Native Healers

Foundations in Western Herbal Medicine

By (author) Anita Ralph, By (author) Mary Tassell

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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : July 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 614
  • Size : 152mm(w) x 229mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 93838
  • ISBN 13 : 9781912807116
  • ISBN 10 : 1912807114
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A foundation text on the fundamental principles of Western herbal medicine and how to implement them in practice 

Written by two leaders in their field, this book combines the latest in scientific research with the wisdom of ancient traditions to reveal a system of healing that is flexible, supportive, powerful, and kind.

Presenting a view of the body and its systems which is unique to Western herbal medicine, Native Healers provides a clear and comprehensive overview of basic treatment approaches to common conditions and the herbs used to heal them.

This book serves as an informative companion to the Heartwood Foundation Course in Western Herbal Medicine and is an indispensable resource for students, healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in herbal medicine.

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About the author

By (author) Anita Ralph

Anita Ralph qualified as a medical herbalist, becoming a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) in 1991. She runs a busy practice and herbal dispensary in West Malling, Kent, and since 2006 has collaborated with a consultant gynaecologist offering integrated health care to women of all ages. Her paper and clinical audit on women's experience of herbal treatment at menopause was published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine in 2019. She has been a clinical supervisor and tutor for degree and master's degree students of herbal medicine in the UK and is now course leader for Heartwood's foundation course in herbal medicine and is a writer, tutor and clinical trainer for Heartwood professional course for medical herbalists. Anita and Mary co-authored the Foundation Course in herbal medicine for Heartwood.

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By (author) Mary Tassell

Mary Tassell commenced training to become a medical herbalist in 1996, after working for over 10 years within an NHS setting in clinical biochemistry. On graduating she became a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) in 2000, subsequently taking over editorship of their in-house magazine for a number of years. She taught at both Western Herbal Medicine training clinics and for the Northern College of Acupuncture, where she taught Anatomy and Physiology. She strongly believes that medicine should not be a 'one size fits all' discipline and actively encourages and enables her patients to adopt strategies to improve their own health wherever possible. Mary completed an MSc in Western Herbal Medicine in 2006. She runs a variety of informal courses, walks and workshops in the Dorset area.

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Emma Louise Cowley on 13/10/2020

This book is wonderful as a companion book to be used alongside the Heartwood Foundation course in Herbal Medicine but would also be great as a stand-alone general introduction to Herbal Medicine.
It is easy to read with a wealth of information beginning with the origins of herbal medicine and covering topics such as plant science, the human body and food and nutrition.
It also contains 15 key plants used in herbal medicine, how they are used, recipes and case histories.
The book is well laid out and easy to follow with colour photographs, diagrams and drawings. Perfect for a student on the first steps to deeper study or just for someone who would like to develop their understanding of Western Herbal Medicine more. There are so many interesting concepts in the book about natural health and how to treat common conditions such as insomnia, IBS, menopause etc.
I thoroughly recommend this book. I completed the foundation course at Heartwood and the material in this book was the basis of the course. It is really thought provoking but also the authors, Anita and Mary, make it fun to read. They are wonderfully engaging as tutors and as authors and from starting with a curiosity and mild interest in herbal medicine but knowing practically nothing about it, I have now gone onto further training to become a professional medical herbalist, thanks to the enthusiasm, love and professional knowledge conveyed throughout this book. I hope it has the same effect on you.

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