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A Russian Herbal: Traditional Remedies for Health and Healing Paperback – February 1, 1997
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Blessed with a wide variety of climates, geography, and flora, Russia developed a rich folk tradition of herbal healing that is among the most sophisticated in the world. For example, seven centuries before the discovery of penicillin, Russian herbalists were successfully treating infected wounds with mold. Herbalism is still practiced in Russia today but, unlike in the West, it has developed hand-in-hand with allopathic medicine. Russian doctors began to take a serious interest in the medicinal value of plants more than fifty years ago. Recognizing that herbs could be a potent and cost-efficient part of a modern medical practice, they began rigorous scientific studies to test herbs’ usefulness. Today nearly every Russian medical school offers courses on the study of herbs, and many maintain a special research department that investigates the practical applications of herbal medicine.
Drawing on a wealth of oral and written traditions, A Russian Herbal explains the folkways, properties, and uses of the best-known Russian herbs--all widely available in North America, Europe, and Australia. It includes clear and simple recipes for treating specific health problems, such as heart disease, migraines, arthritis, and high blood pressure, in ways that have been proved safe and effective by medical research, both in the laboratory and in clinical practice. Also described are traditional healing methods previously unknown in the West, such as the water banya or bath, a special technique using steam that allows several herbs to be blended without losing their individual identity.
IGOR VILEVICH ZEVIN was raised in Belarus by his grandmother, an accomplished folk healer and herbalist who passed much of her knowledge to her grandson. An engineer by profession, Zevin has continued his study of herbs over the years. NATHANIEL ALTMAN has authored and coauthored more than fifteen books, including Oxygen Healing Therapies, The Twelve Stages of Healing, and The Deva Handbook. Lilia Vasilevna Zevin learned traditional herbal techniques while growing up in Lithuania.
Top Customer Reviews
The fact that it is a Russian herbal does not, by any means, make it obscure. (I only wish that, beneath the Latin name given for each herb, a translation of its Russian name were given.) I highly recommend it to anyone interested in herbalism.
Solid, reasonably professional (not another photo and gardening "herbal" to cluck about at the coffee shop, but an actually useful manual), clearly written English. Highly recommended.
This book is the first and only book in English that shares with you the centuries of Russian herbal wisdom. What you'll find here are not the usual pages of "Take this for high blood pressure, 3 capsules, twice a day," etc. Instead you'll be reading detailed accounts of not only how the herbs and plants have been used down through time, by Russian doctors and researchers as well as everyday people, but also the whys and hows of using them yourself, as well as clear and simple instructions on the varieties of methods for preparing these remedies at home.
There are many stories about the plants themselves, stories that you may soon find yourself sharing with friends and family. For more scientifically-minded readers, the pharmacological effects of the plants are listed, together with any precautions or special points to note.
All of these plants and herbs are available in the west. If not in your fields and forests, then via herb stores, either local or over the Internet.
In regards to the author not listing the Russian names for plants: the Latin names of the plants are listed under their "botanical names." With these it's simple to either do a Wikipedia search or a Google search and find the Russian names. Make sure you can read Cyrillic before trying this! But please note that you don't need to read a word of Russian to benefit greatly from this book.
Highly recommended for herbalists and anyone interested in natural remedies and healing.
However, there is one major flaw: nowhere does the author list the original Russian-language names for any of these plants. This makes it hard to search for further information in Russian, or ask a Russian-speaker about something (and did he really think that no Russian-speakers would ever use his book?).
The book does list the scientific names of the plants in question, though. What I've had to do to make the book usable for me is type each of these scientific names into the Russian Wikipedia's searchbox, and then write the Russian names in pencil above the English plant names.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect book for those curious about the spiritual path of the Russian folk traditions!Published 5 months ago by Mark Donahue
Nice herbal, has a lot of the standard herbs plus a few more. According to the author, Russian physicians are required to learn herbalism along with contemporary medicine, and for... Read morePublished 20 months ago by E. Simpson
very useful book for herb lovers and practical help fore home remedy.Published 20 months ago by varada Tatachar
I love books and learing abount the differant traditions and how common they really are. I really like exploring anything Russian and hope to visit soon.Published on September 24, 2013 by Albert Medina