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Natural Healing Wisdom & Know How: Useful Practices, Recipes, and Formulas for a Lifetime of Health Paperback – March 18, 2009

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (March 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128005
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 10.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I dont think I can really express how useful this book is.
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Very large book, with small print...This makes it hold lots of info.
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My daughter bought the book and I couldn't wait to get mine!

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lynette R. Fleming on August 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Thinking about herbs and their value in healing? Wondering how acupressure works? Not sure what macrobiotics are? Wondering how to heal yourself through good nutrition and supplements? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this complete natural healing collection is a book you simply must own.

Whether you are interested for the sake of wellness or in need of natural healing for a condition or disease, you will find the information you need inside the cover of this book. The book itself is larger than an encyclopedia, 10 1/2 by 13 3/4". It includes chapters on naturopathy, herbalism, homeopathy, aromatherapy, Eastern healing methods, energy healing, flower essences, mind-body healing techniques, healing with foods, nutrition, diet and supplements, and other healing techniques. Wow ... nearly 500 pages of information, suggestions, tips, charts, and tables. Amazing!

My favorites are the chapters on nutrition and herbs. There are some things that at the moment I don't have time to do, like growing my own sprouts, but with suggestions for every condition from eating disorders to high blood pressure and everything in between, the pages of this book are sure to be frequently referenced in my home, like the next time one of us gets poison ivy. Since we live in a wooded area, that happens more frequently than I like to remember.

Like Susan Schenk, I also am quite interested in the section on targeted nutrition. Most people wait until they have an affliction before they do anything about it. In the hospital where I work, our insurance costs are skyrocketing, and the top five diseases and conditions causing this rise are totally preventable. Many of our health problems today are due to our lousy diet.

Interested in prevention and natural healing? This is one book you need to order!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schenck TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Natural Healing Wisdom & Know-How book is a tremendous encyclopedia and reference book for nearly every kind of natural healing modality you can think of: acupuncture, herbs, fasting, juicing, raw foods, ayurvedic, meditation, massage, homeopathy, crystals, reflexology, bach flowers , supplements, yoga, and much more. Included are 7,498 charts, lists, tip, instructions, diagrams and illustrations.

There is a very useful, complete index of ailments for easy reference to find natural remedies for those conditions.

Each healing modality includes many do-it-yourself formulas and recipes. For example, under aromatherapy you can find essential oils for complaints like insomnia, grief and depression, complete with specific recipes for formulas to treat those conditions. There are numerous herbal formulas and homeopathy prescriptions--remedies for all kinds of disorders in each category of healing.

There is an entire chapter devoted to healing with different nutritional methods such as macrobiotics, raw foods, fasting, supplements and more. As an author of a raw food book, I was amazed to see so much practical information on the raw food diet: types of raw diets, drying time for dehydrating specific foods, sprouting chart for specific seeds, pages & pages of raw food recipes, and even a listing of raw foods (produce, nuts, seeds, etc.) and their definitions!
Included in the nutrition chapter are several pages of "targeted nutrition" which I found particularly interesting. It lists foods to eat or avoid for each organ.

As an acupuncturist, I was also impressed with all the information on Chinese medicine, including the philosophy, and details about herbs, acupuncture, and acupressure (complete with charts).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vivien Li on June 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I admit that I received this book thinking that it was another of those touchy-feely manuals on curing minor ailments through some combination of yoga and "positive energy." But when I did finally start looking through it, I discovered that the advice was both sensible and interesting.

The major chapters are as follows: Naturopathy, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy & Essential Oils, Eastern Healing Methods, Energy Healing, Flower Essences, Mind-Body Healing Techniques, Healing with Foods, Nutrition, Diet, and Supplements.

In Chapter 1: Naturopathy, I found advice on healing allergic reactions, bruises (cayenne liniment), burns, and colds. I tried to compare the advice dispensed to common knowledge and found that the opinions were sound, or at least not unheard of. For instance, "sweating therapy" is commonly used in Chinese households to get over the common cold.

If you did an Internet search for any of the given ailments, you'd probably find all of the advice, but having it densely crammed together in one manual is useful. The book is actually very large -- about the size of a 15" laptop, and each page is arranged newsprint style on what actually feels like newspaper (recycled paper?) -- three small-print columns with the occasional sketch drawing.

The next chapter I visited was 5, Eastern Healing Methods. I didn't think it'd be accurate, especially because all of the herbs and medicines would be referred to by their Chinese names (translated phonetically into English), but my parents corroborated much of the advice. For ease of use, the author also included Latin names in addition to Chinese names. I can't say for sure that Traditional Chinese Medicine is useful, but I do think this book accurately reflects the principles and advice of TCM.
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