Still others are important alternatives to many of our plants now endangered by overharvesting. With interest in natural health remedies and alternatives to Western medicine on the rise, Michael Tierra provides a classic work on herbs and natural healing. Michael was one of the first acupuncturists to obtain a license to practice in the state of California. The revised version of T he Way of Herbs. These traditional methods do not replace, but augment, modern medical diagnostic practices. These are only some of the issues facing herbalists at this time.
Herbal therapies will generally require a fairly large dose of herbs and an extended period of treatment. The continuing evidence of the safety of herbs, along with the paucity of their adverse effects as reported by poison control centers, supports this widespread acceptance of alternative medicine and herbs. From these diverse cultures, he has developed a unique approach to herbalism that is firmly rooted in practical experience. When treating acute diseases, the therapy will be applied for several days, and chronic ailments may be treated over a period of months. It is in contrast to the lack of appreciation demonstrated by those who retreat to the wilderness to dump all of their repressed desires symbolized by the beer cans, pop bottles and other debris left in their wake. They offer the most direct and immediate relief of pain and inflammation in a myriad of conditions and are easily combined with the use of herbs and diet.
In that time, I have come to gain a deep respect for the traditional medical systems that gave rise to much of our current knowledge and Michael has gained a keen interest in the scientific explanations and clinical evaluations of herb action. It struck him that an ancient theoretical foundation should be applicable to herbs known or unknown, no matter where they grew. When herbs are used properly they are as safe as any natural food and they are far safer than other drugs. Thirty-two new herbs have been added and information on many of the existing ones appearing in the previous edition has been updated on the basis of the latest research and herbs most recently added to the modern Western pharmacopoeia. A good tea for gas, indigestion, bloating, and nausea is made by combining a pinch each of powders of anise seed, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and an even smaller pinch of black pepper. All around good intro book for herbs, part of the plants to use, their ailments, classification, and how to apply them to daily routine and life. I am often asked if herbs are safe.
The way of the native Americans shows us a reciprocity, a give-and-take attitude about nature. The author and publisher disclaim any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of the book, or of any products mentioned herein. Soon it caught on like wildfire, its usage and sales soaring not unlike the current explosion in the United States of St. Used by one of three people in Japan, they are beginning to be employed in hospitals for pain relief and the healing of broken bones. The book includes a revised chapter on botanical cancer treatments and uses for magnetic therapy.
The unequal distribution of foods leaves some individuals without adequate nutrients while giving others deadly dietary excesses, especially in the form of highly processed foods. Certainly, it needs to be guided by a governing body of trained herbalists. It contains complete, easy-to-use information on simple herbal remedies and gives detailed descriptions of more than 140 Western herbs and 31 important Chinese herbs. The greatest assault on health has come from the unsanitary conditions of city life and from bad diet. Michael had a further reason to bring energetics to Western herbs. I have done considerable research into the problems of herbal toxicology, but this field is poorly developed. It's unquestionably the most comprehensive herbal reference I currently have on the shelf! So I must say that herbs work.
Established in 1979, the Institute carries on research and education with emphasis on herbal medicine. I answer both yes and no. It shows how to gain and maintain health through a holistic approach, with information on simple herb remedies, and descriptions of more than 140 Western herbs and 31 Chinese herbs. However, too many people turning to alternative medicine try to cure themselves by using a sprinkle of herbs in a cup of boiling water, thus drinking what they think of as an herbal tea. Paul Lee of the Academy of Herbal Medicine, I helped produce three major Symposia on herbs, which brought together university researchers, government officials, herb suppliers and herb users.
Chief Formulator Planetary Herbals' primary formulator is renowned herbalist and clinician Michael Tierra. However, Tierra's herbal on western herbs is specific and includes relevant and beneficial information as he lists each herb by it's most common name, scientific name, other common names, plant family, parts of the herb used, the flavor and energy of the herb, body systems and organs the herb affects, the biochemical constituents in the herb, the herbal actions and properties of the herb, the standardization and dose of the herb in it different methods of application, the specific conditions the herb is used to treat and its other uses, and furthermore some history and background data on the herb as well as its safety, contraindications, and adverse effects. As a result, the proven health benefits of many herbs and natural remedies are denied to those in need in America. Many of the mild herbs need to be taken in the amount of one ounce per pint two cups of water in making a tea. Entire multimillion-dollar companies have sprung up from grassroot beginnings in home kitchens.
Something missing though was a comparison of chinese and auyervedic. He has an extensive background of study with traditional healers of America, India and China. Moreover, an entirely new chapter on the botanical treatment of cancer has been added. The herbalist, along with the American Indian, appreciates nature not only for its beauty but also for the valuable resource of wild foods and medicines that grow in these all-giving bowers. The information about the herbs has been centered around the nature of the systems affected and the important properties of the herbs. The book includes instructions for buying, preparing and integrating Chinese herbs into daily life.
After licensing, he went on to obtain the most advanced credentials available in acupuncture--Oriental Medical Doctor O. From the thousands of herbs available in Chinatowns, Michael has picked the most widely used and highly valued to introduce to our readers. Long ago, Michael recognized this need. It is one thing to eliminate the bad habit of drinking coffee and black tea by replacing it with an herbal beverage, and another thing to treat an ailment with a potent medicinal tea or other herbal therapy. In addition to my primary reason for reading and using this book, I like the included section Theory of Using herbs, which is although quite concise, very useful even as a general reminder about the simplistic but effective nature that herbs and plants have and that we can so easily utilize and attain potent earth medicine that is just as reliable as technological medicine but much more economically and environmentally sound.
He explained the therapeutic use of foods along with identification of the energetic imbalances in the body. I do have to mention that the range of herbs he includes is extensive but not complete as for some I had to find other sources. Thus, different companies extract and standardize different constituents and to varying potencies. For you will have pushed aside the warning signals that you are doing something wrong. Herbs should not be used without an adequate knowledge of their traditional uses and application. A certain perspective is necessary for this communication to occur. Awesome breadth and depth of information! Tierra lives in Ben Lomond and practices nearby at the East West Acupuncture Clinic in Santa Cruz at the northern end of Monterey Bay in Central California.