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The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs
The Art of Aromatherapy
The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs
Paperback      ISBN: 0892810017

This complete, practical guide shows how to use the essential oils of flowers and herbs as a gentle yet effective method of natural healing. Beginning with the history and use of essential oils in cosmetics and perfumes from ancient Egyptian times to the present day, the author details 29 essences, with their properties and applications in more than 100 conditions, ranging from emotional stress to skin disorders.
Includes easy-to-prepare recipes for massage and medicinal oils, facial masks, ointments, and aromatic baths.

Explains the importance of essential oils in Swedish, shiatsu, and neuromuscular massage.

Provides tables of evaporation rates, odor intensity, therapeutic index, and glossary of medical terms.
The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy
The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism
A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy
Paperback      ISBN: 0892812389

A clear and comprehensive reference on the full range of healing herbs and remedies

- An indispensable guide to the herbal remedies most used in the Anglo-American and European traditions

- Defines each remedy in terms of its main pharmacological actions and usual therapeutic applications

- A useful reference to the application of traditional medicines for modern health problems for the professional and lay use.
The Teachings of Don Carlos: Practical Applications of the Works of Carlos Castaneda
The Teachings of Don Carlos
Practical Applications of the Works of Carlos Castaneda
Paperback      ISBN: 1879181231

Millions of readers of Carlos Castaneda books have long enjoyed the fantastic teachings of don Juan Matus, the Yaqui shaman from northern Mexico. Now, thanks to the practical techniques based on Castaneda's writings offered here by author Victor Sanchez--the body as a field of energy, the not-doings of the personal self, stopping the internal dialogue, the magic of attention, setting up dreaming, the warrior's greatest love, and more--you can apply these teachings to your everyday life.

Right Brain Left Brain: Reflexology : A Self-Help Approach to Balancing Life's Energies With Color, Sound, and Pressure-Point Techniques
Right Brain Left Brain
Reflexology : A Self-Help Approach to Balancing Life's Energies With Color, Sound, and Pressure-Point Techniques
Paperback      ISBN: 0892814322

This self-help guide helps you identify right- or left-brain dominance, and suggests color, sound, and pressure-point techniques to bring both sides into balance.

Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
Between Heaven and Earth
A Guide to Chinese Medicine
Paperback      ISBN: 0345379748
"Comprehensive, encyclopedic, and lucid, this book is a must for all practitioners of the healing arts who want to broaden their understanding. Readers interested in the role of herbs and foods in healing will also find much to learn here, as I have. . . . A fine work."--Annemarie Colbin, author of Food and Healing

The promise and mystery of Chinese medicine has intrigued and fascinated Westerners ever since the "Bamboo Curtain" was lifted in the early 1970s. Now, in Between Heaven and Earth, two of the foremost American educators and healers in the Chinese medical profession demystify this centuries-old approach to health. Harriet Beinfeld and Efrem Korngold, pioneers in the practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine in the United States for over eighteen years, explain the philosophy behind Chinese medicine, how it works and what it can do.

Combining Eastern traditions with Western sensibilities in a unique blend that is relevant today, Between Heaven and Earth addresses three vital areas of Chinese medicine--theory, therapy, and types--to present a comprehensive, yet understandable guide to this ancient system. Whether you are a patient with an aggravating complaint or a curious intellectual seeker, Between Heaven and Earth opens the door to a vast storehouse of knowledge that bridges the gap between mind and body, theory and practice, professional and self-care, East and West.

"Groundbreaking . . . Here at last is a complete and readable guide to Chinese medicine."--San Francisco Chronicle
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Rain Forest
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice
An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Rain Forest
Paperback      ISBN: 014012991x
The fascinating account of a pioneering ethnobotanist's travels in the Amazon--at once a gripping adventure story, a passionate argument for conservationism, and an investigation into the healing power of plants, by the author of The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know

For thousands of years, healers have used plants to cure illness. Aspirin, the world's most widely used drug, is based on compounds originally extracted from the bark of a willow tree, and more than a quarter of medicines found on pharmacy shelves contain plant compounds. Now Western medicine, faced with health crises such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer, has begun to look to the healing plants used by indigenous peoples to develop powerful new medicines. Nowhere is the search more promising than in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical forest, home to a quarter of all botanical species on this planet--as well as hundreds of Indian tribes whose medicinal plants have never been studied by Western scientists. In Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, ethnobotanist Mark J. Plotkin recounts his travels and studies with some of the most powerful Amazonian shamans, who taught him the plant lore their tribes have spent thousands of years gleaning from the rain forest.

For more than a decade, Dr. Plotkin raced against time to harvest and record new plants before the rain forests' fragile ecosystems succumb to overdevelopment--and before the Indians abandon their own culture and learning for the seductive appeal of Western material culture. Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice relates nine of the author's quests, taking the reader along on a wild odyssey as he participates in healing rituals; discovers the secret of curare, the lethal arrow poison that kills in minutes; tries the hallucinogenic snuff epena that enables the Indians to speak with their spirit world; and earns the respect and fellowship of the mysterious shamans as he proves that he shares both their endurance and their reverence for the rain forest.
Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing
Ayurveda
The Science of Self-Healing
Paperback      ISBN: 0914955004

For the first time a book is available which clearly explains the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world. This beautifully illustrated text thoroughly explains history & philosophy, basic principles, diagnostic techniques, treatment, diet, medicinal usage of kitchen herbs & spices, first aid, food aid, food antidotes and much more.

Homeopathic Medicine at Home: Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments and Minor Injuries
Homeopathic Medicine at Home
Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments and Minor Injuries
Paperback      ISBN: 0874771951
Homeopathic Medicine at Home This one-volume compendium of homeopathic information includes the history of homeopathy, an explanation of its principles, and advice on dosage. A full pharmacopoeia of natural remedies for common ailments and injuries, it also contains sections on homeopathy for children and pets.

It covers the history and use of homeopathy in the home. It covers a wide variety of aspects of illness and homeopathy and chapters cover the following:
  • What is Homeopathy?
  • A Homeopathic Physician at Work
  • Your Home Remedy Kit
  • What to Do for Accidents
  • In Case of Emergency
  • How to Prevent and Treat Colds, Coughs and Earaches
  • Remedies for Stomach and Bowel Problems
  • A Happier Baby with Homeopathic Care
  • Your Growing Child
  • What Homeopathy Can Do for Women
  • Keeping Your Pets Healthy
  • Remedies and their Abbreviations
  • Mini-Repertory
  • Materia Medica
Bodywork Shiatsu: Bringing the Art of Finger Pressure to the Massage Table
Bodywork Shiatsu
Bringing the Art of Finger Pressure to the Massage Table
Paperback      ISBN: 0892815264

For the first time, an expert in the Asian art of finger-pressure massage shifts the practice of shiatsu from the floor to the massage table--increasing the comfort of the patient, conserving the energy of the therapist, and augmenting the effects of the treatment. Skillfully integrating current Western scientific research with traditional energetic concepts and techniques of shiatsu, Carl Dubitsky provides a new perspective on this ancient healing art. His analysis of the muscular anatomy of the points and pathways is unique in Western literature, making shiatsu techniques more accessible and comprehensible to health professionals and bodyworkers of all schools.

BodyWork Shiatsu grounds its discussion of shiatsu in a thorough review of traditional Asian medical theory, explaining the concepts of yin and yang, the five elements, and the flow of life energy, qi, along with the meridians of the body. These concepts form the basis of the health professional's approach to examination and treatment. The heart of the book contains detailed instructions in applying shiatsu to the massage table--from basic finger technique to choosing equipment--with specific recommendations for treating each part of the body. The fruit of the author's many years of immersion in both Eastern and Western systems of massage, BodyWork Shiatsu is an invaluable aid to all those interested in advanced applications of shiatsu as well as those wishing to incorporate basic principles of finger-pressure massage into their health-care practice.
Herbs and Herb Lore of Colonial America
Herbs and Herb Lore of Colonial America
Paperback      ISBN: 0486285294

The great importance and usefulness of herbs among settlers in the American colonies are made abundantly clear in this charming volume. Compiled by members of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, this carefully researched and delightfully written guide provides a wealth of insights into the supply sources that sustained colonists of the period.
Here are descriptions of more than 50 herbs and plants, from "simples" or medicinal flora that were believed to offer remedies for a number of ailments (including the ability to relieve pain from real or imagined afflictions) to those used as natural dyes, disinfectants, taste enhancers, and more. Among the varieties described here are bee balm, bloodroot, candytuft, daffodil, feverfew, hollyhock, hyssop, Jacob's-ladder, lady's bedstraw, lavender, lovage, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, parsley, periwinkle, primrose, rosemary, rue, sage, sweet woodruff, tansy, tarragon, thyme, violet, winter savory, wormwood, yarrow, and many others.
Each plant is illustrated by an accurate drawing taken from early herbals and is accompanied by a quotation, anecdote, and informative description that includes popular and scientific names and the plant's use in colonial households.
An invaluable collection for plant lovers and herb enthusiasts, this excellent reference will also delight anyone interested in early American life.