A Russian Herbal

Traditional Remedies for Health and Healing
A Russian Herbal
Traditional Remedies for Health and Healing

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Pages : 240

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892815494

Imprint : Healing Arts Press

On Sale Date : February 01, 1997

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 79 b&w illustrations

Blessed with a wide variety of climates, geography, and flora, Russia has a rich folk tradition of herbal healing that is among the most sophisticated in the world. A Russian Herbal explains the folkways, properties, and uses of the best-known Russian herbs--all widely available in North America, Europe, and Australia.
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About A Russian Herbal

The first guide to the ancient traditions of Russian herbal medicine and their extensive medicinal applications today.

Drawing on a wealth of oral and written traditions, the authors examine the best-known Russian herbs (all of which are widely available in North America and Western Europe) and explain their folkways, properties, and uses. Offering time-tested advice for using herbs to maintain general well-being, they also give clear and simple recipes for treating specific health problems from asthma and migraines to influenza and high blood pressure. Blessed with a wide variety of climates, geography, and flora, early Russians developed a rich folk tradition of herbal healing that ranks among the most sophisticated in the world. Nearly every Russian medical school offers courses of study on the knowledge and application of herbs, and many maintain a special research department that investigates the properties and practical modern applications of herbal medicine. 

This is the first book to examine the traditions of Russian herbal medicine. 

Table of Contents

Table of content


Part 1: Foundations

Introduction
Collecting and Drying Herbs
Making Herbal Preparations

Part 2: A Russian Materia Medica


Part 3: Complex Herbal Formulas

The Digestive Organs
The Liver and Gallbladder
The Kidneys and Urinary Tract
The Cardiovascular System
The Respiratory System
The Female Reproductive System
The Skin and Musculoskeletal System
The Immune System
Mental and Emotional Health

Glossary

Bibliography

Herbal Suppliers

Plant Index

General Index
Author Bio
Born in Belorussia, Igor Vilevich Zevin was raised by his grandmother, an accomplished folk healer and herbalist who passed much of her knowledge to him. An engineer by profession, he has maintained his study of herbs over the years. Lilia Vasilevna Zevin was born in Lithuania and has worked as a language teacher and a translator. Herbs were a major part of her family tradition as a child. The Zevins reside in New England. Nathaniel Altman has authored and coauthored more than fifteen books, including Oxygen Healing Therapies, The Twelve Stages of Healing, and The Deva Handbook. He lives in New York City. 
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"The entries are also unusually detailed as to the exact methods of preparation as well as the parts of the plant that should be used. Potential dangers and other contraindications for use are clearly set out from the text in bold-faced type - a feature that I'd like to see copied in more herbals! Zeven with his co-authors, Nathaniel Altman and Lilia Vasilevna Zevin, have ceated a highly interesting and unusual herbal, detailing a tradition that we don't hear about enough."
Rosemary Jones, owner of Healing Pages Bookstore
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HEALTH / HERBALISM

Blessed with a wide variety of climates, geography, and flora, Russia developed a rich folk tradition of herbal healing that is among the most sophisticated in the world. For example, seven centuries before the discovery of penicillin, Russian herbalists were successfully treating infected wounds with mold. Herbalism is still practiced in Russia today but, unlike in the West, it has developed hand-in-hand with allopathic medicine. Russian doctors began to take a serious interest in the medicinal value of plants more than fifty years ago. Recognizing that herbs could be a potent and cost-efficient part of a modern medical practice, they began rigorous scientific studies to test herbs’ usefulness. Today nearly every Russian medical school offers courses on the study of herbs, and many maintain a special research department that investigates the practical applications of herbal medicine.

Drawing on a wealth of oral and written traditions, A Russian Herbal explains the folkways, properties, and uses of the best-known Russian herbs--all widely available in North America, Europe, and Australia. It includes clear and simple recipes for treating specific health problems, such as heart disease, migraines, arthritis, and high blood pressure, in ways that have been proved safe and effective by medical research, both in the laboratory and in clinical practice. Also described are traditional healing methods previously unknown in the West, such as the water banya or bath, a special technique using steam that allows several herbs to be blended without losing their individual identity.

IGOR VILEVICH ZEVIN was raised in Belarus by his grandmother, an accomplished folk healer and herbalist who passed much of her knowledge to her grandson. An engineer by profession, Zevin has continued his study of herbs over the years. NATHANIEL ALTMAN has authored and coauthored more than fifteen books, including Oxygen Healing Therapies, The Twelve Stages of Healing, and The Deva Handbook. Lilia Vasilevna Zevin learned traditional herbal techniques while growing up in Lithuania.

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