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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671023276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671023270
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Michael Tierra, L.A.C., O.M.D. has taught and lectured extensively throughout the world and is the author of six other books including THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE and PLANETRY HERBOLOGY.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DianeG. on 14 April 2009
Format: Paperback
This book covers most all of the popular herbs.Chapter four explains methods of application and medicinal herb teas.I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning about herbs.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 2001
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I came across this book following a class on herbal medicine. The book illustrates the effective use of natural vegitation to produce organic poltices and tinctures and explains the use of herbs for medicinal cures and much more. A very enlightening and enjoyable book.
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Excellent reference but lacking in treatment for ailments 30 May 2001
By John D. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent staple to understanding the basic properties of herbs, their energy (cool or warm) and what systems are affected. The definitions of herbal properties were clear and concise (alteratives, diuretics, etc.) The section on diagnosis and treatment listed Yin and Yang conditions and how to apply Yin/Yang theory to herbal medicine. This was helpful in understanding the energy of a plant. Both Western and Oriental herbs are listed in seperate sections and is fairly extensive. Most dosage recommendations, however, are listed in tincture or infusion form with little information on application through "00" or "0" capsules. In the Treatments for Specific Ailments section, the ailments are generalized like menstrual cramps, colds, constipation, coughs and sore throats, etc. While a very good basic foundation it does not elaborate on the different symptoms, for example, of a cold. Do they need a respiratory relaxant or stimulant, a demulcent or an anticatarrhal? Many of the remedies are in infusion or decoction form which is not practical for someone to have dry herbs in bulk to prepare this recommended blend. Also for client compliancy it is not realistic. The last chapter on magnetic therapy, while highly informative, has no place in an herbal resource book. I found this book to be in an easy to read format and a valuable basic resource book for a begining to intermediate herbalist.
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Awesome introduction 7 Dec. 2007
By E. Bender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a midwifery student just getting into herbalism. My best friend is an herbalist, so I knew a little bit going in. This book is a fantastic introduction. The basics are laid out in a really straight-forward and helpful manner. Once you start getting comfortable with it, the reference bit is fantastic for quickly finding things. Michael Tierra does a fantastic job of walking the line between mysticism and science. He provides enough of the physical workings of the herbs to satisfy a rational mind, but doesn't lose track of the spiritual connection.
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The herbalist's must-have 9 April 2000
By "yahyam" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is perhaps the best book on herbal medicine I have ever read. Tierra covers not only the botanical and therapeutic properties of herbs, he shows with great clarity how they fit into the wider context of holistic healing. His integration of traditional Western herbalism with Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine--and he is a master of all three--justifies his proprietary name of "Planetary Medicine."
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Most Thorough Herbal 16 Feb. 2013
By Jeremiah D. Wilkes - Published on Amazon.com
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As a medicinal herbalist I find the most beneficial aspect of this book to be the section on the herbs themselves as I have found it to be the most concise and thorough out of all the books I use for my herbal studies and practice. I do have to mention that the range of herbs he includes is extensive but not complete as for some I had to find other sources. However, Tierra's herbal on western herbs is specific and includes relevant and beneficial information as he lists each herb by it's most common name, scientific name, other common names, plant family, parts of the herb used, the flavor and energy of the herb, body systems and organs the herb affects, the biochemical constituents in the herb, the herbal actions and properties of the herb, the standardization and dose of the herb in it different methods of application, the specific conditions the herb is used to treat and its other uses, and furthermore some history and background data on the herb as well as its safety, contraindications, and adverse effects.

In addition to my primary reason for reading and using this book, I like the included section Theory of Using herbs, which is although quite concise, very useful even as a general reminder about the simplistic but effective nature that herbs and plants have and that we can so easily utilize and attain potent earth medicine that is just as reliable as technological medicine but much more economically and environmentally sound. In conclusion The Way of Herbs is a must read and reference book to own for anyone be them a dedicated naturopathic practitioner of herbal medicine or someone just interested in a specific alternative or remedy
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I've Worn Out Several Copies of This Amazingly Useful Book... 5 July 2010
By Angela Catirina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought my first copy of Dr. Michael Tierra's "The Way of Herbs" in 1990. It was a little paperback that I carried with me everywhere I went. Eventually the pages yellowed and withered and began to fall out, and I've worn out a few more copies since. This book was one of my first introductions into homeopathic medicine and it has kept me and family well, and healthy for decades now. I can't recommend it enough!
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