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This book is intended to be a users’ manual, not a reference book, and so has charts, diagrams, tables and cross-references to enable the interested practitioner to incorporate the Western Herbal Tradition into their practice. It synthesises and elaborates on all the extant information on the Western Healing Tradition as recorded by William Lilly and Nicholas Culpeper in the 17Cth 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 work is so organised that the humoral system can be used without astrology, should that be the preference. 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.
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
Elisabeth Brooke qualified as a Medical Herbalist with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1980. She has a private practice in London and teaches and lectures worldwide. She teaches workshops all over the world, teaching subjects such as herbalism and astrology. She is a guest tutor at Heartwood School of Herbal Medicine and has also tutored in Medical Astrology for the Company and produced articles for their Magazine. Elisabeth has a BA (Hons,) in Classical Studies and is studying for a MA, looking a Greek creation myths.
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