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Medical Herbalism : The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine

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Medical Herbalism contains comprehensive information concerning the identification and use of medicinal plants by chemical structure and physiological effect, the art and science of making herbal medicine, the limitations and potential of viewing herbs chemically, and the challenge to current research paradigms posed by complex plant medicines. It also includes information on toxicology and contraindications, the issues involved in determining dosage and formulation types for an individual, guides to the different measurement systems and conversion tables, and the pros and cons of both industrial and traditional techniques. With additional sections devoted to the principles of green medicine, the history of Western Herbalism, the variety of other medical modalities using medicinal plants, an extensive resource directory, and a discussion of treatments organized by body system, Medical Herbalism is the comprehensive textbook all students and practitioners of clinical herbalism need to develop their healing practices.

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  • Hardback | 672 pages
  • 213.36 x 279.4 x 45.72mm | 1,700.96g
  • Inner Traditions Bear and Company
  • Healing Arts Press
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 487 b&w illustrations
  • 0892817496
  • 9780892817498
  • 26,176

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"This is simply the most comprehensive reference work on holistic herbalism from a clinical perspective in existence... This well-researched, incredibly knowledgeable textbook could be said to usher in a new, critical phase in the development of herbalism." Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies, Sept 2007 " ... this manual gives the more serious herbalist a look at herbs with a thorough and scientific approach without stripping that something unexplainable that happens when we use herbs as medicine... Hoffmann's style is straightforward and informative containing a fascinating depth, making Medical Herbalism a reference tool any herbalist will reach for without hesitation." dkMommySpot, March 2009 "David Hoffmann has produced an herbal reference masterpiece. This is one of the most comprehensive and detailed reference books to be produced in many years and will become one of the standard texts for professionals and researchers. I will place it next to my desk with my most often-used books." Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, editor of HerbalG "Hoffmann beautifully blends science with his very holistic approach to herbal healing, displaying a true gift for making chemistry and physiology easy to understand. He not only suggests herbs and dietary changes to treat many conditions but explains why they work. Such knowledge aids both practitioner and herb user in understanding how they can choose the most effective and safe herbs. I applaud this as an important book for herbalism in the modern world." Kathi Keville, director of the American Herb Association "I consider David Hoffmann one of the most original and brilliant herbalists of our time, who dwells 'on the cutting edge' of thought and is often paving the way for others. The author of one of our finest herbal classics, The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal, David's ambitious undertaking of his -brilliant new book provides us with yet another exceptional textbook on herbs that merges art, -science, and conservation into a system of holistic herbalism for the future. This will be a valuable book for practitioners of herbal medicine as well as for other medical professionals." Rosemary Gladstar, president of United Plant Savers and author of Rosemary Gladstar's Family H "A well-written compendium of herbal medicine that cannot be found elsewhere in a single book." The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2004, Vol 24 Issue 3 "Contains comprehensive information concerning the identification and use of medicinal plants both by chemical structure and physiological effect." Share Guide, May/June 2004, Issue 73 "Medical Herbalism is an endeavor that will likely become a staple as an educational tool and indispensable reference for many." Katherine Duff, Townsend Letter, Aug/Sept 2004 "... Hoffman displays a true gift for making chemistry and physiology easy to understand." American Herb Association, Vol. 20:2 "David Hoffmann has outdone himself. This text provides a depth of knowledge that is truly needed by the herbalist, the physician, and the pharmacist in order to understand how to use herbal -medicine safely and effectively. Also an excellent resource to educate patients about the many -herbal remedies possible." David Winston, AHG, dean of the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine and chair of the Ad "Medical Herbalism provides a clinically oriented, systematic approach to Western herbal medicine missing from most texts. A great contribution to the herbal literature. " Roy Upton, herbalist and executive director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia "For all students and practitioners of herbalism, this complete handbook details the chemistry of herbs and presents in-depth discussions of specific ailments and treatments." Creations Magazine, Oct-Nov 2005 "For mid-level to advanced herbal students, or for any professional health care practitioner, this book represents an outstanding contribution. Kudos to both author David Hoffman and to Healing Arts Press for giving us this amazing volume." Leah Samul, Pan Gaia, Jan-Mar 2006

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MEDICINE / HOLISTIC HEALTH Medical Herbalism is a foundational textbook on the scientific principles of therapeutic herbalism and their application in medicine. Based on the author's more than twenty-five years of herbal practice, it contains comprehensive information concerning the identification and use of medicinal plants both by chemical structure and physiological effect, the art and science of making herbal medicine, and the challenge to current research paradigms posed by complex plant medicines. The author details the intricate chemistry behind herbalism, providing for the first time important background and insights into how herbal remedies are able to achieve their results and the limitations and potential of viewing herbs chemically. He then presents in-depth discussions of specific ailments and treatments organized by each of the major body systems, as well as delving into the special needs of children and the elderly. He includes the most up-to-date information on preparations, dosage, and contraindications; information on toxicology and the issues involved in determining dosage and formulation types for an individual; and the pros and cons of both commercial and traditional techniques. His materia medica presents 150 of the most beneficial herbs used in treatment practices, identifying not only their present uses but also their historical derivations. With additional sections devoted to the principles of green medicine, the history of Western herbalism, the variety of other medical modalities using medicinal plants, and an extensive resource directory, Medical Herbalism is the comprehensive textbook all students and practitioners of clinical herbalism need to develop their healing practices. It is also a complete handbook for the medical practitioner looking to bring herbal treatments into his or her practice. DAVID HOFFMANN, a Fellow of Britain's National Institute of Medical Herbalists, has been a clinical phytotherapist for more than twenty-five years. He started his herbal practice in Wales, continuing at the Findhorn community in Scotland, and has been practicing in California since 1986. A long time activist in the environmental and peace movements, he ran for parliament in Britain for the Green party in 1983. He is one of the founding members and a past president of the American Herbalists Guild and is on the advisory boards of the American Botanical Council and HerbalGram. The author of seventeen books, including the highly regarded The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal, An Elders' Herbal, and The Herbal Handbook, Hoffmann teaches phytotherapy throughout the English-speaking world and is currently a faculty member of the California School of Herbal Studies. He is also a visiting faculty member at Bastyr University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the National College of Phytotherapy, and the Rocky Mountain School of Botanical Studies.

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About David Hoffmann

David Hoffmann, a Fellow of Britain's National Institute of Medical Herbalists, has been a clinical phytotherapist for more than twenty-five years. He started his herbal practice in Wales, continuing at the Findhorn community in Scotland, and has been practicing in California since 1986. A long time activist in the environmental and peace movements, he ran for parliament in Britain for the Green party in 1983. He is one of the founding members and a past president of the American Herbalists Guild and is on the advisory boards of the American Botanical Council and HerbalGram. The author of seventeen books, including the highly regarded The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal, An Elders' Herbal, and The Herbal Handbook, Hoffmann teaches phytotherapy throughout the English-speaking world and is currently a faculty member of the California School of Herbal Studies. He is also a visiting faculty member at Bastyr University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the National College of Phytotherapy, and the Rocky Mountain School of Botanical Studies.

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Table of contents

Introduction Part One: Introduction to Principles and Practices 1--Herbs, Holism, and Science Science and Phytotherapy Pharmacognosy and Ways to Assess Herb Quality The Conservation of Medicinal Plants 2--Classification of Medicinal Plants The Linnaean System of Classification Derivation of Botanical Names 3--An Introduction to Phytochemistry Primary and Secondary Plant Metabolites Commonly Used Terms and Concepts 4--Carbohydrates Monosaccharides Polysaccharides Glycoproteins Glycosides Gums and Mucilages 5--Lipids Fatty Acids Lipids Containing Glycerol 6--Terpenes Monoterpenes Iridoids Sesquiterpenes Sesquiterpene Lactones Diterpenoids Saponins Triterpenoid Saponins Cardenolides and Bufadienolides Phytosterols Nortriterpenoids Plant Exudates Resins Oleoresins Balsams Gum Resins 7--Polyphenols Simple Phenols and Phenolic Acids Phenylpropanoids and Cinnamic Acids Coumarins Quinones Xanthones Stilbenoids Flavonoids Flavones and Flavonols Isoflavonoids Flavanones Dihydrochalcones Biflavonoids Lignans and Neolignans Tannins 8--Alkaloids Pyrrolidine and Piperidine Alkaloids Tropane Alkaloids Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids Purine Alkaloids Isoquinoline Alkaloids Indole Alkaloids Ergot Alkaloids Carboline Alkaloids Quinoline Alkaloids Quinolizidine Alkaloids Diterpenoid Alkaloids Steroid Alkaloids Miscellaneous Alkaloids 9--Pharmacology Pharmacodynamics Phytoestrogens Pharmacokinetics Immunomodulators Inflammation and Anti-Inflammatory Agents Cancer and Plant Constituents Antiviral Agents Antioxidants and Free Radical Scavengers Cardiac Glycosides Nonsteroidal Cardioactive Plant Constituents Cholesterol and Lipid-Lowering Activity Hypertension and Hypotensive Agents Platelet Function and Cardiovascular Herbs and the Liver Hypoglycemic Agents 10--Toxicity, Contraindications, and Safety Evaluating Causality in Adverse Events Toxicology Oxalic Acid Terpenes Glycosides Polyphenolics Alkaloids Polypeptides Lectins Photosensitivity 11--The Formulation and Preparation of Herbal Medicines Herbal Medicines Infusions Decoctions Tinctures (Tincturae) Fluid Extracts (Fluid Extracta) Syrups, Elixirs, and Emulsions (Emulsiones) Juices (Succi), Linctuses (Lincti), Mucilages and Oxymels Waters (Aqua) Capsules, Pills, and Tablets Lozenges (Trochisci) and Pastilles (Pastilli) Baths (Balneotherapy) Douches and Enemas Ointments and Suppositories Liniments Gargles (Gargarisma) and Mouthwashes Inhalants (Vapors) and Spray Solutions (Nebulae) Oils Compresses and Poultices Incompatibility Part Two: Treatment Approaches by Body System 12--A Model of Holistic Herbal Medicine Phytotherapeutic Selection Criteria Dosage and Formulation Criteria Outline of Treatment Chapters 13--The Digestive System Flatulence Constipation Laxatives Diarrhea Aphthous Ulcers Periodontal Disease Esophagitis and Gastroesophageal Reflux Gastritis Peptic Ulcers Hiatus Hernia Functional Dyspepsia or "Indigestion" Irritable Bowel Syndrome Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ulcerative Colitis Diverticulitis Jaundice Chronic Hepatitis Viral Hepatitis Cirrhosis Cholecystitis Cholelithiasis Hemorrhoids 14--The Cardiovascular System Tonics for the Cardiovascular System Cholesterol Hypertension Arteriosclerosis Congestive Heart Failure Angina Pectoris Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease Varicose Veins 15--The Respiratory System Coughs Acute Bronchitis Chronic Bronchitis Pertussis Asthma Emphysema The Common Cold Influenza Hay Fever Sinusitis Laryngitis Tonsillitis 16--The Nervous System Managing Stress: An Overview Depression Insomnia Withdrawal from Benzodiazepines Anorexia Nervosa Headache Migraine Neuritis Tinnitus Motion Sickness Shingles 17--The Urinary System Frequency Dysuria Hematuria Edema Cystitis Urinary Calculus 18--The Reproductive System Emmenagogues Amenorrhea Dysmenorrhea Premenstrual Syndrome Menopause Pregnancy Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy Uterine Fibroids Endometriosis Fibrocystic Breast Disease Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy 19--The Musculoskeletal System External Applications for Musculoskeletal Problems Myalgia Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis Osteoporosis Gout Bursitis and Tendinitis Restless Leg Syndrome 20--The Skin Herbs for Topical Application Eczema and Dermatitis Psoriasis Acne 21--The Immune System General Support Protocols Detoxification Postoperative Recovery General Guidelines for Treating Infection Vaginitis Prostatitis Boils Fungal Skin Infection Cancer 22--The Endocrine System Hypothyroidism Hyperthyroidism Diabetes Mellitus The Adrenal Glands 23--Phytotherapy and the Elderly Toning and Nurturing Health in Elders Prevention and Treatment of Disease in Elders 24--Phytotherapy and Children Measles Mumps Colic Constipation Diarrhea Indigestion Nausea Otitis Media Attention Deficit Disorder Diaper Rash Cradle Cap Impetigo 25--Herbal Actions Adaptogen Alterative Anticatarrhal Anti-Inflammatory Antimicrobial Antirheumatic Antispasmodic Astringent Bitter Cardiac Remedies Carminative Cholagogue Demulcent Diuretic Emmenagogue Expectorant Hepatic Hypnotic Hypotensive Nervine Stimulant 26--Materia Medica Appendices 1--Glossary 2--Selected Examples of Binomial Meanings 3--Herbs by Latin and Common Names 4--Pharmacy Terms 5--Weight and Measure Conversion 6--Herbal Information Sources 7--Taxonomy Hierarchy Bibliography Index

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