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Product Details

  • Series: Wise Woman Ways
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ash Tree Publishing; Revised edition (April 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888123036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888123036
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susun S. Weed has no official diplomas of any kind; she left high school in her junior year to pursue studies in mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA and she left college in her junior year to pursue life. Susun began studying herbal medicine in 1965 when she was living in Manhattan while pregnant with her daughter, Justine Adelaide Swede. She wrote her first book -- Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 29th printing)-- in 1985 and published it as the first title of Ash Tree Publishing in 1986. It was followed by Healing Wise (1989), New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (1992 and revised in 2002), and Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (1996). In addition to her writing, Ms Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of the Wise Woman Center, and is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and a Peace Elder. Susun Weed is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, peer- reviewed journals, and popular magazines, including a regular column in Sagewoman. Her worldwide teaching schedule encompasses herbal medicine, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, psychology of healing, ecoherbalism, nutrition, and women's health issues and her venues include medical schools, hospital wellness centers, breast cancer centers, midwifery schools, naturopathic colleges, and shamanic training centers, as well as many conferences. Susun appears on many television and radio shows, including National Public Radio and NBC News.

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Susun S Weed has received the Twentieth Century Award for Achievement, is included in Who's Who of Intellectuals, was recognized as an Outstanding Person of the 20th Century, and was nominated as International Woman of the Year. Her books and appearances have helped millions of women attain better health and become more powerful in themselves.

Ms. Weed has no diplomas of any kind, having left high school in her junior year to pursue mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA, and having left there in her junior year to pursue life. She began studying her study of herbal medicine in 1965.

Her areas of focus are: folkloric herbalism, eco-herbalism, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, philosophy and psychology of healing, comparative religion, and women's health/spirituality. She is especially interested in altered states of consciousness as they pertain to learning, healing, birthing, and dying; and the role of plants in these states.

Ms. Weed has four books in print (Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year; Healing Wise; Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way; and Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way) in English, French, and German, is published in peer-reviewed journals ( Journal of Nurse-Midwifery), writes a regular column in Sagewoman, and is the star of two professional video tapes (Weeds to the Wise and Menopause Metamorphosis).

She sits on many advisory boards: Oregon Menopause Project, CIIS, Above & Beyond Hope Sanctuary, and Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Foundation. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Women's Studies includes her entries on herbalism, menopause, and nutrition. She's been on numerous radio and TV shows including Fresh Air Radio, National Public Radio, NBC News, Prescription for Health, Ask the Family Doctor, Wisdom Channel, and America's Talking.

Susun S. Weed has instructed students at venues such as: Yale Nurse Midwifery School, State University of New York (Scholar-in-residence), Kripalu Yoga Center, Benedictine Hospital, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Northern Dachas Hospital, Conn. Inst. for Herbal Studies,California School of Herbal Studies, New York Open Center, Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, Florida School of Midwifery, American College of Nurse Midwives, University of Rhode Island, Uni. of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, Rowe Conference Center, Interface Institute, Sufi Order Healing School, Heart of the Goddess Center, John Bastyr Naturopathic College, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Hawkwind Earth Uni, and Self Heal Herbal Center.

She has also trained health-care professionals abroad at such prestigious schools as: The Kosmos/Amsterdam, Waikato College of Herbal Studies/New Zealand, Weg der Mitte/Berlin, Brustgesundheit Centrum/Germany, Arkuna/Munich, Frankfurter Ring/Germany, Australasian College of Herbal Studies/Australia, and Elfenbank/Holland.

During the past decade she has been a featured teacher at: Green Nations Herbal Gathering, International Herb Symposium, Women's Herbal Conference, Women's Spirituality Forum, HerbFest, Pacific Northwest Herbal Symposium, Midwifery Today Conference, Alaskan Midwives Conference, and Midwives Association of North America (MANA) conferences.

Susun S Weed is an initiated member of the Wolf Clan and the Sisterhood of the Shields; she is a Peace Elder. Her adopted Native American grandmothers are Twylah Nitsch and Keywaydinoquay. She is the founder of the Wise Woman Center and Ash Tree Publishing and the voice of the Wise Woman Tradition. Learn more at www.wisewomanweb.com

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to any woman at any age.
N. Namdar
A very comprehensive approach to the wide range of symptoms of menopause.
MotherofMany
The book is chock full of information and helpful advice.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Susan Weed gives a menopausal woman an entirely different view than that presented by the medical professionand the world at large. She gives the post menaupausal woman a reason to go forward with confidence into this new stage of life. The TRADITIONAL way of handling the physical and spiritual problems one encounters are explained easily and poetically. A big contrast to the sterile and totally unsympathetic view of doctors. They tend to look on this time as a chance to dehumanise the woman, whereas Susan shows how to become a better and more fulfilled being. As an amateur herbalist (I make my own tinctures that have successfully replaced the dreaded Premarin that I was put on after my hysterectomy) I found her information on herbs extremely useful I had found out, by trial and error, much that she explains on the use of herbs, but there is much that i did not know. A great book for those who do not want to be dehumanized by the medical profession and want to enjoy their many final years with health and vigour!
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
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This book deals with many women's problems, from an alternative healing approach.
Susun Weed considers the whole person, not just the physical symptoms.
She discusses herbs, diet and nutrition, exercise, meditation, medications, and as a last resort, surgery.
She also introduces the reader to ancient ways to deal with anger, sorrow, and life changes. She gives you a whole new way to look at change, not as something to be feared; but as a new opportunity for personal growth and service to your community.
She deals with giving up the child bearing years, to embrace a new phase in life. Something most books on menopause do not even touch on.
She truely does impart wisdom, and bring hope and help to women going through changes, whether menopausal or not.
A book my family will never be without! MB
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1998
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So, at the age of 44, and still looking like I was about 32, I found myself smack dab in menopause. I couldn't understand my lack of patience with those I encountered in the world. I had absolutely no inclination to please anyone by extending myself emotionally. I just wanted to be alone....needed to be alone....absolutely by myself. I just wanted to stay in my bed and rest. I cried alot; and, I kept rethinking my past and the things that had caused me unhappiness. I felt that I didn't have anything to live for. I felt old and undesireable. Then, one day, in the organic health food store, I came across this wonderful book. Since I was at the brink of accepting my menopausal status, I wanted to read as much as a could on the subject. All I can say is thank God I found this book. It spoke to me and identified all of the things I was feeling. It taught me that it was ok to be menopausal and that there is a place in the world for me. I felt better. I began on my herbal therapy and now I feel much better. The only problem that I have now is that since I appear so youthful, I still don't get the respect I believe I deserve as I begin to function in my crone role. Well, I guess wrinkles will catch up with me in a bit. Read this book. Buy this book for a loved one who you think is nearing menopause. Heck, buy this book for any young woman so she'll know what to expect.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Candace LaRue on February 11, 2002
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This book is for any woman who has asked the question, "Is this menopause?"
Structured with six steps of healing - ranging from taking time to do nothing at all through a wide variety of alternative healing modalities to the most aggressive of modern medical techniques, Susun S. Weed's "New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way," offers information, insight and wisdom to women who are seeking their own path through the journey of menopause.
I found the level of educational material offered in this book to be extraordinary. I was particularly interested in the wealth of options for engaging my own energy, using healthy foods, physical activities, and herbal remedies. Additionally, I found the approach to the benefits offered by modern medicine to be a wise one - providing information on both the positive and life saving benefits of modern technology as well as the dangers of using invasive therapies where they are not beneficial.
Perhaps what I found most appealing about "New Menopausal Years" was the way in which this time of change is honored, as "Grandmother Growth" seemed to be whispering in my ear the messages of ancient wisdom - messages all too often lost in our culture that only seems to value what is "new and improved".
Ms. Weed offers an online newsletter through her website and I have found it to be a valuable adjunct to this book, with regularly updated content and information on workshops and other events that may be of interest to readers.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. Goddard on April 1, 2002
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If this book had not been given to me by a close friend, I would be experiencing menopause in an entirely different manner. The purring voice of Grandmother Growth, who introduces many of the chapters, assured me that I am not losing my mind or harboring a terminal illness; that menopause is not something to be endured or fixed, but rather an ongoing adventure loaded with opportunity.
The Wise Woman approach to the various and unexpected discomforts and joys of the Change has motivated me to seize this experience to transform my life for the better.
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