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The Practice Of Traditional Western Herbalism

Basic Doctrine, Energetics, and Classification
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic
 | 
May, 2004
ISBN:
9781556435034
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A practicing herbalist for 20 years, Matthew Wood places the function of western herbs in their true historical context, reconstructing the old-time practices 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.

The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism describes concepts from herbal medicine, homeopathy, and Native American medicine, making clear how sampling works, how specific medicines operate, and discussing various laws (the Law of Direction of Cure, the Law of the Healing Crisis), which will be familiar to homeopaths. Plants are more than a mere collection of chemicals, Wood reminds us: each species brings together diverse constituents, properties, and virtues to make an energetic whole with tremendous healing power. The goal of the physician using herbal medicine is to understand thoroughly the plant’s abilities, while at the same time matching it to an individual who must also be understood as a unique and complex being.

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.

A book of equal power to his magnificent The Book of Herbal Wisdom, The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism digs deeper into the energetics and classification of herbs, to reclaim the power and authenticity of a teaching not practiced enough—but which can be mastered and used by those curious about the efficacy of natural medicine.

When we look at an animal or person we see an enormous amount of energy. When thwarted by sickness, this power is blocked or even empowers the illness. Supporting the self-healing power with simple methods like food, herbs, homeopathic medicines, acupuncture, therapeutic touch, mental attitude, and prayer can do wonders that can never be achieved when Nature is ignored or suppressed.

Publisher’s Description: 

The Practice 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 topicthe 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.The recent revival of interest in Western herbalism has been handicapped by a dearth of information, as the entire system of medicine the herbs fit into has all but disappeared. Wood, a practicing herbalist for 17 years, has thoroughly researched the old-time practices, separated them from the strands of homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, and reconstructed them for modern use. The result is a powerful tool for holistic theory and treatment.

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