Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices Of Herbal Medicine|
by David Hoffmann (Author)
Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical
Council, editor of HerbalGram, and senior editor of The Complete German
Commission E Monographs--Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines and The ABC
Clinical Guide to Herbs
David Hoffmann has produced an herbal reference masterpiece. This is one of the
most comprehensive and detailed reference books to be produced in many years and
will become one of the standard texts for professionals and researchers. I will
place it next to my desk with my most often-used books.
Kathi Keville, director of the American Herb Association
Hoffmann beautifully blends science with his very holistic approach to herbal
healing, displaying a true gift for making chemistry and physiology easy to
understand. He not only suggests herbs and dietary changes to treat many
conditions but explains why they work. Such knowledge aids both practitioner and
herb user in understanding how they can choose the most effective and safe
herbs. I applaud this as an important book for herbalism in the modern world.
Rosemary Gladstar, president of United Plant Savers and author of Rosemary
Gladstars Family Herbal
I consider David Hoffmann one of the most original and brilliant herbalists of
our time, who dwells 'on the cutting edge' of thought and is often paving the
way for others. The author of one of our finest herbal classics, The Complete
Illustrated Holistic Herbal, Davids ambitious undertaking of his brilliant new
book provides us with yet another exceptional textbook on herbs that merges art,
science, and conservation into a system of holistic herbalism for the future.
This will be a valuable book for practitioners of herbal medicine as well as for
other medical professionals.
The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2004, Vol 24 Issue 3 : "A well-written
compendium of herbal medicine that cannot be found elsewhere in a single book."
Share Guide, May/June 2004, Issue 73 : "Contains comprehensive information
concerning the identification and use of medicinal plants both by chemical
structure and physiological effect."
Katherine Duff, Townsend Letter, Aug/Sept 2004 : "Medical Herbalism is an
endeavor that will likely become a staple as an educational tool and
indispensable reference for many."
American Herb Association, Vol. 20:2 : ". . . Hoffman displays a true gift for
making chemistry and physiology easy to understand."
David Winston, AHG, dean of the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine
and chair of the Admissions Review Committee for the American Herbalist Guild :
David Hoffmann has outdone himself. This text provides a depth of knowledge that
is truly needed by the herbalist, the physician, and the pharmacist in order to
understand how to use herbal medicine safely and effectively. Also an excellent
resource to educate patients about the many herbal remedies possible.
Roy Upton, herbalist and executive director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
: Medical Herbalism provides a clinically oriented, systematic approach to
Western herbal medicine missing from most texts. A great contribution to the
Creations Magazine, Oct-Nov 2005 : "For all students and practitioners of
herbalism, this complete hanbook details the chemistry of herbs and presents
in-depth discussions of specific ailments and treatments."
Leah Samul, Pan Gaia, Jan-Mar 2006 : "For mid-level to advanced herbal students,
or for any professional health care practitioner, this book represents an
outstanding contribution. Kudos to both author David Hoffman and to Healing Arts
Press for giving us this amazing volume."
Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies, Sept 2007
: "This is simply the most comprehensive reference work on holistic herbalism
from a clinical perspective in existence. . . . This well-researched, incredibly
knowledgeable textbook could be said to usher in a new, critical phase in the
development of herbalism."
A foundational textbook on the scientific principles of therapeutic herbalism
and their application in medicine
A complete handbook for the medical practitioner
Includes the most up-to-date information on preparations, dosage, and
By the author of The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal
Medical Herbalism contains comprehensive information concerning the
identification and use of medicinal plants by chemical structure and
physiological effect, the art and science of making herbal medicine, the
limitations and potential of viewing herbs chemically, and the challenge to
current research paradigms posed by complex plant medicines. It also includes
information on toxicology and contraindications, the issues involved in
determining dosage and formulation types for an individual, guides to the
different measurement systems and conversion tables, and the pros and cons of
both industrial and traditional techniques.
With additional sections devoted to the principles of green medicine, the
history of Western Herbalism, the variety of other medical modalities using
medicinal plants, an extensive resource directory, and a discussion of
treatments organized by body system, Medical Herbalism is the comprehensive
textbook all students and practitioners of clinical herbalism need to develop
their healing practices.
Hardcover: 672 pages
Publisher: Healing Arts Press (October 24, 2003)