378 pages, 8.00 x 10.00"
Western Herbal Tradition Two-Thousand Years of Knowledge
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This work is a comprehensive and critical exploration of the use of plant medicines through two thousand years of history, from Dioscorides to the present day. It follows each of 27 herbs through a wide range of key sources from European, Arabic, and American traditions including Greek, Roman, and Renaissance texts. A rich discussion of the historical texts is balanced with current applications and research. Each illustrated monograph contains information on species, identification, and botanical description; characterization and medicinal use drawn from featured herbals; consideration of traditional therapeutic approaches; current evidence on pharmacological constituents; review of evidence on safety; recommendations for internal and external uses; prescribing; and dosage.
The Western Herbal Tradition provides a comprehensive and critical exploration of the use of plant medicines through 2000 years of history from Dioscorides to the present day. It follows each of the 27 herbs through a wide range of key sources from European, Arabic and American traditions including Greek, Roman and Renaissance texts. A rich discussion of the historical texts is balanced with current application and research.
The herbs have been selected on the basis of common use by practicing herbalists.
Each illustrated monograph contains:
- Species, identification and botanical description
- A study of the characterisation and medicinal use of the plants consistently drawn from featured herbals which includes the author's own translations from the Latin
- Assessment of past and current texts in the transmission of herbal knowledge
- Consideration of traditional therapeutics, including humoral and physiomedical approaches
- Suggestions towards a modern experimental approach through Goethean methodology
- Current evidence on pharmacological constituents
- Review of evidence on safety
- Recommendations for internal and external uses, prescribing and dosage