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The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism: Basic Doctrine, Energetics, and Classification

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The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism places the function of western herbs in their true historical context, apart from homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda. Recently there has been a revival of interest in western herbalism, but practitioners haven't been able to explore its benefits due to a void of information on the topic—the system of medicin ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 10th 2004 by North Atlantic Books
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Lily
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent primer on western herbalism. The first half of the book is very historical. Looking at various stages in the history of western herbalism (and comparing to eastern herbalism) to offer a usable system for today. The second half goes through the different tissue states and discusses (in depth) herbs that are particularly good treatments.
This book is the best herbalism book I have seen so far. Matthew Wood has a great respect for the plants and their mystery. I recommend t
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Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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an essential read for any herbalist, lucid and engaging. Wood presents the energetic system underlying the herbal tradition of the Western world, from its origins and history to its practical use in assessment and intervention. clarifying, illuminating, and immediately useful, the concepts and connections offered here open a new dimension in the practice of the green arts.
Wysteria
Very helpful for energetic understanding.
Janine
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a must have in all herbalists collections
Amanda Klenner-labrow
It is a great read and a wonderful way to work energetics into western herbalism. He draws a lot from eclectic physicians and historical texts and it is a bit dense to read, but well worth it.
Janine
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book from an excellent author.

Not much more I can say to be honest than if you are into herbalism, get this textbook
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less steeped in practices that aren't his to claim, so I can dig it a little more. real easy slip into "OUR white western herbalism," though. claim you, boo. your readers are who they are.
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Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Wester
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