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The popularity of herbal medicine has exploded during the past
decade, with herbal remedies becoming increasingly available in
such conventional outlets as drugstores and even supermarkets.
Prescription for Herbal Healing brings to herbal medicine the
same in-depth, easy-to-understand information and accessible
style that Prescription for Nutritional Healing successfully
brought to diet and nutritional supplements. This book is
divided into three parts for easy reference. Part I discusses
the basic principles of herbal medicine and outlines the
properties and characteristics of some one hundred sixty single
herbs and sixty herbal combination formulas. Part II describes
more than one hundred fifty common disorders, conveniently
arranged in alphabetical order from acne to yeast infection, and
names the herbal therapies that can be used in the treatment of
those conditions. Part III is a guide to using various kinds of
herbal and other alternative therapies. In addition, it includes
self-diagnostic tests and boxed insets throughout, which offer
detailed information on a wide variety of topics. Complete
coverage of Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs make this volume
entirely comprehensive, and thorough scientific references lend
it an authority not found in any other herbal book. Prescription
for Herbal Healing is the definitive herbal resource and is a
necessity for any health-conscious consumer. Preface Open
this herbal encyclopedia before you open your medicine cabinet.
This book may help with illnesses from colds and flu to chronic
fatigue to cancer. You can easily and quickly look up your
ailment or disorder, get a clear explanation of what may have
caused it, and find a list of herbal options to use in treating
that particular illness or condition. You will get
straightforward alternatives and establish when and if you
should call a health-care professional. Prescription for Herbal
Healing is a collection of herbal treatments that are reliable
and understood in scientific terms. It offers precise herbal
"prescriptions" that can be used to treat an array of health
conditions. It lists herbs and formulas that can amplify the
benefits of a healthy diet, nutritional supplementation, and
natural healing techniques. It presents clear information on the
compatibility of herbs with conventional medication in the
treatment of health conditions. It points out possibilities for
combining herbal healing with conventional treatment with
outcomes that neither can achieve alone for various conditions.
It's amazing how far we have come in natural healing, without
serious side effects. Herbal treatments are capable of healing
all kinds of disorders and all parts of the body. Many
countries, especially the European countries and China, are
ahead of the United States in using natural products such as
herbs, but even in North America, many doctors now blend the
best of conventional medicine with alternative healing and have
found powerful new treatments that work. Part One of this
book defines the principles and materials of herbal healing.
Then it lists over 200 of the plants used in traditional herbal
healing and the scientific evidence for their use in extending
health. It gives the most current scientific explanation of how
each herb has been used successfully for centuries as a healing
tool. It also provides current clinical information on the
herbal formulas of ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine,
Native American, and South American medicine most widely used
today, as well as several modern herbal formulas of great
healing potential. Although every herb and formula listed in
Part One has been employed by one or more of the great schools
of traditional herbal healing, no herb in Part One is employed
only by informal healers. In fact, all of the herbs and formulas
listed in this book are used in modern medical practice in
Europe, Egypt, Israel, or Japan. The herbs and formulas listed
in Part One are at least understood in chemical terms and can be
used with predictable results with modern medicine.
Interestingly, most conventional drugs were originally derived
from plant sources. The problem with this is that to make a
pharmaceutical drug, the component of the herb believed to be
responsible for its activity is extracted and concentrated. In
their whole form, herbs are buffered because they contain many
different components. Because of this, they are less likely to
cause side effects (which can sometimes be worse than the
original problem). People need to be educated about their
treatment options and the potential risks involved. Anything you
can do to help yourself, to empower yourself, helps to get rid
of the sense of hopelessness when disease strikes. It's never
too late to protect your health. There is no reason you should
not know about your body and how it works, even as doctors know
these things. Not every herb recommended in Part One has
been confirmed by the highest standards of research recommended
(if not always actually used) in conventional medicine. That is,
not every herb listed in this book has been confirmed as
effective by statistically controlled, randomized, double-blind,
clinical studies. But every herb and formula listed in this book
is known to be safe when used as prescribed and has a long
history of healing benefits, which makes for a brighter future
for all of humankind. Part Two of this book shows how these
herbs and formulas can be used to treat over 150 specific
conditions. This information is also based on scientific
studies. It is included for those who wish to provide themselves
with the widest range of possibilities for gaining health. This
section reveals how herbs correct disease processes. It
discusses the use of herbs with diet and nutritional
supplements. It also lists dozens of therapeutic practices for
which there is objective evidence. Herbs, nutrition, and
personally directed healing therapies are included to give the
reader even greater opportunity to take charge of his or her
health. Part Three provides information on making baths,
compresses, creams, lotions, ointments, and tinctures. This
information is included for those who are most comfortable using
herbs as a healing art, as a healing connection to the natural
world. This entire book has been written with an acute and
personal awareness of the frequently overwhelming cost of health
care. The most economical approach to regaining and maintaining
health is a combination of conventional medicine with
supplemental approaches. Except for minor conditions, the herbs
and formulas in this book are not chosen to replace conventional
medicine. Instead, they are intended to work with conventional
medicine, to help it work more quickly, effectively, painlessly,
and economically. Of course, for herbs to be useful with
conventional medicine, it is essential to pay attention to herb
safety. Only those herbs that are generally recognized as safe,
or that can be processed by known manufacturing practices into
safe forms, are included in this book. Special notes on safety
for administration to children and during pregnancy and nursing
are included where needed. Always read the precautions for each
herb before using it. And since the philosophy of this book is
that herbs can be used with a doctor's prescribed medication,
interactions of herbs and drugs are noted throughout the text.
I want to thank you for choosing to read this book. Its purpose
is to make the process of treating disease and returning to
health a little easier for you. May this book help you use the
best of herbal healing and, when needed, modern medicine to find
greater health than you have ever known before. —Reprinted
from Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch by
permission of Avery, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright ©
2002, Avery Books. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any
parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without
permission. Contents Acknowledgments, vi Preface,
vii How to Use This Book, ix Targeting Herbal Treatment,
x Part One: Understanding Herbal Healing Introduction,
2 Principles of Herbal Healing, 4 The Herbs, 12 The Formulas,
147 Part Two: Herbal Prescriptions for Common Health
Problems Acne, 177 Alcoholism, 178 Allergies, 180 Alzheimer's
Disease, 183 Anemia, 186 Angina, 187 Ankles, Swollen,
189 Anxiety Disorder, 190 Asthma, 192 Atherosclerosis,
195 Athlete's Foot, 197 Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), 198 Bed-Wetting,
200 Bell's Palsy, 201 Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH),
202 Bladder Cancer, 203 Bladder Infection (Cystitis),
205 Boil, 207 Bone Cancer, 208 Breast Cancer, 209 Bronchitis
and Pneumonia, 213 Bruising, 215 Burns, 215 Bursitis, 217
Cancer, 218 Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers), 226 Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome, 227 Cataracts, 229 Celiac Disease, 230 Cellulite,
231 Cervical Cancer, 232 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
234 Cirrhosis of the Liver, 236 Colic, 237 Colorectal Cancer,
238 Common Cold, 240 Congestive Heart Failure,
242 Constipation, 243 Cough, 245 Crohn's Disease, 247 Cuts,
Scrapes, and Abrasions, 249 Dandruff, 250 Depression,
251 Diabetes, 254 Diabetic Retinopathy, 257 Diaper Rash,
259 Diarrhea, 259 Dry Mouth, 261 Ear Infection, 262 Eczema,
264 Emphysema, 266 Endometrial Cancer, 267 Endometriosis,
268 Eye Problems, 270 Fibrocystic Breasts, 273 Fibroids,
Uterine (Uterine Myomas), 275 Fibromyalgia Syndrome, 276 Food
Poisoning, 277 Fracture, 279 Gallstones, 281 Gastritis,
282 Glaucoma, 283 Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, 285 Gout,
286 Hair Loss, 288 Halitosis (Bad Breath), 289 Hangover,
290 Headache, 291 Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction),
292 Heat Stress, 294 Hemorrhoids, 295 Hepatitis,
296 Herpesvirus Infection, 299 High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension), 301 High Cholesterol, 303 HIV/AIDS,
306 Hives, 310 Hodgkin's Disease, 311 Hyperthyroidism,
312 Hypothyroidism, 314 Impotence, 315 Indigestion,
316 Infertility, 319 Influenza, 321 Insect Bites,
323 Insomnia, 324 Intermittent Claudication, 326 Iron
Overload, 327 Irritable Bowel Syndrome, 327 Kidney Cancer
(Renal Cell Carcinoma), 329 Kidney Disease, 330 Kidney Stones,
332 Laryngitis, 333 Leukemia, 335 Liver Cancer, 336 Lung
Cancer, 338 Lupus, 340 Lyme Disease, 342 Lymphedema,
343 Macular Degeneration, 344 Mastitis, 345 Measles,
346 Memory Problems, 347 Ménière's Disease,
349 Menopause-Related Problems, 350 Menstrual Problems,
352 Migraine, 353 Mononucleosis, 355 Morning Sickness,
356 Motion Sickness, 357 Multiple Sclerosis, 358 Mumps,
359 Muscles, Sore, 360 Myasthenia Gravis, 361 Nails,
Infected, 362 Nausea, 363 Nosebleed, 364 Osteoarthritis,
365 Osteoporosis, 367 Ovarian Cancer, 369 Ovarian Cyst,
370 Overweight, 371 Pain, Chronic, 373 Parasitic Infection,
374 Parkinson's Disease, 377 Pelvic Inflammatory Disease,
378 Peptic Ulcer, 379 Periodontal Disease, 381 Premenstrual
Syndrome (PMS), 383 Prostate Cancer, 385 Prostatitis,
387 Psoriasis, 388 Restless Legs Syndrome, 390 Rheumatoid
Arthritis, 391 Ringworm, 393 Seizure Disorders, 394 Sex
Drive, Diminished, 395 Shin Splints, 397 Sinusitis, 398 Skin
Cancer, 399 Sprains and Strains, 402 Stomach Cancer,
402 Strep Throat, 403 Stress, 404 Stroke, 406 Sweating,
Excessive, 407 Syphilis, 408 Tendinitis, 409 Tinnitus
(Ringing in the Ears), 410 Toothache, 411 Tuberculosis,
412 Vaginosis, 413 Varicose Veins, 414 Vitiligo,
416 Vomiting, 417 Warts, 418 Wrinkles, 419 Yeast Infection
(Yeast Vaginitis), 420 Part Three: Techniques of Herbal
Healing Acupuncture, 424 Aromatherapy, 425 Bowel Retraining,
426 Compresses, 427 Douches, 427 Estrogen-Reducing Diet,
427 Foot Baths, 428 Hand Baths, 428 Kegel Exercises,
428 Massage, 429 Ointments, 429 Plasters, 430 Poultices,
430 Relaxation Techniques, 430 Sitz Baths, 433 Skin Washes,
433 Steam Inhalations, 433 Syrups, 433 Teas, 434 Tinctures,
434 References, 435 Appendices Appendix A: Glossary,
521 Appendix B: Resources, 527 Index, 537

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