One invaluable thing about this book is the reverse look-ups. In one section you can look up any given herb and see the list of what ailments it can ease. In another section you can look up a health problem and read the list of herbs that are useful for that symptom or illness. This style of reverse reference is a godsend when you're under pressure with a sick child.
Another advantage of this book is that it gave me an almost effortless familiarity of herbs and their uses that has served me well in the long run. It's not the kind of book you "read" per se. It's the kind of book you leaf through for answers whenever there's a health problem in your family. Over time, simply by repeated exposure to the herbs and symptoms lists, it all begins to stick in your mind and you become more adept without really noticing.
This book was a solid gold asset to me all through my daughter's childhood. Rather than rely on doctors to feed her antibiotics and drugs, I raised her on dietary adjustments for allergies and fed her herbs and raw honey for illness. (She was a lamb about taking what to me were horrible concoctions - as long as I opened the capsules and mixed the contents in honey. I used raw honey for its antibiotic properties.)
While this might not be the book you'd use to deepen an existing knowledge of herbs, it's the one you'll call a true friend when it comes to quickly prescribing herbal remedies for yourself and your family. The nurse who monitored our slow but steady progress as I painstakingly healed my daughter of chronic ear infection told me that most parents just let the doctors do the operation to install the grommet - sometimes repeatedly. She was impressed at what natural remedies can do for the stereotypical childhood illness. I told her I owed my powers of healing to this book.
HERBAL HANDBOOK ALPHABETIZED GUIDE TO USE THE HERBS, SIMPLE ENOUGH. CHAPTERS ON DIETING, CLEANSING, PREGNANCY.
From the back cover - ...the first comprehensive herbal handbook. An easy to use, alphabetized guide to the use of herbs...simple enough for the herbal student, complete enough for the herbal practitioner. A complete list of herbs and herbal combinations and how to use them. An alphabetized list of health problems and what herbs aid. Chapters on diet, cleansing, pregnancy, nursing and babies. Herbal first aid, poultices and tinctures...a veritable herbal encyclopedia.