The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicine

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North Atlantic Books, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 579 pages
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In The Book of Herbal Wisdom Matthew Wood creates a vast and sweeping history of herbalism, drawing on Western botanical knowledge, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Native American shamanic botony. Detailing the history and use of more than forty plants, he shows how each tradition views a plant, as well as its use in cases drawn from his own herbal and homeopathic practice. An initial section describes signatures, similars, and patterns in these traditions, and elements, temperaments, and constitutions. Wood has two objectives: to demonstrate how herbal medicines are agents of healing and wisdom, and to give the reader a useful catalogue of plants for medicinal uses. His clinical observations of his patients bear the wry wisdom of the country doctor; his love of plants is evident in lush botanical descriptions, which show the connection between remedies - whether homeopathic, Chinese, or Native American - and the plants from which they are derived. The Book of Herbal Wisdom brings to readers centuries of lore about healing from indigenous traditions, at a time when people are exploring empirical enthosciences with a seriousness unparalleled in history. In no other contemporary botanical compendium have North American Indian medicine, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western herbalism been so thoroughly integrated, and so engagingly described.
  

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Review: The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines

User Review  - Sara Bozzelli - Goodreads

Great reference book. Wood is more metaphysical than a straight plant guide. It's a nice shift, although I must admit some things are a bit beyond me at this stage. Read full review

Review: The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines

User Review  - Lana Roach - Goodreads

Potent information and a great read! Loved the stories. Read full review

Contents

Elements Temperaments and Constitutions
33
Leaves of Light
63
Agrimonia eupatoria Agrimony
85
Alchemilla vulgaris Ladys Mantle
113
Apocynum androsaemifolium Werewolf Root
125
Arctium lappa Burdock
137
Artemisia absinthium Wormwood
153
Capsicum annuum Cayenne Pepper
187
Juglans nigra Black Walnut
323
Lactuca scariola Wild Lettuce
333
Lilium longiflorum Easter Lily
341
Monarda fistulosa Sweet Leaf
361
Nymphaea odorata White Pond Lily
381
Plantago major Plantain
389
Polygonatum multiflorum Solomons Seal
397
Quercus alba White Oak
409

Chamomilla matricaria Chamomile
201
Cimicifuga racemosa Black Cohosh
219
Echinacea angustifolia Purple Coneflower
243
Equisetum arvense Horsetail
253
Eupatorium perfoliatum Boneset
259
Eupatorium purpureum Gravel Root
269
Hydrastis canadensis Goldenseal
293
Hypericum perforatum St Johns Wort
307
Iris versicolor Blue Flag
317
Taraxacum officinale Dandelion
467
Trifolium pratense Red Clover
473
Urtica urens Nettles
479
Verbascum thapsus Mullein
491
Verbena hastata Blue Vervain
499
Repertory
509
Bibliography
525
Index
535
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About the author (1997)

Matthew Wood is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has maintained a private practice as an herbalist for twenty years. He lives and practices at Sunnyfield Herb Farm in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

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