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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (May 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556435037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556435034
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism is a rallying cry to reexamine our vibrant past traditions and stay true to our roots. This superb book from an incisive mind states the options succinctly."- Keith Robertson

About the Author

Matthew Wood is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has maintained a private practice as an herbalist for twenty years. He lives and practices at Sunnyfield Herb Farm in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

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I highly recommend all of his books not only for Western Herbalists, but for Chinese Herbalists and Homeopaths as well.
Preston Foell
I really like this book, have been learning a lot from Matthew Wood, it gives a lot of info that is basically easy to understand.
Lisa Branning
This book, along with Vitalism, has given me a historical and practical context for Western Herbalism that makes sense to me.
Sidney

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sidney on April 9, 2008
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This book, along with Vitalism, has given me a historical and practical context for Western Herbalism that makes sense to me. I've been a closet herbalist for decades, stumbling over what were to me, cryptic texts, out of context, and these books by Matthew Wood catapulted me out of said closet and into (herbalist) school.-!!- I had no idea what to expect when I ordered this book. Halfway through I ordered Vitalism, and half way through that I ordered The Book of Herbal Wisdom. Having not read a huge quantity of herbals I cannot rate this book against all the many others, but it lit a bonfire in me to move forward. Lights on. Five Stars.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Preston Foell on January 7, 2008
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This book, as most of Mathew Wood's books is par excellence! Written with clarity, ease, brilliance Mr. Woods books are engaging, easy to read for both the budding herbalist or experienced practitioner. The Western Herbalism he espouses is based on his extensive experience as a practicing herbalist and his continued passion to study the great herbal masters of the Western World. His integrity, wit, and skill will leave you clamoring for more written works by this modern healing Master. I highly recommend all of his books not only for Western Herbalists, but for Chinese Herbalists and Homeopaths as well.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Murphy on November 3, 2006
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Matthew Fox has brought the Old Ways of Herbal Medicine to our modern world. This book speaks in a language I can understand. His descriptions of the underlying imbalances within the tissue that results in symptoms made such an impression on me. He lists signs which we all can identify in our illness. The book gives a description of the plants that can favorably affect these tissue states. Once the underlying cause of an illness is brought back to normal, a balanced state, then the disease goes away. Makes sense to me!!!

Clear and to the point, but also has such a warm, personal touch. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Wallace on November 4, 2009
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I bought this book looking for a solid intro into the nearly forgotten craft of constitutional western herbalism, particularly the theories and practices of the ecclectics and physiomedicalists. This book delivers. This book will give the budding herbalist a good foundation upon which to build a deep understanding of the nature of chronic and acute illness in the human organism, as well as some basic materia medica to begin experimenting with. But do be aware: Mathew wood chooses his words precisely, and some folk might get a little confused as to the difference between "agitation" and "irritation", for example. But you'll figure it out in the long run. A splendid work, 4.5 stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. spronsen on April 5, 2011
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great description of tissue states and the herbs included. you can trust Matthew Wood to pull together and synthesize a vast range of information, making it fun, memorable and interesting.
If you have any of his other books, you will want this one for sure.
If you are new to herbalism, it's a fascinating read that may be partially over your head at first, but understandable enough to be instantly useful, and it will grow with you as you learn.
If you are somewhat experienced, it's great, and if you are super duper experienced you'd probably still like it, because M.W. is pretty fantastic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dandelion on July 29, 2010
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This book is written by an author who is so full of knowledge and love of Herbalism that he can tend to run on and on, but I try to bear with him because eventually he gets to the point you want to hear. He is just so passionate about Herbalism and his work that other books he has written I struggled to stay interested. This one has not been that way. I was pleased to see him stay on track with focus on the information versus his phylosophy. Interesting theroy and one that most all can agree on. You either will relate or it'll be over your head. But the information is good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Dalziel on June 18, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. This is a scholarly book for students of herbal medicine, and is a tough slog through for the casual reader. But if you are prepared to look up words in the glossary and dig through the theories and jargon, you will be richly rewarded with a deeper understanding of what we've lost as a culture, by our dependence on chemicals and corporations, and what we have to gain by moving closer to natural health and wellness.

I especially enjoyed the anecdotal examples in the materia medica in the second half of the book. I was able to understand some of the thinking that goes on when a person presents with a health inquiry and how to decide which herb profile would best answer the need. Is the person hot or cold; wet or dry? The author's explanations of these concepts in traditional western herbalism and eastern holistic medicine, brought the aha moment for me.

This book was recommended reading for the Intermediate Herbal Medicine course from the Herbal Academy of New England.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jose J Vega III on May 29, 2013
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A must read for all interesting in learning Traditional Western Herbalism, Matthew Wood does a fantastic job laying out a foundation for any aspiring herbalist.
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