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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938190911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938190912
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is crazy in the sense that i couldn't believe my ears as i read it, seem wonderful to me.
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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This book is...different. I got this book because I love Matthew Wood's other writing on herbalism, and because he covers some herbs here that I don't often see elsewhere. However, the basic premise of the book was not clear to me when I bought it--if I had known more about that, I would still have bought the book but there are others I'd have read first. So I will outline the premise here for prospective buyers:

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.
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By A Customer on March 25, 2000
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This book provides a skilled and knowledgeable exploration into to the uses of 7 herbs by a master herbalist. This book would be useful to students and practioners of herbalism, homeopathy, and flower essences, as the information can be utilized across these disciplines. The book clearly explains when and how to use these remedies and gives ample case studies from author's personal experience that further assist the reader in forming a clear picture of the signature of the herbs described.
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We have been doing a review of this book. We still haven't finished it because there is a lot of discussion about the contents. Wood blended Bible mythology with the herbs. I wish that he had gone deeper into his beliefs.
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matthew wood's books are essential for anyone who takes herbal medicine seriously. he doesn't offer easy answers or suggestions for weekend travellers. it is work, worthy, but requiring effort. matt wood makes it enjoyable and clear. i recommend all of his books.
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This is a excellent book. Well researched and very well written. Matthew Wood is very knowledgeable and can convey his knowledge in a clear manner. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about medicinal herbs.
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Way too many biblical references. I do not want a lesson in christianity, but in plants. His book would be exceptionally smaller if he'd left out these scripture quotations. Did not appreciate this book, but do like some of his other books.
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By Benjamin on March 26, 2014
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i love matthew wood's books, and this one is excellent. i have yet to follow his guide of the seven pillars, but i am hoping to do it soon.
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