Introduction. 1 Global herbal traditions. The medical philosophies of the major Eastern and Western herbal traditions, including: Ayurveda * Tibetan medicine * Chinese medicine * Unani Tibb * Shamanism * Native American medicine * aromatherapy and flower essences. 2 The chemistry of herbs. Plant pharmacology * How herbs work * Easy reference guide to the classification of medicinal herbs according to their medicinal action. 3 The tools of the modern herbalist. The Western herbalist's approach * Using herbal medicines safely * Taking a case history * Making a diagnosis * Formulating a prescription * Dietary and lifestyle advice * Treating children and the elderly. 4 The herbal pharmacy. How to prepare herbs and herbal medicines, including step-by-step guides to making: infusions * decoctions * tinctures * glycerites * syrups * powders * capsules * creams and lotions * poultices * liniments * compresses * baths * oils * Dosages and measurements. 5 Materia medica. How to use the materia medica * Identification guide and profiles of over 150 medicinal herbs, including their constituents, main actions, indications, safety profile and herb drug interactions. 6 Treating common ailments. Digestive system * Respiratory system * Circulatory system * Reproductive system Urinary system * Nervous system * Immune system * Musculo-skeletal system * The skin and eyes * First aid. 7 Growing and collecting herbs. Cultivating your own herbs * Collecting herbs from the wild * Harvesting herbs * Storage * Easy-reference herb calendar. Glossary. Index.