Plant Medicine in Practice: Using the Teachings of John Bastyr Hardcover – Mar 14 2003
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Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG) HerbalGram Issue 65, 2005
"The features of this book include its collection of interesting facts and the handling of many obscure and potentially toxic herbs, practically ignored in all other botanical literature. The strong empirical nature of the book is refreshing amidst the too-often absurdly reductionist and hypocritical demand for evidence-based medicine. There is a wide range of herbs covered, which is a creative and insightful approach that opens our eyes to new potential in the plant and fungal kingdoms, to further the health of our patients."
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William Mitchell, Naturopathic Physician, Seattle, WA
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Plant Medicine may not be an "A-to-Z" comprehensive guide to herbal medicine. It may not cover everything with the detachment and impartiality that people expect from a book of this sort these days. What Plant Medicine is, is a conversation with a knowledgeable, experienced, thoughtful, and erudite physician, sharing what he feels is of value, sharing a few decades worth of experience, and having the integrity to say "I don't know" when he doesn't know!
I would certainly not recommend Plant Medicine to anyone as their first herb book, or their second. Or their third. But it will refine and distill existing herb knowledge in a practitioner who is already at least somewhat experienced with the plants.
And, I must add, Mitchell's description of how to use "Placebo" as an adaptogen is one of the most insightful, simple, subtle, and *ethical* pieces of writing on medicine I have ever encountered.
Much better choices on the subject are "Herbal Medicine" by Weiss and Fintelmann or Schulz, et al. "Rational Phytotherapy"
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