The Herbal Handbook: A User's Guide to Medical Herbalismby David Hoffmann
A discussion of the history and
This compendium of medical herbalism by one of the most eminent herbalists practicing today is both comprehensive and practical. Answering basic as well as complicated questions about herbal medicine, it provides both the novice and the experienced practitioner with a reliable framework in which to develop their herbal skills.
A discussion of the history and modern practice of herbalism, encompassing the influences of Welsh, Chinese, and Native American herbal medicine is followed by a practical reference section that lists the various actions herbs have on the body (carminative, anti-inflammatory, etc.), with examples of herbs and their mode of activity in each category. Herbal prescriptions for various illnesses are also organized under the main systems of the body so that information can be quickly and easily referenced. A final section covers the fundamentals of growing, drying storing and cooking with herbs, as well as the making of infusions, decoctions, oils, and ointments. The author also provides helpful introducitons to aromatherapy and plant medicines.
“Is it possible you will want another book with a more extensive list of herbs and their uses? Sure. But I highly recommend this one as an introduction to the concepts of herbalism. I’ve never yet seen another that compares, for that purpose.”
"David Hoffmann explores the full range of healing capabilities of herbs."
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David Hoffmann has been a practicing medical herbalist and a member of Britain's National Institute of Medical herbalists since 1979. He has lectured widely and given seminars on this subject and is the author of Herbs for Healthy Aging, An Herbal Guide to Stress Relief, and Medical Herbalism.
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