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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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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...

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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

Of Love, Death, And The Medical Cold War

In "Of Love, Death, And The Medical Cold War" Daniel Redwood, D.C. interviews A. Robert Smith about his late wife Jane’s final illness as an example of the adversarial relations and lack of coordination between the alternative and conventional...

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...

Populus tremuloides

White Poplar

Populus tremuloides Salicaceae Names: Quaking Aspen, American Poplar. Habitat: N. American. Collection: The bark should be collected in the spring, taking care notto ring-bark the tree and thus kill it. Part Used: The bark. Constituents: * Phenolic...

Thuja occidentalis

Western Hemlock

Thuja occidentalis Cupressaceae Names: Thuja Collection: The twigs of this evergreen conifer can be gathered all year round, but are best during the summer. Part Used: Young twigs Constituents: l% Volatile oil including thujone; flavonoid glycoside;...

Daucus carrota

Wild Carrot

Daucus carrota Umbelliferae Names: Queen Anne’s Lace, Bird’s Nest Weed, Devil’s Plague (!) Habitat: Europe, Asia, North America and N. Africa. Collection: The aerial parts of the herb should be collected betweenJune and August when...

Wild Cherry Bark

Prunus serotina Rosaceae Names: Virginia Prune Bark. Habitat: Widely distributed throughout Canada and the USA. Collection: The bark is gathered from young plants in the autumn, when it is most active. The outer bark is stripped off and the inner...