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Author Teoh, Eng-Soon, 1938-
Title Orchids as aphrodisiac, medicine or food / Eng Soon Teoh.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2019.

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Author Teoh, Eng-Soon, 1938-
Subject Orchid culture.
Orchids -- Therapeutic use.
Cooking (Orchids)
Description 1 online resource
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary 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.
Note On-line resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 24, 2019)
Contents Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION: Orchids as Medicine: A Historical Overview -- Chapter 2: An Ancient Fantasy -- Salep as Aphrodisiac -- Chapter 3: Foremost Among Medicinal Orchids -- Chapter 4: Dwelling on Rocks (Shihu) -- Chapter 5: METAMORPHOSIS: Modern medicine finds new uses for an ancient herb -- Chapter 6: Spiritual Tibetan Medicine; popular wangle -- Chapter 7: The Story of Vanilla -- Chapter 8: Modern Treasure Hunters -- Chapter 9: Medicinal Orchids of Central America -- Chapter 10: Medicinal Orchids of South America -- Chapter 11: Usage of Medicinal Orchids -- Chapter 12: INDIA: Van Rheede, Caius, and others -- Chapter 13: Medicinal Orchids of Nepal and Bhutan -- Chapter 14: Medicinal Orchids of Thailand and Myanmar -- Chapter 15: Medicinal Orchids in the Malay Archipelago -- Chapter 16: Australian Orchids as Food and Medicine -- Chapter 17: Medicinal Orchid Usage in Rural Africa -- Chapter 18: The Challenge: Orchid Conservation.
ISBN 9783030182557 (electronic bk.)
303018255X (electronic bk.)
9783030182564 (print)
9783030182571 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-18
OCLC # 1109957063
Additional Format Print version: Teoh, Eng-Soon, 1938- Orchids as aphrodisiac, medicine or food. Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2019 3030182541 9783030182540 (OCoLC)1090483015.

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