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School of Natural Healing [Hardcover]

John R. Christopher
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September 1976 1879436019 978-1879436015
Christopher Publications is proud to offer this 25th Anniversary Edition of School of Natural Healing. Over the years, beginners and herbal practiioners have trusted School of Natural Healing to provide expert instruction on herbal therapy. The worldwide distribution and use of Dr. Christopher's formulas confirms the success and safety of his methods. If you have ever used an herbal combination, it was most likely one of Dr. Christophers's. This text combines his methods and famous formulas in an easy-to-use volume for personal and classroom study. Expanded and revised, we present this work, assured that it will enhance your efforts in natural healing.

This edition offers:

In depth study of over 110 including:
Latin and Common Names
Botanical Descriptions
Medicinal Usage and Therapeutic Action
Preparation, Dosage, and Administration
Multiple Formulations for Each Herb
Case Histories
Horticulture and Storage Information

Other features include:
Symptoms, Causes, and Natural Treatment for Over 80 Disease Conditions
Nutrition and Recipes for Vitality
Internal Cleansing and Purification
Therapeutics for Over 1000 Herbs

Simplified and comprehensive index listing:
Latin and Common Names
All Herbal Formulas
Health Conditions, Etc.

Features new to this edition include:
Recipes for All of Dr. Christopher's Formulas
A Bography of Dr. Christopher from An Herbal Legacy of Courage
Quick-To Find Herb and Medicinal Action Heading on Each Page


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5.0 out of 5 stars Natural healing Dec 15 2013
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A amazing classic . What a wonderful textbook !!! I'm learning each time I read it . It takes a lifetime to master everything there is in this book .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Herbalist April 5 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book should be in everybody's home! If you are interested in herbs, then this book is a must for your herbal library. This is a classic reference volume, and covers everything from herbs to Dr. Christopher's cleansing routines and the mucusless diet. Plus, it has the parts for most of his formulas. This book is a definite must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This will be the only book about herbs that you need April 22 2000
By M. Boothe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
No stone left unturned in this book! This man has a thorough and accurate understanding of herbs and their uses. He was a Master Herbalist and I have many books on this subject...this one, however, is the 20th anniversary, expanded version issue and is the Bible of them all. I promise you, even if you're traveling, you will want to keep it with you. His personal life story is a miracle to me, he was an abandoned child found by some loving people in an orphanage when he was a young boy. And what a contribution to humanity this man has made! It's the best book that exist about the use of herbs. Also, helps you to identify plants and tells you what parts to use. I love his work, it's written for all the right reasons, he had been critically ill in his youth and his work sprung from those hardships. It is inspired!
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowzers - a must own for any aspiring herbalist July 24 2006
By Erin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Dr. Christopher was an amazing pioneer in herbal medicine. The thick, lengthy book will never leave the wondering mind hungry, delving deeply into a variety of herbs with insightful personal usage, history, and formulas. The book begins with paragraphs under different conditions, but the heart of the book is the herbal details, where Christopher clearly expresses his love, admiration, and faith in natural medicine. He cites other herbalists such as Thomson and Shook, following in the same vein of thought as Eclectics before him, stretching it even further with personal opinions and sage advise. While some of the output is slightly dated, most of it is not, still stands as true today, and will always be invaluable information.

If you're ever seeking a reference guide for herbs, this is surely the one, as Christopher goes as far as to describe in a detailed, eye-catching way the habitat, full description from leaf to odor to flower to taste to stem, to properties, dose, preparation, therapeutic action, oral/anal/skin administration of all. So many herbs are covered in such rich detail it's impossible not to use this as a guide when learning a new herb. As many Eclectics were, Christopher was a big fan of the herb Lobelia, devoting here an entire chapter on it alone. However, the old "puke your brains out" use is now considered unsafe and outdated, but some of the herbs recommendations still stand strong today.

After the massive herbal index is read, there's a marvelous chapter on collecting herbs, preparing them in a huge amount of way, from tinctures to compounds to cerates to suppositories to pills to capsules to washes and baths, and much more.

Formulas are here in every chapter, from older ones passed down from other great herbalists to lesser knowns, from Christopher himself and what he used in his personal practice, and from general herbal combinations that go under each herb in its own section. He wraps up the book with two great glossaries, and a chapter exclusively discussing his 'mucusless diet', an eating regimen still followed actively to this day. Of course the preceeding chapter brings up the regenerative diet, dietary recommendations on certain food substances, proper ways of living besides herbal therapy, and some deliciously appealing culinary recipes to whip up in the kitchen for a healthful treat.

Out of the dozens of herbal books I own, this is one of those I turn to the most, for the knowledge in here is thrilling, and the knowledge almost overwhelming since it covers so much. Well worth the price, Dr. Christopher's name is a household one among herbalists for a good reason.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every herbalist should have this book on their bookshelves!! March 17 2002
By Christina Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
All of my teachers and mentors, from Rosemary Gladstar to Michael Tierra have all touted Dr. Christopher and this book! We even have it at the natural products cooperative where I work in our library. It really brings home herbal medicine and formulation. If you have ever used the Dr. John R. Christopher formulas that are available in health food stores, you know how good they are. All of the formulas are contained within this book and many more that are certain to find use in every home interested in empowering themselves through herbal healing.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars if possible, A Definate A+++ Jan. 21 2007
By Jamie Clegg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Head and shoulders above the rest. Time wouldn't allow how highly I prize this book. Gives definitions of therapeutic terms(which is a life saver for a person new to herbs and herbal medicine) also gives information on combining herbs for best results. The 25th edition would be the only one I would by as it is updated for measurements, as well as having complete formulations for every one of Christophers' remedies. As someone new to Herbs, I was able to pick up information useable to me right away and apply it.The book includes excellent cross references for Latin and common names for herbs, as well as copious names used for each herb in case your vernacular calls the plant by a different name (also includes international names). Contains Recipes for a mucusless diet, three day cleansing program and lots of real case scenarios.

BEWARE!!! This book can get addictive! You will start looking up remedies for everyone around you and spouting solutions to ailments of those you talk with!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide for families or professionals Jan. 7 2008
By K. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have had this book for the last 10 years, and I find it indispensable for diagnosis and treatment. My daughter has diabetes, and has improved greatly when she has followed Dr. Christopher's diet and herbal formulae. You will not be disappointed.

One caveat is that the index can be a little confusing. Sometimes browsing is the best way to glean information.
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