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Seven Herbs: Plants as Teachers Paperback – January 29, 1993
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- Dana Ullman, M.P.H.
"Matthew Wood in his book has succeeded in integrating information in a manner which is rarely seen in contemporary writing. Starting with the works of Bohm, Paracelsus, Hahnemann, Burnett, and Bach, he has studied long and hard and has created a work that is far greater than the sum of its parts. This book belongs in the library of healers of all persuasions."
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The format is based on the pedagogical concept of the Ojibwe Grand Medicine Lodge, where students advance through seven stages or grades, each of which centers around one plant. However, the exact plants and medicinal lore involved are not shared outside Ojibwe culture (Wood is not Ojibwe) and maybe there is no one left alive who even knows all of it. So instead of the original seven Ojibwe plants, Wood provides seven American plants that have emerged as important in his own practice; and instead of the Ojibwe medicinal lore, Wood interprets seven chapters of Genesis and relates these stories to the plant teachings. Another important factor to consider is that this is really a book about homeopathy, not traditional herbalism.
If you identify as a Christian homeopath or herbalist I bet you will really dig this book. Even if you don't agree with Wood's take on the scriptures, his views are interesting and you will probably find them thought-provoking.
If you are not Christian and/or not especially interested in Biblical literature, you might just want to skim those parts or else be really patient and try to view them as heuristic models.
I liked the uniqueness of the approach. This particular work was written almost 30 years ago and I think Wood's approach and understanding of the plants have evolved and become more holistic since then.Read more ›
Wood gives the knowledge of life an extraordinary sense, based on his learnings with the Ojibawe tribe he analizes 7 stages of spiritual development and relates them with 7 diferent plants and 7 diferent simbols found in the book of the Genesis. This way you can learn and comprehend about the phase in wich you currently are and help you through it using the power of this plants.
He explains everything in such a simple and wise way that permites you to deeply learn the use and meaning of healing plants, as he gives a light in understanding the dinamics of life.
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Not my favorite Matthew Wood book, but still very informative.Published 23 days ago by Dawn Trygstad Rubin
Matthew Wood never disappoints. This is not light reading. Everything he has ever written I have learned from -- a master teacher.Published 11 months ago by R. Walker
The first book I read by Matt Woods, and it is still my favorite!Published 15 months ago by A. Phelps
Fabulous book even for people who don't think they're interested in herbs.Published 21 months ago by Jacque Lene Engel
Very informative. Clear. Great feeling of the Native American approach to healing.Published 24 months ago by Dee Dee