Hitting The Books On Herbal Cures

Nutritional supplements can seem baffling, what with all those concoctions of exotic-sounding plants and roots. And there are almost as many books on the subject as there are herbs and vitamins. Fortunately, experts in the field have identified a few authoritative titles to help separate the wheatgrass from the chaparral.

Dr. Varro Tyler has written some of the most comprehensive guides, including The Honest Herbal and Herbs of Choice (Haworth Press; $40-$50). For a more folksy but still informative survey, try James Duke's The Green Pharmacy (Rodale; $30). Hard-core herbalists can delve into the first English translation of The Complete German...

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