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...

Wild Indigo

Baptisia tinctoria Leguminosae Names: Indigoweed Habitat: Indigenous to Canada and the USA Collection: The root is unearthed in the autumn after flowering has stopped. Clean the root and cut, dry well. Part Used: Root. Constituents: Isoflavones;...

Wild Lettuce

Lactuca virosa Compositae Names: Lettuce Opium Habitat: Indigenous to Central and Southern Europe and Northern Asia, cultivated elsewhere. Collection: The leaves should be gathered in June and July. Part Used: Dried leaves. Constituents: Lactucin, a...

Hamamelis virginiana

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana Hamameliadaceae Habitat: Indigenous to N. America and Canada. Collection: The leaves can be gathered throughout the summer and driedquickly to ensure that they do not become discoloured. The bark is gathered inthe spring after...

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...

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