The Herbal Handbook

A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism

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The Herbal Handbook
A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism

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Edition : Revised Edition of The Herb User's Guide

Pages : 240

Book Size : 6.25 x 8.5

ISBN-13 : 9780892817825

Imprint : Healing Arts Press

On Sale Date : February 01, 1998

Format : Paperback Book

In this comprehensive guide, Hoffmann explains specific actions individual herbs have on the body and suggests herbal prescriptions for a variety of conditions. It includes a practical reference section listing the effects of various herbs, with prescriptions on how to use them for a wide range of illnesses.
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About The Herbal Handbook


Well-respected herbalist David Hoffmann's comprehensive and practical guide to herbal medicine.


• Discusses the history and modern practice of herbalism, including Chinese, Native American, and Welsh influences.


• Includes a practical reference section listing the effects of various herbs, with prescriptions on how to use them for a wide range of illnesses.


• Covers the fundamentals of growing, drying, storing, and cooking with herbs.


• Over 45,000 copies of previous edition sold.


This compendium of medical herbalism by one of the most eminent herbalists practicing today is both comprehensive and practical.  Answering basic as well as complicated questions about herbal medicine, it provides both the novice and the experienced practitioner with a reliable framework in which to develop their herbal skills.

A discussion of the history and modern practice of herbalism, encompassing the influences of Welsh, Chinese, and Native American herbal medicine is followed by a practical reference section that lists the various actions herbs have on the body (carminative, anti-inflammatory, etc.), with examples of herbs and their mode of activity in each category.  Herbal prescriptions for various illnesses are also organized under the main systems of the body so that information can be quickly and easily referenced. A final section covers the fundamentals of growing, drying storing and cooking with herbs, as well as the making of infusions, decoctions, oils, and ointments.  The author also provides helpful introductions to aromatherapy and plant medicines.

Table of Contents

Table of content

The Herbal Handbook
A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism

How to Use the Book
1. What is a Herb?
2. Approaches to Herbalism
3. Actions
4. Aromatherapy
5. The Chemistry of Plants
6. Body Systems
7. Herb Gardens and Cultivation
8. Herbal Pharmacy
9. Herbs and Cooking
10. Using Dye Plants
11. Potpourri
12. Becoming a Medical Herbalist
Bibliography
Metric Conversion
Index
Author Bio
David Hoffmann has been a practicing medical herbalist and a member of Britain's National Institute of Medical herbalists since 1979.  He has lectured widely and given seminars on this subject and is the author of Herbs for Healthy Aging, An Herbal Guide to Stress Relief, and Medical Herbalism.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

“David Hoffmann explores the full range of healing capabilities of herbs.”
Lets Live

“I guarantee after having this book's knowledge under your belt, turning away opportunities to learn more will be near impossible! . . . I highly recommend The Herbal Handbook by David Hoffmann. You may discover a new passion, one that will benefit you, your family, and your community!”
Diane Kidman, dkMommy Spot, July 2009

“Is it possible you will want another book with a more extensive list of herbs and their uses? Sure. But I highly recommend this one as an introduction to the concepts of herbalism. I’ve never yet seen another that compares, for that purpose.”
Rachel Ramey, Titus2homemaker.com, May 2013
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HERBAL MEDICINE / HEALTH

“David Hoffmann provides a missing gap in popular herbal literature. . . . Those seeking to make sense of other herbals will want to own this book. A useful, welcome book for both novice and experienced herbalists.”
--Foster’s Botanical & Herb Reviews

“Hoffmann’s approach offers a more practical use guide which includes specific herbal remedies grouped around common medical problems. . . . A comprehensive guide. Particularly valuable for newcomers to herbal treatment processes and ideas.”
--The Midwest Book Review

This compenduim of medical herbalism by one of the most eminent herbalists practicing today is both comprehensive and extremely practical. Answering basic as well as complicated questions about herbal medicine, it provides amateur and professional practitioners with a reliable framework in which their herbal skills can develop.

An illuminating discussion of the history and modern practice of herbalism, encompass- ing the influences of Welsh, Chinese, and Native American herbal medicine, is followed by a practical reference section that lists the various actions herbs have on the body (carminative, anti-inflammatory, and so forth), with examples of herbs and their mode of activity in each category. Herbal prescriptions for minor and more serious illnesses are also organized under the main systems of the body so that information can be quickly and easily referenced. A final section covers the fundamentals of growing, drying, storing, and cooking with herbs, as well as the making of infusions, decoctions, oils, and ointments. The author also provides helpful introductions to aromatherapy and plant medicines.

DAVID HOFFMANN has been a practicing medical herbalist and a member of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists since 1979. He has lectured widely and given sem-inars on this subject, and is the author of Herbs for Healthy Aging, An Herbal Guide to Stress Relief, and Medical Herbalism.

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