The Humoral Herbal

A Practical Guide to the Western Energetic System of Health, Lifestyle and Herbs

By (author) Stephen Taylor

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Book Details

  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : July 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 456
  • Size : 174mm(w) x 246mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 93719
  • ISBN 13 : 9781912807109
  • ISBN 10 : 1912807106
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Synopsis

A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide to understanding the humours of the body and balancing them with plant medicine.

This in-depth textbook explores the traditional art of restoring health by balancing the four humours of the body and explains how this healing wisdom can be used for our benefit today, complete 

The Humoral Herbal describes with clarity the key concepts of western humoral medicine, and how to diagnose imbalances in the humours.

In accessible narrative, aided by colour charts and photographs, Stephen Taylor details how to correct these imbalances through the use of herbs and changes in diet and lifestyle.

The book also explores Medieval astrological symbolism, and through the use of clear charts and diagrams, explains how the different humours function and influence health.

A comprehensive and practical herbal guide details the humoral and planetary characteristics of each herb and how to choose the correct remedy.

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About the author

By (author) Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor has over 25 years experience practicing as a western trained Herbalist, giving him the opportunity to explore the application of ancient European and medieval healing traditions in a modern context. As well as studying the foundations of these ancient medical traditions, he has studied both Eastern and African healing traditions and has been initiated as traditional healer and diviner in Africa. He runs a successful herbal medicine practice in Sussex where he continues to treat patients, teach, undertake research, and grow herbs to produce herbal medicines.

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Dr Graeme Tobyn PhD FHEA, Senior lecturer, School of Community Health & Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire on 29/04/2021

Stephen Taylor has successfully reshaped the legacy of Culpeper and others into both a practical and accessible contemporary manual and a traditional medicine exemplar for those familiar with plant healing to compare approaches. Half the book comprises herbal monographs and a formulary largely composed of native plants, the other supplies the humoral theory, a head-and-heart practice of Western Herbal Medicine and the stories of those healing herbs, supported by case vignettes and recommended mixtures. Wearing his learning lightly, Stephen deftly integrates pulse and tongue diagnosis into traditional herbal knowledge and connects to astrological symbolism, plant spirit medicine and dream interpretation.


Dylan Warren-Davis, medical herbalist, author of The Hand Reveals on 29/04/2021

This is an excellent herbal and is invaluable for students of the Western herbal tradition. Stephen has taken the principles of elemental and humoral physiology and expanded and d them for the 21st century. Drawing from the wisdom in Nicholas Culpeper's writings and translations, he has presented the knowledge in an accessible and contemporary way. It also contains chapters on pulse and tongue diagnosis - important topics that are often neglected in other herbal works.


John Michael Greer, Past Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America on 27/04/2021

Stephen Taylor's The Humoral Herbal is a first-rate practical introduction to the humours as a guide to herbal healing. Not to be missed!


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