Well-respected herbalist David Hoffmann's comprehensive and practical guide to herbal medicine.
• Discusses the history and modern practice of herbalism, including
Chinese, Native American, and Welsh influences.
• Includes a practical reference section listing the effects of
various herbs, with prescriptions on how to use them for a wide
range of illnesses.
• Covers the fundamentals of growing, drying, storing, and cooking
• Over 45,000 copies of previous edition sold.
This compendium of medical herbalism by one of the most eminent
herbalists practicing today is both comprehensive and practical.
Answering basic as well as complicated questions about herbal
medicine, it provides both the novice and the experienced
practitioner with a reliable framework in which to develop their
A discussion of the history and modern practice of herbalism,
encompassing the influences of Welsh, Chinese, and Native American
herbal medicine is followed by a practical reference section that
lists the various actions herbs have on the body (carminative,
anti-inflammatory, etc.), with examples of herbs and their mode of
activity in each category. Herbal prescriptions for various
illnesses are also organized under the main systems of the body so
that information can be quickly and easily referenced. A final
section covers the fundamentals of growing, drying storing and
cooking with herbs, as well as the making of infusions, decoctions,
oils, and ointments. The author also provides helpful introductions
to aromatherapy and plant medicines.