The Traditional Healer's Handbook: A Classic Guide to the Medicine of Avicenna

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This comprehensive guide to healing synthesizes the principles and practices of Hippocratic, Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Persian medicine, and includes the first English translation of one of the handbooks of Avicenna, whose writings have been classics in herbal and dietetic medicine for more than 1,000 years. Based on the philosophy that "food is the best medicine," Avicenna's canon provides simple and effective diagnostic techniques and therapies for maintaining health and ...

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Overview

This comprehensive guide to healing synthesizes the principles and practices of Hippocratic, Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Persian medicine, and includes the first English translation of one of the handbooks of Avicenna, whose writings have been classics in herbal and dietetic medicine for more than 1,000 years. Based on the philosophy that "food is the best medicine," Avicenna's canon provides simple and effective diagnostic techniques and therapies for maintaining health and strengthening the immune system. 
Includes a botanical guide for the 100 most-used healing herbs and recommended treatments for 400 conditions, including diet and nutrition, herbology, and aromatherapy. 

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Editorial Reviews

Yoga Journal
"Chishti builds on Avicenna's approach, bringing extensive knowledge of the original Persian texts to his own experience in Unani natural medicine. Included is a wealth of information on the metabolic value of foods, the role of exercise and rest, the cycles of fevers, classification of pain and pulse diagnosis."
Los Angeles Times
"A serviceable history of classical herbal medicine . . . still used by over half the world's population . . . a practical manual."
Lee Grotte
"Hakim Chishti has distilled the essence of healing into this comprehensive text . . . this book is indispensable for anyone interested in traditional medicine."
From the Publisher
"A serviceable history of classical herbal medicine . . . still used by over half the world's population . . . a practical manual."

"Chishti builds on Avicenna's approach, bringing extensive knowledge of the original Persian texts to his own experience in Unani natural medicine. Included is a wealth of information on the metabolic value of foods, the role of exercise and rest, the cycles of fevers, classification of pain and pulse diagnosis."

"Hakim Chishti has distilled the essence of healing into this comprehensive text . . . this book is indispensable for anyone interested in traditional medicine."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892814381
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/1988
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 966,268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A Fulbright Research Scholar, Hakim G.M. Chishti, N.D. studied traditional healing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, and has twenty years of practical experience in Unani natural medicine. He is the author of The Book of Sufi Healing (Healing Arts Press, 1991). 

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Table of Contents

The Traditional Healer's Handbook
A Classic Guide to the Medicine of Avicenna

Introduction
I. The Practice of Traditional Healing
II. The Formulary
III Materia Medica: Unani Tibb Botanicals
Appendixes
Bibliography
Index

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