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The Lost Language of Plants

The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth
Paperback Book
Chelsea Green
June, 2002
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$27.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Enraged, Energized, Exultant. You won’t know how to feel after reading author, teacher and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner’s The Lost Language of Plants. This is a devastating exposé about how we are polluting our environment with the pharmaceuticals that Western medicine has developed to heal us. We are ingesting Prozac, Premarin, and various antibiotics whether we want to or not.

Yet, as we foul our air and water with toxic residues, we overlook the power of the planet’s natural healers, stabilizers, and chemists—plants. Buhner sees plants as fully sentient beings, adjusting and fine-tuning to the environment just as they have done for the past 500 million years. Until recently, humans shared the language of plants, but increasingly we have lost our ability to communicate with the natural world. Buhner shows us a path back to our shamanic roots.

This richly informative “pharmaceutical Silent Spring” consists of three parts:

ª  A critique of technological medicine and an expose of pharmaceutical pollution

ª  A new look at Gaia theory

ª  Extensive documentation of how plants communicate their healing qualities to humans and other animals.

This book explores the complex, multidimensional, intricately interconnected, synergistic, living organism that we call Earth… This book also explores other ways of thinking: ways that offer a more sustainable alternative than the mind-set we now use, ways of healing that are much older than technological medicine, ways that are deeply involved in the uses of plants as medicines, ways that are concerned with the aesthetic unity that underlies the ecosystems of Earth…

Plant chemistries are filled with meaning; they are a language… Thus this book harkens back to the original teaching of plants and wild systems and to the first teachers we ever knew.

The Lost Language of Plants is both poetry and medicine, nourishment for our soul and a sharp-edged scalpel that lays open the reality of the world to your intellect. It is absolutely brilliant, and reading it will truly and deeply change your understanding of All Life.” —Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

Publisher’s Description: 

This could be the most important book you will read this year. Around the office at Chelsea Green it is referred to as the "pharmaceutical Silent Spring." Well-known author, teacher, lecturer, and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner has produced a book that is certain to generate controversy. It consists of three parts: 1. A critique of technological medicine, and especially the dangers to the environment posed by pharmaceuticals and other synthetic substances that people use in connection with health care and personal body care. 2. A new look at Gaia Theory, including an explanation that plants are the original chemistries of Gaia and those phytochemistries are the fundamental communications network for the Earth’s ecosystems. 3. Extensive documentation of how plants communicate their healing qualities to humans and other animals. Western culture has obliterated most people’s capacity to perceive these messages, but this book also contains valuable information on how we can restore our faculties of perception. The book will affect readers on rational and emotional planes. It is grounded in both a New Age spiritual sensibility and hard science. While some of the author’s claims may strike traditional thinkers as outlandish, Buhner presents his arguments with such authority and documentation that the scientific underpinnings, however unconventional, are completely credible. The overall impact is a powerful, eye-opening expos’ of the threat that our allopathic Western medical system, in combination with our unquestioning faith in science and technology, poses to the primary life-support systems of the planet. At a time when we are preoccupied with the terrorist attacks and the possibility of biological warfare, perhaps it is time to listen to the planet. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the state of the environment, the state of health care, and our cultural sanity.

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