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Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine

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A foundational textbook on the scientific principles of therapeutic herbalism and their application in medicine

• A complete handbook for the medical practitioner

• Includes the most up-to-date information on preparations, dosage, and contraindications

• By the author of The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal

Medical Herbalism contains comprehensive information concerning th
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published October 24th 2003 by Healing Arts Press (first published August 30th 2003)
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May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
yr girl hasn't had any practice writing words like "proanthocyanidins" since ap bio in aught three. woof.

had a homework contest with the stepdaughter last night. she finished hers and read a manga in the time it took me to read ten pages of mine.
Jessica Worden
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Really the best plant book I've ever read. It's not esoteric in the slightest and provides you with a good understanding of the chemical aspect of medical herbalism. ...more
Daniel Todd
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An all in debt, scientifically backed herbal textbook. The first chapter emphasizes the importance of holistic medicine, and what it is. Then the rest of the book is an amazing reference point to many different ailments, herbs,and recipies. However, the books main advantage is the knowledge, and courage it gives a medical practitioner to make their own choices based on your patients, knowledge, and intuition, leaving behind dogmatic medical practices. From philosophies to sciences this is a must ...more
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, heal, natural
Healing has never been so easy when it comes to using this book, Medical Herbalism. First off, it's huge and full of so much healing ways to use herbs for so many common and some not too common conditions. It's something my house is going to benefit from!

Unlike many others, this is a bit more technical verse the simple use of this herb to cure this problem or vice versa. Since the book is more about understanding the benefits of the plant and the body's way of using these nutrients to repair an
Ella Rell
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Very practical and scientific approach to the greatly debated subject of herbs and their efficacy. David Hoffmann is a faculty member of the California School of Herbal Studies, and if you're looking for something that helps herbs make sense, or if you're a little skeptical about their potency, or perhaps a scientist looking for the science that proves the proclamation of "herbs are medicine", you should definitely consider this book.
To quote the front innerfold on the book, "Medical Herbalism i
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
While full of information, completely indigestible to the average reader as limited "how this applies" information. Great as a textbook companion to a learning environment, but not a resource for self learning. ...more
Tami Robertson
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down one of the best herbalism books out there! I read this for my HERB 201 class an it is full of all the information you need to know about using herbs for medical issues or improving health. I highly recommend this book!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent textbook and reference for anyone wanting to learn herbalism. It was my textbook in herb school and after reading and collecting so many other herb books, it is the one that I teach from as well. I still refer to back to it, so the date "finished" is a bit of a stretch! ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent reference.
Amanda Williams
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not a book for beginners. This a fantastic resource for both student and professional medical herbalists. There some minor errors in places which could always be fixed with a second edition.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: herbal, own
A great deal of information here. There are many sections describing body systems (e.g. musculoskeletal), a nice materia medica, and sections describing common constituents (e.g. pyrrolizidine alkaloids). A great deal of this was over my head, but it is a necessary book for herbalist as it allows you to take look at a herb's constituent and see if they are safe. For example, if you were considering taking mugwort you could lookup thujone and learn about its toxicity and know that there is some r ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: herbalism
ahhh, herb school versions of text books. its a little intimidating, but so far is satisfies my nerdy scientific mind as well as the closet goddess. He's pretty technical but also the worlds biggest hippie - he moved from the UK where he was a licensed herbalist to Sebastapol if that tells you anything. ...more
Theresa Girolami
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like David's book but its very allopathic in its approach, for instance if you have X use this formula. Having been trained in Chinese Medicine I like to find the clients pattern of dysfunction and build the formula around that not make the client fit the formula.

So if you don't that much about herbal medicine its a good reference.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has almost too much info, and all of it is worthwhile. It is an excellent reference book for when you have plenty of time to just sit and study it. Not something I would drag out every day, but the info is really useful and good to know. I think it belongs on every herbalist's book shelf. ...more
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Shelves: holistic-health
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
one of a kind, includes actions, properties, formulation, phytochemistry, etc. great reference.
Lana Roach
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully laid out, scientific herbal medica.
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book which focuses on the science behind herbalism. A must have for anyone truly interested in healing herbs.
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I like this books. Great tomb for the western herbalist. Only downfall is that in doesn't get into energetic medicine but never claims to either. Lots of info and clinical advice. ...more
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great explanations, from the science of phytomedicine and herbalism, fantastic references and great writing.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the textbooks at herbal medicine class. I love this book! It is well organized and understandable and easy to check.
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Super interesting and going to take me a long time to fully grasp, going to take a lot of reading and note taking.
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David Hoffmann is a member of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists. He has taught phytotherapy throughout the English-speaking world through his course, Therapeutic Herbalism. His numerous books nave been translated into at least eight languages and are basic references for both beginning and advanc

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