The book is written by Matthew Wood and is a practical guide for the use of over 40 herbs as medicines. The Book of Herbal Wisdom gives the reader a catalog of medicinal plants, explains how to approach health problems, diagnose and how to use the herbs successfully to treat illness. The author also includes case histories and his experiences using the herbs including patient’s reactions so you know what to expect.
The author, attempts to introduce the reader to the intelligence of nature and the reality that the body is a living spirit because it is the true foundation to natural healing knowledge. He also feels it is necessary to understand how plants work from the perspective of nature and not the perspective imposed on nature by humans as he feels conventional medicine does.
The book explains the importance of treating the root cause of disease not just treating the symptoms by healing holistically. It provides a deeper understanding of how herbs heal and touches the spiritual aspects which is beyond the modern scientific scope of understanding today. It discusses the method of determining the plant of choice for any given illness through patterns that are present both in the illness and the plant through the law of similarities.
The author feels that conventional medicine is threatened by the belief in the healing power of herbs though most all synthetic pharmaceuticals are derived from plants. The difference being science and pathology fails to recognize the body as a whole and discounts the spiritual being with a soul, imagination and intuition. Today’s doctors use individual plant components creating unnecessary side effects to fight viruses and bacteria instead of using the whole plant and its synergistic benefits to correct the imbalance that allowed the disease to thrive in the first place.
Although I found the book lacking color pictures to help with plant identification, it does include how to identify which plant to use, how and when to harvest as well as how to prepare it and administer it effectively. This book would be a great addition to survival preparation or emergency first aid kit.
In my opinion a down side to this book was the magical information included. Although I found the information interesting I found it more like superstition. I believe the “magic” of herbs is the bio-dynamic components of the plant itself not magic or superstition.
This book was purchased with my own funds and the opinions herein are strictly my own. If anyone has a favorite book on the use of herbs as medicine we would love to hear about it. It is a subject that interests many of us in the Natural Living lifestyle.
Herbal Wisdom : Using Plants as Medicines