The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America

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North Atlantic Books, Nov 15, 2011 - Nature - 608 pages
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The ultimate guide to maximizing the healing properties of medicinal mushrooms and lichens—featuring over 300 detailed plant profiles for easy mushroom identification
In The Fungal Pharmacy, noted herbalist Robert Rogers introduces readers to more than 300 species of medicinal mushrooms and lichens found in North America. These fungi, Rogers explains, have the capacity to heal both the body and, through the process of myco-remediation, the planet itself. Throughout the book, he documents their success in optimizing the immune system and treating a wide range of acute and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and liver problems, blood sugar disorders, cancer, and obesity.

Entries discuss the mushroom or lichen’s medicinal traits and properties, including active chemical components, preparation methods (including extracts, essences, and essential oils), and historical as well as modern-day usage. Two hundred full-color photos and thorough descriptions make identification easy for the reader. Rogers also delves into the cultural, religious, and literary significance of each mushroom, featuring fascinating tidbits about each one’s etymology and history.

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

Not sure I trust the information here, as there is an odd mysticism evident in the writing which is off-putting. Organized alphabetically by genus, which is not helpful for identification. Few photos, and they are not always near their descriptions. Read full review

Sorry did not care for this book.

User Review  - bjinil -

This may be a great book for the right person however I was looking for a reference book to the fungus. This would require reading like a text book. I was hoping to find a quick reference book like those i have on Butterflies Fossils Wildflowers Rocks and Minerals and Birds. This is not for me. Read full review


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Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for over forty years. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is an assistant clinical professor in family medicine. He taught plant medicine, including herbology and flower essences, at MacEwan University for ten years, and presently in the Earth Spirit Medicine Program at the Northern Star College in Edmonton. Robert has been the chair of several agricultural health committees, in addition to being on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms and Discovery Phytomedicine. He also cohosts The Alberta Herb Gathering (, held every other year, and lives on on Millcreek Ravine in Edmonton with his wife, Laurie Szott-Rogers.

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