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Orchids as Aphrodisiac, Medicine or Food

Authors: Teoh, Eng Soon

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  • Unique book on the topics, first of its kind
  • Comprehensive world-wide coverage of orchids and their utilization
  • Beautifully illustrated with more than 330 woodblocks, paintings and photographs 
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About this book

Did you know that Vanilla was formerly served as aphrodisiac by Cassanova and Madam Pompadour, and Elizabeth I loved its flavor?

This is the first book that provides a complete worldwide coverage of orchids being employed as aphrodisiacs, medicine or charms and food. Opening with an in-depth historical account of orchids (orchis Greek testicle), the author describes how the Theory of Signatures influenced ancient herbalists to regard terrestrial orchid tubers as aphrodisiacs. Doctors and apothecaries promoted it during the Renaissance. Usage of orchids in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Indian Ayurvedic Medicine; by Tibetan yogins and Amchi healers for longevity pills, tonics and aphrodisiacs; by Africans to prepare 'health promoting' chikanda  or as survival food when lost in the Australian bush are some highlights of the book. Early settlers in America  and the East Indies often relied on native remedies and employment of orchids for such needs is described.  Also covered are the search for medicinal compounds by scientists, attempts to prove the orchid's efficacy by experiment and the worry of conservationists. 

About the authors

Formerly a prize-winning author of scientific papers, Dr. Eng Soon Teoh, MD, FRCOG, FACS, has done equally well with his books for the general readership. He has been involved with orchids for over 50 years and is a past-president of the Orchid Society of South East Asia, Dr. Teoh spent many years doing laboratory research in London, Uppsala (Sweden), Miami and Singapore, places that gave him the opportunity to study orchids.

He is author of a dozen books on orchids, lotus, medical topics, etc.


 " .. an astonishing book for its encyclopaedic coverage of the use of orchids in Asian herbal medicine. … it should remain the standard reference book on the subject for decades."

Review of Eng Soon Teoh’s Medicinal Orchids of Asia (2016) by Henry Oakeley

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18255-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $49.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18254-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Orchids as Aphrodisiac, Medicine or Food
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18255-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18255-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18254-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 376
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations, 394 illustrations in colour
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