New Book: Herbal Allies by Robert Rogers

The following quote comes from the Publisher’s page about this book:

Chronicling more than forty-five years of his intimate relationship with the plant world, Robert Rogers describes the journey that led him to become an herbalist and shares his deep knowledge of the twenty plants that form the soul of his medicine kit. Rogers weaves personal experience, observations, and knowledge from indigenous healers, and many years of expertise from his practice as a professional herbalist and clinical professor to present a unique and fascinating narrative that not only limns one man’s vital connection to plants but also provides invaluable information on effectively using plant medicine for the prevention and treatment of a variety of health conditions.

Organized in chapters according to the optimum harvest seasons as determined by the Cree lunar cycles, the twenty plants include familiar trees such as the aspen, birch, spruce, and poplar as well as lesser-known small plants such as Labrador tea, cow parsnip, and buffalo berry. Each plant is introduced and described, and its specific merits, qualities, and usages are presented through the author’s personal experiences, in traditional practices by indigenous cultures, modern commercial uses, the author’s professional clinical treatments, the medicinal constituents of each plant, homeopathic applications, and recipes using various parts of the plants. Detailed photos of each plant provide reliable identification. Rogers also conveys common names, tips for collection, and observations on the personality traits and spiritual properties of the plants. Poems, stories, and legends from different cultures round out portraits of the plants as living beings that speak to us in a language we need to learn.

Two Recent Books on American Health Care

Salt Reduction Questioned

We have not read or reviewed this book yet but hopefully it’s one we will get to. The traditional systems of health respected the role of salt in digestion and health and had a healthy balance with it.

Matthew Wood’s New Book The Earthwise Herbal Repertory

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I’m a bit late to announce this book that came out in November of 2016.  I own 6 of his 8 excellent books and while his approach is different than mine and from most of the herbalists I study (in that he utilizes homeopathy) it’s this very difference that I find valuable.

Internationally known herbalist Matthew Wood takes the guesswork out of the application of medicinal plants and provides an invaluable cross-reference of constitutional types, energetic categories, and specific symptoms that helps the herbalist narrow down the number of possible remedies for a specific condition. Unlike many reference books in which medicinal plants are defined simply by condition or disease name, this book contains tools to differentiate between remedies and analyze each case in a holistic fashion. While this system of cross-referencing is well known to homeopaths, it is less frequently used by herbalists; The Earthwise Herbal Repertory seeks to bridge the gap between different systems, incorporating knowledge from ancient Greek and traditional Native American medicine, nineteenth-century botanical medicine, homeopathy, and modern biomedical research. This definitive repertory proves useful for homeopaths and herbalists, professionals and home practitioners alike.

Herbalist Michael Tierra Reviews the Book “Eat Wheat”

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Michael Tierra provides a review of this book by an author we are not familiar with.  It sounds like the premise of the book is that weak digestion and improper diet result in an impaired ability to digest wheat and dairy and this can be addressed.  This author reportedly attempts to combine Ayurvedic approaches with modern research and clinical experience.

No More Sugar

I’m usually not a fan of extreme recommendations or all or nothing recommendations, but perhaps this message will serve the purpose of warning people about sugar:

As a reminder we have a forum thread about sugar.

What Our Ancestors Ate And Why It Matters Today

Todd Caldecott’s Food as Medicine is our favourite book on the subject of food but this new addition looks interesting:

 

Ayurveda and Acupuncture

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While Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda are unique systems, there are parallels and commonalities and they likely have shared roots.

Ayurvedic acupuncture is not nearly as well known as its Chinese counterpart.  Thus we are grateful for Dr. Frank Ros’s efforts to make it better known and map out the congruencies with traditional Chinese medicine.

Ayurvedic Acupuncture (also called Siravedhana by Sushruta) is based upon the Suchi Veda, a 3,000 year old Vedic text which, in the Ayurvedic system, is the Science of Acupuncture. It has been practiced as an accessory therapy since it was used in conjunction with other forms to effect healing. It belongs more correctly to the branch of surgery, one of the eight medical disciplines of Ayurveda.

More information can be found at the International Academy of Ayurvedic Acupuncture.

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Vitamin and Mineral Consumption

The following 2013 study,

Mensink G.B.M. et al. Mapping low intake of micronutrients across Europe. British Journal of Nutrition, October 2013

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23312136

Tested Europeans for 17 different basic micronutrients and found a significant number of deficits.

There are many reasons why people do not get adequate vitamin and mineral consumption, with industrial food production methods, poor food choices, and lack of organic foods being chief amongst them.

The seriousness of micronutrient deficiencies should not be underestimated.   One of the best books on this subject is by Paul Bergner:

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The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements

You can enjoy robust health without relying on a lowfat diet or bottles full of nutritional supplements. You don’t even have to give up meat. The secret lies in “The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements. From calcium and iron to the essential fatty acids and beyond, minerals are the hard-working dietary necessities that supply the body’s building materials, affect digestion, and perform other tasks crucial to health and fitness.Modern farming and food processing rob food of valuable nutrients. But respected nutritionist, herbalist, and researcher “Paul Bergner explains, item by item, how to restore 22 important minerals and other nutrients to your diet. You will learn how much of each you need and which foods can provide it. Find out just how easy and enjoyable good nutrition be!

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