Written as a guide to the medicinal wild plant life of the Southwestern United States, Medicinal Plants of the American Southwest joins traditional anecdote, modern research, and empirical observation, to provide a working model on how to best apply the region's flora. Encapsulated within 102 profiles (covering more than 160 southwestern botanical medicines), each plant's medicinal use, specific therapeutic indication, geographic range, botanical characteristics, chemical composition, preparation, dosage, and cautions are well described. A comprehensive preparation segment includes instruction on the making and use of teas, tinctures, syrups, salves, ointments, oils, washes, fomentations, and other modes of application. Readers will also find the therapeutic index, glossary, bibliography, and general index valuable additions. 112 color photos further assist the reader in plant identification.