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The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism: Basic Doctrine, Energetics, and Classification

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The Practices of Traditional Western Herbalism places the function of western herbs in their true historical context, apart from homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda. Recently there has been a revival of interest in western herbalism, but practitioners haven't been able to explore its benefits due to a void of information on the topic - the system of medicine the herbs fit into had all but disappeared. To remedy the situation, herbalist Matthew Wood has researched the old-time practices and ...
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Overview

The Practices of Traditional Western Herbalism places the function of western herbs in their true historical context, apart from homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda. Recently there has been a revival of interest in western herbalism, but practitioners haven't been able to explore its benefits due to a void of information on the topic - the system of medicine the herbs fit into had all but disappeared. To remedy the situation, herbalist Matthew Wood has researched the old-time practices and reconstructed them for modern use. In resuscitating western herbal medicine and bringing it up to date, he gives his readers a powerful tool for holistic theory and treatment.

Wood makes the point that plant medicines, because they are made from a broad range of chemical components, are naturally suited for the treatment of general patterns in the body. He argues against the biomedical model of standardization, in which herbs are refined and advertised as if they were drugs suited to an exact disease or condition.

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"The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism is a rallying cry to reexamine our vibrant past traditions and stay true to our roots. This superb book from an incisive mind states the options succinctly."- Keith Robertson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556435034
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2004
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 373,794
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the craft so long to learn 1
Pt. 1 Forgotten energetics of traditional Western herbalism
The forgotten language of energetics : the green tongue 9
The four qualities : energetics of ancient Western medicine 31
The six tissue states : forgotten energetics of nineteenth-century Western medicine 45
Specific medicine : energetics of the medicinal substance 63
The fountain of life : the energetic organism 83
Organs and systems : primary structures of the body 99
The three primary constitutions : assessment of the whole person 121
Pt. 2 Classification of medicinal plants
Sedatives : heat, or the excited tissue state 137
Relaxants : wind, or the constrictive tissue state 159
Nutritive tonics : dry, or the atrophic tissue state 177
Astringents : damp flowing, or the relaxed tissue state 199
Alternatives or blood purifiers : damp stagnation, or the torpid tissue state 221
Stimulants : cold, or the depressed tissue state 237
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