The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines

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North Atlantic Books, 1997 M09 15 - 592 páginas

Hailed as a “classic” by leading herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, this botanical compendium provides a wide-ranging history of herbalism and useful guidance for healing with herbs
 
Matthew Wood is one of the United States’ most renowned herbalists and the author of Seven Herbs: Plants as Healers, a watershed book in teaching herbal healing as a part of total wellness. With The Book of Herbal Wisdom, he continues and expands this study, creating a must-read guide for anyone who works in the natural health field or is interested in self-healing with herbs.
 
Wood creates a vast and sweeping history of herbalism, drawing on Western botanical knowledge, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese medicine, and Native American shamanic botany. 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, similar, 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 catalog 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.
 
An introduction to centuries of lore about healing from indigenous traditions, The Book of Herbal Wisdom integrates and describes North American Indian medicine, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western herbalism like no other contemporary botanical compendium.

 

Contenido

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
Lobelia inflata Lobelia
347
Monarda fistulosa Sweet Leaf
361
Nymphaea odorata White Pond Lily
381
Plantago major Plantain
389
Polygonatum multiflorum Solomons Seal
397

Chamomilla matricaria Chamomile
201
Chelidonium majus Celandine
211
Cimicifuga racemosa Black Cohosh
219
Daucus carota Queen Annes Lace
227
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
Quercus alba White Oak
409
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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Matthew Wood is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has maintained a private practice as an herbalist for twenty years. He is the author of Seven Herbs: Plants as Healers and The Book of Herbal Wisdom, two acclaimed books on the practice of herbal healing. He lives and practices at Sunnyfield Herb Farm in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

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