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The Way of Herbs

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Fully updated with the latest developments in herbal science, this practical and useful guide offers comprehensive descriptions of herbal treatments for cancer, arthritis, colds, and influenza. It shows how to gain and maintain health through a holistic approach, with information on simple herb remedies, and descriptions of more than 140 Western herbs and 31 Chinese herbs. ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Gallery Books (first published 1980)
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Awesome breadth and depth of information! This book contains so much knowledge that I can read page after page, fascinated by the different properties of each herb. It's unquestionably the most comprehensive herbal reference I currently have on the shelf! Others are more specialized, of course, but this one is invaluable for talking about pretty much "all the things." Includes indications, physiological effects, and cautions for herbs - I know it's not *all* the herbal knowledge on the planet, b ...more
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone.
Shelves: herbal
The best in understanding the basics of herbology and the various classifications and how to do your own formulas.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I generally liked the book and I think the author presented the information in a useful way. He also seemed respectful of Chinese culture when he discussed traditional Chinese medicine. I also appreciated that he cited research studies when appropriate.
However, I think the author should have been more explicit when discussing using herbs as a complementary treatment to more traditional medicine. He does say this in several places, including in the section about cancer treatment (which is mostly
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: herbal
Not as much information as I'd like on the herbs, though there is a large amount of herbs covered ...more
Tucker Johnson
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
All around good intro book for herbs, part of the plants to use, their ailments, classification, and how to apply them to daily routine and life. I like how he says eating a balanced diet is more important than taking any herbal supplements. Very good info on chinese medicine and how to balance yin/yang in foods in the diet whether you eat meat or not. Something missing though was a comparison of chinese and auyervedic.
Dr. Kim
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've read this book before but have to read it AGAIN for another course. I think the herb info in it is excellent although the new agey beliefs do not resonate at all with me - and that was just reading through all the intros, prefaces, etc this book has. This book does have very good information - it is one of the books I keep on my desk for easy reference. ...more
Jun 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in herbal healing
Shelves: herbal
This book was recommended by the woman who taught a three day intensive herbal class that I attended in 2003. I use it often. Very useful if you follow Chinese medicine and need to know about herbs from that perspective.
Richard Kravitz
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read this for my "Herbs" class at the now defunct Clayton College of Natural Health. Pretty comprehensive and quite readable. ...more
Kimberly Nichols
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really great introduction to herbology for the lay person who wants to utilize ancient plant and herb medicine in the privacy of their own kitchen for a stream of common illnesses and conditions.
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: herbs-medical
This is one that I use all the time
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a continuous read for reference book has some great ideas and remedies
Diane Giurco
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best herbs books.Everything you will need to know about almost any herb is in this book.
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good enough.
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about herbs. A great place to start. gives a good overview of plant medicine.
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
must have reference for herbal remedies
Excellent resource
Theresa Girolami
Great beginner book take his course
World-class herbalist training with the East West School of Planetary Herbology
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
good primer to balancing concepts Btw east and west herbs, ayurveda and TCM. learned a lot.
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Great book full of herbal guidelines, recipes, and facts!
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