Traditional Western Herbal Medicine

As Above So Below

By (author) Elisabeth Brooke

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Book Details

  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : February 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 340
  • Size : 152mm(w) x 229mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 93246
  • ISBN 13 : 9781911597209
  • ISBN 10 : 1911597205
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A users manual to guide the interested practitioner through incorporating Western Herbal Tradition into their practice.

Complete with charts, diagrams, tables and cross-references, Traditional Western Herbal Medicine synthesises and elaborates on all the extant information on the Western Healing Tradition as recorded by William Lilly and Nicholas Culpeper in the 17th century and from the author's own herbal practice.

It shows how using planetary energies and the wheel of the year deepens our understanding of the action of medicinal plants on the body and establishes the practitioner within their environment, allowing them to use planetary energies to determine the peak times to harvest and use herbal remedies and to locate health and sickness within the holistic paradigm of Western Traditional Herbal Medicine.

For ease of use, the book is divided into two sections. The first details the philosophical framework within which traditional western herbalists can operate; looking at the four humours, and seven planets and the use of the diagnostic tool of the decumbiture chart.

The second part covers the practical application of the philosophy, how to collect, make and administer herbal remedies according to the planetary days and hours and the decumbiture chart.

Examples of decumbiture charts will be included to show how the philosophy is used in practice. Lastly, a materia medica of common herbs is included.

The work is so organised that the humoral system can be used without astrology, should that be the preference.

This fascinating new title by the best-selling Elisabeth Brooke will be of interest to anyone involved in the theory or practice of herbal medicine, particularly those who have been inspired by her other classic works including A Woman's Book of Herbs and Herbal Therapy for Women.


About the author

By (author) Elisabeth Brooke

Elisabeth Brooke qualified as a Medical Herbalist with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1980 and as a counsellor at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in 1989. She has an online private practice in both disciplines and teaches and lectures worldwide. Elisabeth also has a degree in Classical Studies and was a tutor at the Company of Astrologers London. Her website is

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Ana Isabel on 10/07/2023

It is with great pleasure that I am writing a review for this book. I simply love it. Every chapter is packed with information. Firstly there is a brilliant overview of the history of herbalism in the UK. This is followed by a wonderful section outlining the various planets' characteristics from a Medical point of view and how they affect the body. I especially love the section on various herbs outlining the planets that they are linked with, and the variety of ways in which they are used medicinally and in ritual. Finally, equally wonderfully there is a section on Decumbiture which is simple to follow and very helpful to those interested in studying this fascinating branch of Astrology.

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