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School of Natural Healing Hardcover – January 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1879436015 ISBN-10: 1879436019

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Nutri Books Corp (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879436019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879436015
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Christopher became a Master Herbalist in 1946 after completing course work under Dr. H. Knowles at Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1948 he received his Naturopathic Doctor degree from the Institute of Drugless Therapy in Tama, Iowa. He continued his studies at the Los Angeles Herbal Institute under the renowned Dr. Edward Shook, receiving his Herbal Pharmacist degree. He practiced as a professional herbalist in the states of Washington, Wyoming, and Utah. He developed a training program for herbalists and organized The School of Natural Healing in 1953. When political legalities kept him from healing patients in his clinic, he fully applied his talents in instruction and provided herbal education for thousands. In addition to lecturing, he wrote and published other works including, Herbal Home Health Care, Capsicum, Every Woman's Herbal, Regenerative Diet, Three Day Cleansing Program, Curing the Incurables, The Cold Sheet Treament, and Rejuvenation Through Elimination. Dr. Christopher's message is "God intended everyone to have the knowledge to properly care for their own body."

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This book has a wealth of information.
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Every page, of this 600+ page volume, contains useful information regarding the use of herbs in health and healing.
Mark S
If you are interested in herbs, then this book is a must for your herbal library.
Lindsay B. Wolsey

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By M. Boothe on April 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
No stone left unturned in this book! This man has a thorough and accurate understanding of herbs and their uses. He was a Master Herbalist and I have many books on this subject...this one, however, is the 20th anniversary, expanded version issue and is the Bible of them all. I promise you, even if you're traveling, you will want to keep it with you. His personal life story is a miracle to me, he was an abandoned child found by some loving people in an orphanage when he was a young boy. And what a contribution to humanity this man has made! It's the best book that exist about the use of herbs. Also, helps you to identify plants and tells you what parts to use. I love his work, it's written for all the right reasons, he had been critically ill in his youth and his work sprung from those hardships. It is inspired!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Erin on July 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Christopher was an amazing pioneer in herbal medicine. The thick, lengthy book will never leave the wondering mind hungry, delving deeply into a variety of herbs with insightful personal usage, history, and formulas. The book begins with paragraphs under different conditions, but the heart of the book is the herbal details, where Christopher clearly expresses his love, admiration, and faith in natural medicine. He cites other herbalists such as Thomson and Shook, following in the same vein of thought as Eclectics before him, stretching it even further with personal opinions and sage advise. While some of the output is slightly dated, most of it is not, still stands as true today, and will always be invaluable information.

If you're ever seeking a reference guide for herbs, this is surely the one, as Christopher goes as far as to describe in a detailed, eye-catching way the habitat, full description from leaf to odor to flower to taste to stem, to properties, dose, preparation, therapeutic action, oral/anal/skin administration of all. So many herbs are covered in such rich detail it's impossible not to use this as a guide when learning a new herb. As many Eclectics were, Christopher was a big fan of the herb Lobelia, devoting here an entire chapter on it alone. However, the old "puke your brains out" use is now considered unsafe and outdated, but some of the herbs recommendations still stand strong today.

After the massive herbal index is read, there's a marvelous chapter on collecting herbs, preparing them in a huge amount of way, from tinctures to compounds to cerates to suppositories to pills to capsules to washes and baths, and much more.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Christina Paul VINE VOICE on March 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
All of my teachers and mentors, from Rosemary Gladstar to Michael Tierra have all touted Dr. Christopher and this book! We even have it at the natural products cooperative where I work in our library. It really brings home herbal medicine and formulation. If you have ever used the Dr. John R. Christopher formulas that are available in health food stores, you know how good they are. All of the formulas are contained within this book and many more that are certain to find use in every home interested in empowering themselves through herbal healing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Clegg on January 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Head and shoulders above the rest. Time wouldn't allow how highly I prize this book. Gives definitions of therapeutic terms(which is a life saver for a person new to herbs and herbal medicine) also gives information on combining herbs for best results. The 25th edition would be the only one I would by as it is updated for measurements, as well as having complete formulations for every one of Christophers' remedies. As someone new to Herbs, I was able to pick up information useable to me right away and apply it.The book includes excellent cross references for Latin and common names for herbs, as well as copious names used for each herb in case your vernacular calls the plant by a different name (also includes international names). Contains Recipes for a mucusless diet, three day cleansing program and lots of real case scenarios.

BEWARE!!! This book can get addictive! You will start looking up remedies for everyone around you and spouting solutions to ailments of those you talk with!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Graham on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have had this book for the last 10 years, and I find it indispensable for diagnosis and treatment. My daughter has diabetes, and has improved greatly when she has followed Dr. Christopher's diet and herbal formulae. You will not be disappointed.

One caveat is that the index can be a little confusing. Sometimes browsing is the best way to glean information.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By thessa belcher on January 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this book is such a gift! Full of actual stories which help in learning/remembering which herbs and formulas work in which circumstances. I can't say enough about it's thoroughness and approach to learning. It includes lists of which groups of herbs go well with other groups and what each group does. It also gives many different ways to use each herb.
Thanks so much Dr. Christopher!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For Western herbalism, this is the most thorough book in print. Very detailed. Could be a little bit better organized, but has all the details of John Christopher's ideas. Very useful. Even my mother likes it. Well worth the high retail price I paid for it
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