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Botanical Medicine: A European Professional Perspective
by Dan Kenner and Yves Requena
Herbal medicine is as old as humankind and has been used universally throughout civilization. Yet, in the West since the Middle Ages it has passed through several cycles of ascendancy and decline. During its recent decline in favor of synthesized chemical medicines, the skills on which botanical medicine were based--the observation of patients hour by hour, day by day--was trivialized as ``anecdotal" and disparaged as lacking scientific merit. Diagnosis and treatment became microscopic search and destroy missions, where specific disease agents were sought with specific tests so that they could be attacked by magic bullets of biochemical origin. Today, however, people have become aware of the limited resolving power of a solely analytical and microscopic view. Macroscopic observation--touching, listening, questioning--are once again credible. Botanical Medicine is a book for this era. It describes the main paradigms for the professional administration of herbs based on naked--sense observation, using the model of yin-yang and the five phases from Chinese traditional medicine, the model of the terrain medicines of French phytotherapy, as well as modern adaptations in physician-based European practice.
The book is complete and self-contained. It begins with an explanation of the ideas and models, extends to theoretical and practical application, and concludes with detailed profiles of a large repertory of herbs. The information required for application of each of the main therapeutic approaches is presented in a large section of herbal profiles. Each profile contains information regarding the herb's botany, chemistry, and history, as well as its applications and indications. The information required for the professional practice of botanical medicine as it is used in Europe, is emphasized in particular, French phytotherapy.
"...what one is offered, within the covers of the text, presents an exciting foray into the unique clinical world of European herbal medicine. For those interested in broadening their perspective and improving their clinical efficacy, this text definitely has something to offer."
—Chris Zaslawski, Meeting Point
"The interested layperson will find quite a bit of usable information in the second section. I learned new things about many familiar plants while reading this section, as well as the names an properties of others not in the traditional Western practitioner's kit-bag. As a novice with no formal medial education, I can only marvel at the lucidity of the writers, that I can actually read an enjoy this sophisticated new approach to total health. I recommend it to all open-minded souls who are interested in the medicines of the future."
—The Empty Vessel
Publication Date: December 1996 2nd Edition May 2001
Trade paperback; 412 pages; 7" by 10"; $34.95
Including: Index ~ Bibliography ~ Footnotes ~ Glossary ~ Appendix ~ Illustrations ~ Effects charts for different systems.
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