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The Healing Power of Plants

Jim Duke, America's elder statesman of herbs and spices, is a dedicated and strong-willed scientist whose advocacy of natural healing methods has never diminished. Born in Birmingham, Alabama in...

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A Field Guide to Stress

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Kenneth R. Pelletier Ph.D. about explains how a prolonged biological stress pattern leads to disease. He details how to break this pattern with various stress management...

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Self-Care In a Mexican Village

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews David Werner about the self-care network run by the farm people among the villages in western Mexico. These people with no formal medical training have learned how to...

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Natural Health, Natural Medicine

Daniel Redwood, D.C. interviews Andrew Weil, M.D. about his views on integrating natural medicine into conventional healthcare settings and the need to reform medical school curriculum, medical...

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Herbal Materia Medica

Manifesto for a New Medicine

Daniel Redwood, D.C. interviews James Gordon, M.D. about the dramatic advances in public acceptance of alternative medicine in the past decade and how he first became involved with alternatives. Dr. Gordon offers inspiring stories of healing from...

Betonica officinalis

Wood Betony

Betonica officinalis Labiatae Names: Bishopswort, Betony, Stachys betonica. Habitat: Europe including Britain, in open woods, hedge banks, grasslands and heaths. Collection: The aerial parts should be dried carefully in the sun. Part Used: Dried...

Artemisia absinthum

Wormwood

Artemisia absinthum Compositae Habitat: Native to Europe, N. Africa and Western Asia, cultivated in the USA and elsewhere. Collection: The leaves and flowering tops are gathered at the end of the flowering period between July and September. Part...

Achillea millefolium

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium Compositae Names: Milfoil Habitat: Native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America, found intemperate zones. Collection: The whole of the plant above ground should be gathered when in flower between June and September. Part...

Yellow Dock

Rumex crispus Polygonaceae Names: Curled or Curly Dock. Habitat: A common European weed. Collection: The roots should be unearthed in late summer and autumn, between August and October. Clean well and split length ways before drying. Part Used: Root...

Euonymus atropurpureus

Wahoo

Euonymus atropurpureus Part Used: Root bark. Constituents: Cardenolides based on digitoxigenin Alkaloids such as asparagine & atropurpurine Sterols; euonysterol, atropurpurol, homoeuonysterol Actions: Cholagogue, hepatic, laxative, diuretic...

Fluoride

Though fluorine as fluoride has been shown to reduce dental cavities when added to toothpaste or drinking water, there is still some question as to whether