This is an introduction to the ancient Chinese system of healing, with instructions for buying, preparing and using Chinese herbs. Also including the use of Western herbs, the book covers their use as preventative treatments, as health supplements, and for common problems from headaches to cancer.
This book has a fairly simple premise: plants are important, and without them we suffer. I have a special fondness for the wild, medicinal plants (not that vegetables aren't cool, they are just a little tame by comparison), and the more I've researched these botanicals and used them in my clinical practice, the more I've found that a simple, daily, preventive approach is the key to success. Herbal medicine doesn't have to be rocket science - though it is a rich, beautiful, and extremely complex endeavor. Its basic premises are easy to grasp and can quickly bring benefit.
So in this book, I've tried to highlight how whole-plant, wild-plant medicine is important, accessible, and simple by outlining three classes of medicinal plants that are universally found in traditional healing systems. I explore the science behind how they work, but also use stories, history and mythology interwoven in the narrative to provide meaning and context to herbalism. Finally, through practical examples, I give my take on a few safe, effective, weedy and wild plants (and one fungus).
Walking the World in Wonder covers the medicinal and magical uses of sixty-seven common herbs. Each herb playfully introduces itself and talks about its habitat and many uses. With fun, easy-to-follow activities, herbalist Ellen Evert Hopman teaches children basic herbal skills and invites them to make a sunflower seed mosaic, sew a catnip-filled mouse, and dig for Jerusalem artichoke roots. The book also includes simple recipes that children can use, with adult supervision, to treat minor ailments--peppermint tea to soothe a troubled tummy or horse chestnut salve to heal a scraped knee. Children gain a sense of self-sufficiency and awe for the earth's treasures by eating wild nettle greens, sprinkling a sandwich with nasturtium flowers, making strawberry honey, and learning to season food with dill they've gathered themselves. Parents and teachers will appreciate how these earth-centered activities are placed within a broader social and environmental context. Sixty-seven full-color photographs enable children, parents, and teachers to identify these herbs during walks and field trips. Walking the World in Wonder gives children a direct and joyous experience of their connection to the natural world and inspires a lifelong interest in their own health and that of the planet.
Rich and engaging, Wild and Beautiful... Naturally! is a skin care field guide of sorts fully packed with a wealth of information! This uniquely attractive book brings to the reader:
• The “natural” misconception
• Redefining beauty - glowing skin from the inside out
• Skin care ingredients and how to best use them to tailor-make effective products
• Dozens of skin care recipes including cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize, with extra bonus recipes
Suitable for novices and seasoned remedy makers alike, Wild and Beautiful, Naturally! is THE best, most accessible and up-to-date guide of its kind.
Herbalist Holly Bellebuono features 31 women from 20 countries and 16 healing traditions, celebrating the contributions these women have made to the heritage of herbal healing. Seven years in the making, this book is brimming with stories, color photographs and original watercolor artwork of women healers, research about plants and their origins, etymology of words relating to the history of medicine, and a rich exploration of the traditions of countries and cultures from around the world.
This book covers the most common areas of concern in women's health. It provides a truly integrative approach, showing when, how, and for whom complementary/integrative therapies can benefit women in continuity with their regular medical care. This is an evidence-based, clinically-oriented book that presents the background and range of complementary and alternative therapies related to common medical conditions and functional complaints and disorders. It summarizes and analyzes scientific studies on the safety and efficacy of these therapies for various womens health conditions. Each chapter includes a description of commonly used treatments, discussions of safety issues (including adverse effects and drug interactions), a comprehensive summary and methodological assessment of clinical trials on the subject (with animal and in vitro data included as appropriate), and advice on counseling patients.
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