Clinical Herbalism

Clinical Herbalism

Plant Wisdom from East and West

1st Edition - June 17, 2021

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  • Author: Rachel Lord
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323797030
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323721769

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The only textbook of its kind, Clinical Herbalism: Plant Wisdom from East and West is an ideal resource for anyone interested in herbal therapy. With comprehensive, clearly written coverage of Western and Chinese herbs for each body system, this brand-new text offers case histories, along with easy-to-understand instructions for preparing tinctures, percolations, dual extractions, and much more.

Key Features

  • Integration of Western and Chinese herbal therapeutics presents health challenges from an energetic context, making it especially useful for those with minimal Chinese Medicine training.
  • Complete coverage addresses a wide variety of topics, including theory, wildcrafting, apothecary, herbal remedy-making, client interaction, and creating and dispensing formulas.
  • Compendium of Western and Chinese herbs covers usages, contraindications, and herb-drug interactions with an emphasis on herbal safety.
  • Comparison of Western diseases and Chinese syndromes helps pinpoint which herbs and formulas best match a person’s health condition.
  • Case histories present specific therapeutic principles and suggested formulas on conditions commonly faced by herbalists.
  • Explicit instructions detail how to make salves, lotions, and syrups, plus tinctures, percolations, and dual extractions, including calculations, proportions, and worksheets.
  • Functional medicine principles address the root causes of common chronic Western diseases.

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Herbal Reviewers
  • Preface
  • The Call for More Clinical Herbalists
  • Intentions of the Text
  • The East-West Format
  • Overall Organization
  • How to Use This Text
  • Acknowledgments
  • Dedication
  • Part I: The Basics
  • 1. From the Heart
  • Your Stories
  • My Story
  • Herbalism Is Community
  • Herbalism Is a Spiritual Journey
  • Herbalists Are Stewards of the Earth
  • Herbalism Is a Good Excuse to Travel
  • A Few Words of Wisdom
  • 2. The History of Herbalism: A Short History of Medicine
  • Key Terms
  • Prehistory
  • Ancient Times
  • Western European Middle Ages
  • Renaissance and the Rise of Science
  • America
  • Merging into the Present
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 3. Philosophical Constructs of Herbology
  • Key Terms
  • Main Herbal Traditions
  • Vitalistic Versus Analytic Approaches to Herbalism and Medicine
  • Seven Steps of Healing
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 4. Taxonomy and Botany for Herbalists
  • Key Terms
  • Taxonomy and Carl Linnaeus, 1707–1778
  • The Linnaean Seven-Tiered System of Plant Classification
  • Naming Plants
  • Common Names
  • The Botanical Name, Based on the Binomial System
  • The Pharmaceutical Name
  • The Pinyin Name
  • Botany
  • Plant Families for Herbalists
  • Keying Out Plants
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 5. Wildcrafting, Preparation, Storage, and Purchasing
  • Key Terms
  • Out in the Wild
  • Harvesting
  • Preparing and Drying
  • Buying Herbs Commercially
  • Wildcrafter’s Information Sheet
  • Herb Walks, No Collecting
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 6. Types of Herbal Remedies
  • Key Terms
  • Types and Uses of Various Herbal Preparations
  • Infusions and Preparation Instructions
  • Decoctions and Preparation Instructions
  • Mouthwashes, Gargles, and Preparation
  • Steams, Smokes, Baths, and Preparation
  • Capsules and Suppositories
  • External Plasters, Poultices, Compresses, and Preparation
  • External Salves, Creams, and Lotions Differentiated
  • Tinctures
  • Types of Menstruum Used as Tincture Solvents
  • Essential Oils
  • Syrups
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 7. Preparation of Tinctures, Infused Oils, Salves, Lotions, Creams, and Syrups
  • Key Terms
  • Apothecary Equipment
  • Tincture Preparation: Folk and Weight-to-Volume
  • Percolation Preparation
  • Dual Extraction Preparation
  • Glycerite Preparation
  • Worksheets for Internal Preparations
  • Preparing Infused Oils: Solar, Double Boiler, Accelerated Blender
  • Preparing a Salve
  • Preparing Lotions and Creams
  • Making Syrups
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 8. Chemical Constituents For Herbalists
  • Key Terms
  • Plant Chemistry Overview
  • Synergy
  • Definitions
  • Phytochemistry
  • Carbohydrates
  • Amino Acids
  • Lipids
  • Phenolic Compounds or Polyphenols
  • Terpenoids or Terpenes
  • Alkaloids
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 9. The Basics of Chinese Medicine
  • Key Terms
  • The Five Main Branches of Chinese Medicine
  • The Principle of Yin and Yang
  • The Fundamental Substances: Qi, Blood, Jing, Shen, and Fluids
  • The Five Element Theory
  • The Five Yin Organs and Their Yang Partners
  • The Six External Pernicious Influences
  • Assessment: Tongue and Pulse
  • The Eight Principle Patterns of Assessment: Cold-Heat, Deficiency-Excess, Interior-Exterior, and Yin-Yang
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 10. Energetics Related to Western Herbology
  • Key Terms
  • Energetics in Western Herbalism
  • The Three Primary Qualities: Taste, Warmth, Moisture
  • The Six Secondary Energetic Qualities: Stimulate-Sedate, Restore-Relax, Moisten-Decongest
  • Tissue-Level Qualities or Descriptions: Astringing, Eliminating, Solidifying, Dissolving, Thickening, Diluting
  • An Experiment in Energetics: Organoleptic Evaluations
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • Part II: Materia Medica
  • 11. Basic Materia Medica
  • Key Terms
  • Considerations for Choosing a Materia Medica
  • Monographs
  • Summary
  • Monographs
  • Review
  • References
  • 12. Materia Medica Groupings
  • Key Terms
  • Sorting Out the Laundry List
  • Calming Herbs for the Nervous System
  • Demulcents or Yin Tonics
  • Common Adaptogens
  • Alterative Herbs that Help Detoxification
  • Expectorants, Bronchodilators, Antitussives
  • Women’s Allies
  • Infections and Toxicosis
  • Summary
  • Monographs
  • Review
  • References
  • Part III: The Herbalist in Action
  • 13. Herbal Safety
  • Key Terms
  • General Considerations Regarding the Safety of Herbs
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Herbal Constituents That Can Help or Harm
  • Herbal Actions Can Be Therapeutic or Harmful
  • Adverse Herb and Drug Interactions
  • Cytochrome P450 Enzyme System and Herb–Drug Interactions
  • Pregnancy and Lactation Guidelines
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 14. Formulating, Dispensing, and Dosing
  • Key Terms
  • Herbal Formulation
  • Dispensing
  • Dosage
  • Conversions
  • Abbreviations
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 15. History, Assessment, and Documentation
  • Key Terms
  • Intake: Principles to Use for a Health History
  • Taking a Health History
  • The Physical Assessment
  • Herbalist’s Assessment Form
  • Herbal Consult Suggestion Form
  • Keeping Records
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • Part IV: Case Histories: Therapeutics and Formulations
  • 16. Maintaining the Body in Health
  • Key Terms
  • Optimum Health
  • The Microbiome
  • Inflammation: The Good and the Bad
  • Oxidative Stress
  • General Food Guidelines to Maintain Health
  • A Healthy Immune System
  • Materia Medica to Maintain Health
  • Common Conditions to Maintain the Body in Health
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 17. Infection and Toxicosis
  • Key Terms
  • Infection and Toxicosis
  • Bacteria and Materia Medica
  • Biofilms and Materia Medica
  • Viruses and Materia Medica
  • Therapeutic Principles for Treating Bacteria, Viruses, and Biofilm Infections with Case Histories
  • Parasites and Materia Medica
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective on Infections with Major Syndromes
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 18. The Gastrointestinal System
  • Key Terms
  • The Many Aspects of Gut Functions
  • Chakras
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: The Gut with Major Syndromes
  • Good Gut Health
  • Digestive System Materia Medica
  • Common GI Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 19. The Hepato-Biliary System
  • Key Terms
  • A Liver’s Work Is Never Done
  • Liver Detoxification, the Gut, and Liver Health
  • Cytochrome P450 Enzyme Detoxification System
  • Heavy Metal Detoxification
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: Liver and Gallbladder with Major Syndromes
  • Hepato-Biliary System Materia Medica
  • Common Hepato-Biliary Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 20. The Respiratory System
  • Key Terms
  • Methods to Keep Breathing Up to Par
  • The Fifth Chakra, Speaking Your Truth
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: The Lungs and Major Syndromes
  • Respiratory Materia Medica
  • About Coughs
  • About Permanent Prevention of Seasonal Allergies
  • Common Respiratory Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 21. Pediatrics
  • Key Terms
  • Confidence for Everybody Is Key
  • How Children’s Bodies Differ From Those of Adults
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective on Children
  • About Children’s Herbs and Childhood Infections
  • Respiratory, Eye, and Ear Materia Medica
  • Common Conditions for Respiratory, Eye, and Ear Problems
  • Digestive Materia Medica
  • Common Digestive System Conditions
  • Nervous System Materia Medica
  • Common Nervous System Conditions
  • Skin Materia Medica
  • Common Skin Conditions
  • Safety with Children’s Herbs
  • Ballpark Children’s Dosages for Mild Herbs
  • Routes of Administration for Infants and Children
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 22. The Cardiovascular System
  • Key Terms
  • Maintaining Cardiovascular Health
  • The Heart Chakra, Unconditional Love
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: The Heart and Major Syndromes
  • Cardiac Materia Medica
  • Common Cardiovascular Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 23. The Neurological System
  • Key Terms
  • The Mind-Body Connection
  • The Sixth Chakra, the Intuitive
  • The Gut-Brain Axis and Leaky Brain
  • Maintaining a Healthy Brain and Nervous System
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: The Nervous System and Major Syndromes
  • Nervous System Materia Medica
  • Common Neurological Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 24. The Muscular-Skeletal System
  • Key Terms
  • Overview of the Muscular-Skeletal System
  • Pain, Inflammation, and Analgesia
  • Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System
  • The Overrated Alkaline Diet pH Test
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: The Muscular-Skeletal System and Major Syndromes
  • Muscular-Skeletal Materia Medica
  • Muscular-Skeletal Herbs Worth Honorable Mention
  • Muscular-Skeletal Restoratives
  • Common Muscular-Skeletal Conditions
  • Rheumatology versus Arthritis
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 25. The Integumentary System
  • Key Terms
  • Overview of the Skin
  • Skin Health and Care
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: the Skin and Major Syndromes
  • Skin Materia Medica
  • Considerations for Treating the Skin
  • Common Skin Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 26. The Urinary System
  • Key Terms
  • Overview of the Urinary System
  • Maintaining Healthy Kidneys
  • Urine Assessment
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: The Kidneys and Major Lin Syndromes
  • Urinary Materia Medica
  • Common Urinary Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 27. The Endocrine System
  • Key Terms
  • Overview of the Endocrine System
  • The Adrenals and Stress
  • The Thyroid
  • Keeping the Thyroid and Adrenals Healthy
  • The Pancreas
  • The Endocrine Chakras
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: The Endocrine System and Major Syndromes
  • Endocrine Materia Medica
  • Common Endocrine Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 28. The Reproductive System
  • Key Terms
  • The Second Chakra, Partnerships
  • Maintaining Reproductive Health in Women and Men
  • The Sacred Moon Cycle
  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Bioidentical Hormones
  • Prolactin
  • Testosterone and Male Hormone Facts
  • Chinese Medicine Perspective: Reproduction and Major Syndromes
  • Reproductive Materia Medica
  • Common Reproductive Conditions
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • Part V: Getting Out There
  • 29. Herbal Legalities
  • Key Terms
  • Historical Aspects of Herbalism in the United States
  • State of Herbalism Around the World
  • Herbal Timeline
  • Summary
  • Review
  • References
  • 30. Business Thoughts for a Modern Herbalist
  • Key Terms
  • Worldwide Popularity of Herbalism and Other Holistic Modalities
  • The Legal Status of Herbalists in the United States
  • Legal Obligations for Making and Selling Herbal Products
  • Important Herbal Organizations
  • Seed Banks and Maintaining Biodiversity
  • What Herbalists Do
  • Photo Gallery of Herbalists in Action
  • Summary
  • Chapter Review
  • References
  • Appendix A. Essential Information
  • Conversions Frequently Used by Herbalists
  • Medical Abbreviations
  • Average Doses for Adults
  • Average Doses for Children
  • Clinic Forms to Copy and Use
  • Lab Sheets to Copy and Use
  • Appendix B. Answers to Chapter Review Questions, Fill in the Blanks
  • Part I: The Basics
  • Part II: Materia Medica
  • Part III: The Herbalist in Action
  • Part IV: Case Histories, Therapeutics and Formulations
  • Part V: Getting Out There
  • Glossary
  • Cross Index: Herbs by Botanical Name
  • Cross Index: Herbs by Common Name
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 576
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: June 17, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323797030
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323721769

About the Author

Rachel Lord

Rachel Lord, Registered Nurse and Master Clinical Herbalist, has been practicing and teaching basic and advanced herbalism for thirty-five years. She created and ran a Colorado state approved herbal program. Her experience developing curriculum for her school prompted her to write this text - the one she wished she had had all along. The book covers everything an herbalist needs to know and fills in the gaps and holes for beginners, self-taught herbalists, and experienced clinicians alike. It is the perfect textbook for any herb program, complete with an online manual for educators. Rachel loves to gather, check out and commune with the wild medicine growing in her local Colorado Rocky Mountains and believes we have been gifted with an important bounty of plant medicine that we must nurture and protect.

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