ofEchinaceaspecies -by Kelly Kindscher and Rebecca Wittenberg                                 Chapter 5 Biology and ecology of echinaceaby Kelly Kindscher                                                                       

Chapter 6 A species-by-species overviewby Kelly Kindscher                                                                               


III.  Wild populations

Chapter 7 One hundred twenty years ofEchinacea angustifoliaharvest in the Smoky Hills of Kansas

          by Dana Price and Kel

ly Kindscher                                                                                               

Chapter 8 Threats to wild echinacea populationsby Kelly Kindscher                                                                         


IV.  The medicine and the market

Chapter 9 The Medicinal Chemistry of Echinacea speciesby Congmei Cao and Kelly Kindscher                         

Chapter 10 Research onEchinaceaspecies use in western medicineby Jeanne Drisko and Kelly Kindscher            

Chapter 11 The Echinacea market- by Maggie Riggsand Kelly Kindscher                                                              

Chapter 12 The Media and echinacea Sales and Useby Rachel Craft and Kelly Kindscher                                      


V.  Conservation

Chapter 13 Legal protection ofEchinaceaand other medicinal plant speciesby Robyn Kleinand Kelly Kindscher     Chapter 14 Recommendations regarding the conservation status of echinaceaby Kelly Kindscher                        


Chapter 15Appendix A: Science in Action: a model for monitoring Echinacea populationsbyKelly Kindscher andDana



Vignettes(to be inserted by chapter, see Kindscher-Vignettes Table of Contents)


Editorial Reviews

"This is a scientific book that offers a comprehensive yet readable survey of several scientific and practical aspects of the genus Echinacea . . As a unique feature, many of the topics are based on the authors' own research, fieldwork experiences, etc. . This is a volume that bridges the past and future of Echinacea species, a dependable source of information that surely deserves a place in scientific libraries." (Ákos Máthé, Economic Botany, Vol. 71 (1), 2017)