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Product Details

  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Press; 1st edition (October 9, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941524272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941524278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presented here are two books that address the healing qualities of herbs. The New Age Herbalist is an attempt to "form a bridge between orthodox medicine and herbalism . . . ." The authors believe that no herbalists should regard their treatment as beyond scientific explanation and analysis . . . ." The attractive book has many black-and-white drawings and color photos which clearly show the various parts of each herb described. The "glossary" of herbs is designed to be used with chapters on nutrition, healing, and body and home care; it also has a section on growing herbs. The authors provide basic psychological information and practical advice on using herbs, and include recipes for both foods and household preparations. A good, comprehensive work with sound advice on what conditions are treatable herbally, and when to obtain traditional medical treatment. Tierra, author of The Way of Herbs ( LJ 10/1/80), has compiled an impressive work that covers the philosophies of traditional Eastern herbal medicine along with describing the herbs and their uses. He compares these systems to Western herbal traditions, aiming at a synthesis to create a "planetary" herbalism. Tierra's basic assumptions, that because the Eastern systems have existed for centuries, they must work, and that "all plants must have potential therapeutic application," are unproven and probably unprovable. He sees herbalism as a religion of nature, intuitive rather than precise and scientific. The book may be of interest to Eastern herbalism researchers, but not for the practical herbalist, as the information is often contradictory or of marginal use.
- Katharine Galloway Gartska, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A major work integrating the herbal traditions of the East with those of the West by the bestselling author of "The Way of Herbs." This practical handbook and reference guide is a landmark publication in this field. For unprecedented usefulness in practical applications, the author provides a comprehensive listing of the more than 400 medicinal herbs available in the west, classified according to their chemical constituents, properties and actions, indicated uses and suggested dosages.

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Also, extremely useful appendix/glossary!
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It is a great book for herbal practitioners and laymen who know quite a bit about herbs.
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The author of this book is very knowledgable and informative about herbs.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
I have every single one of this authors books. The information in them is terrific, including this one. It covers the different types of herbal philosophies. Mainly the Chinese and Ayurvedic systems. He integrates them both with western herbs, and makes it work. I won't say his book has everything and every herb but it has a lot, and some of the more unusual herbs you usually can't find in the regular every day herb books. It's wonderful, and worth every penny you pay for it
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Erin on July 25, 2006
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I had always eyed this book, and now wish I had broken down and bought it earlier. Tierra has put so much information in these pages its breathtaking, a wonderful way to blend Ayurveda, TCM, and Western herbalism. With the popularity of the internet and with herbalists exploring different cultures and enjoying different aspects of various paths, this book should become a welcome addition to libraries everywhere. Tierra digs into the background of all three branches, breaking down the basics of each area of thought, including more than 400 herbs and their details. It gives Western herbalists another way to view herbs and their actions, which makes the book worth it on its own.

With all lined up beside each other in "The Nature of herbs", it's easier to see similiarities between each. If you're in the market for a book that enables you to accurately learn about an herb in whichever culture, this is the one to go to.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By chelseataylore on August 20, 2012
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One thing you can say about this product- it is very full of information in a relatively short book. But, I would recommend it only to those who have at least a basic understanding of both Western and Chinese/East Indian herbalism to get the full effect (which is its intended audience I believe). Though the book does explain most of what it states, this knowledge is necessary to fully appreciate it. It reads like a textbook more than anything, which is great but may not make it a "page turner" for those that don't have this knowledge.

This is an AMAZING handbook, and it explains energies of herbs (I believe over 400 of them!), some history, preparations, organs herbs effect, dosage, parts used, the properties of herbs, and even the methodology behind it all, without going in to too much detail. I especially appreciate the beginning, where he goes into food therapy, the types of preparations and why it matters, the eight methods of therapy, as well as the nature of herbs in Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic systems and the roots of it all. Excellent! Also, extremely useful appendix/glossary!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie B. Lull on April 8, 2012
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This author sets out to bring about the integration of Western herbs into the Ayurvedic system and the Traditional Chinese Medicine system. In the area of Western Herbology he includes European, Native American and Eclectic traditions. He argues that herbalism is as much an art as it is a science and there is an energy and a spiritual side to herbalism. This integrated system he calls Planetary Herbalism.

There is a section on the preparation and procssing of herbs, eight methods of Herbal therapy and Planetary Formulas as well as Ayuerviedic and Traditional Chinese formulas. In Part II of the book he has a Planetary Materia Medica. In Part III, the appendices he has information on herb energetics, herbal supplements for vegetarians and more about Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine. I would not recommemd this book for the beginner or inexperienced. It is a great book for herbal practitioners and laymen who know quite a bit about herbs. -- Val Lull
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamera, Zeus & Michael Price on September 8, 2013
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A Great Herb Book. This Is A Replacement For One That Was Stollen Years Ago. I Was Lost Without It. I Can Not Wait To Get Mine In The Mail On Tuesday. I Am Getting Back Into My Bulk Herbs. Sure Teas And Essential Oils Are Great; But NOw That I Am More Settled In.. I'd Like To Get Back To My Bulk Herbs. THis Is A Great Book. It Covers A Few Topics That I Have Not Found In Other Herb Books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Collier on August 2, 2013
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I have never truly appreciated western medicine, and at this phase in my life this book is a life saver! I quit smoking, and with the guidance of this book, I have stayed quit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Koppe on April 2, 2014
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Great book on Herbology. We used it in a class recomended by the herbalist to teach us. If you want to heal naturally and permanently rather than being on drugs or other medical I recommend your read this and seek other sources of similar reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Flaherty on January 3, 2014
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This was a great buy for anyone who wants to get into herbology. the amount of detail in this book is extraordinary and very helpful
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