Therapeutic Herb Manual Author:Ed Smith Ed Smith is popularly known throughout the herb world as "Herbal Ed." He has been working as a medical herbalist for over 25 years and is an internationally known teacher and lecturer on herbs and herbal healthcare. In his constant search for herbal knowledge, Ed travels frequently throughout the world seeking out medicinal herbs and knowledge o... more »f their health-promoting powers.
This manual provides information about the use of 133 single liquid herbal extracts as well as 59 herbal compounds. The purpose of this book is to serve as a "ready reference" on the safe and effective use of liquid herbal extracts. Although much of the language used throughout this text is in the venacular of modern orthodox medicine, and diseases are often referred to by specific medical names, it must be understood that in traditional herbal medicine disease is not seen as a separate entity and therefore not treated as such. Disease is actually an interrelated set of underlying conditions manifesting as a specific set of symptoms. Modern medical science classifies these symptoms into collective categories, gives each category a name (e.g., eczema, cancer, hypertention, etc.), and then tries to cure the patient by treating the symptoms. The herbalist, however, is more corcerned with treating the patient, not the disease, and does so by improving the overall health of the patient and by removing the underlying causes of the disease. Herbs by themselves can only be expected to do so much. For optimal results they should be used in the context of a natural wholesome diet, ample exercise and rest, a positive attitude, fufilling work, and a simple lifestyle. This combination will almost always have a favourable influence on one's health and often induces healing where modern medicine has failed. The information presented in the following pages has been gleamed from 25 years of experience as a medical herbalist and from extensive academic research of herbal literature that ranges from ancient herbal texts to modern phytopharmaceutical journals.« less