I have been working this educational herb blog hard a lot of posts, why? Everything is super slow on line as every summer. Working very hard at getting the word out about the herb school by free marketing ways, long, dull, and hard, but it must be done.
This humble herb school, this humble teaching blog, I am keeping at it and working 24/7. Pray for me-The blog, the school. I wrote how, as on May 19, all my sites lost 95% of its readers, it is hard to keep at it when few are coming, but I must, may summer be over soon, and take advantage of the great summer promotion, what are you waiting for.
This is from his book,
The Herb Users Guide-The Basic Skills of Medical Herbalism-by -David Hoffmann
This book, used is 5.00 if that.
It is like his work that lead up to his grand text book 'Medical herbalism'.
This is like the cliffs notes to that great text book, its all you need honestly. Hoffmann, like others are mostly what is called Holistic Herbalism. He alludes to this over and over.
His theory is the body heals it self when it is feed correct and helps body systems. It is much easier to give herbs to prevent an illness than it is to treat illness after settled in.
Proper diet, no need of Vitamins, also Michael Tierra same as others, but now days, diet will kill you as I have wrote on. The way these two feel is if the body is given slow, low, restoratives, tonics and such. After its the intake and other medical herbalist knowledge.
I have yet to understand Hoffmanns approach, I have not read all his books, maybe I missed one? I would hope he has a book as most do not on intakes, ways of practicing herbalism?
In this book Hoffmann writes;
Ch 3 Herbal Actions-Student-Pg 21;
One of the most comprehensible ways of coming to terms with the vast range of herbal remedies available is to consider them in terms of their actions on the body.
It is possible, and desirable, to know each plant well, how to use it and prepare it for what conditions and which types of people. However, this is a bit much to ask of beginners. It is something herbalist aim for by their sixties.
In Chapter 2 Approaches to Herbalism
Hoffmann teaches about TCM and other methods. In Western Herbalism he relates the different approaches but Hoffmann is more ..well..medical and folklore in a way. The four approaches;
1. Traditional knowledge- Folklore use
2. Pharmacology of Active ingredients- Constituents
3.Within the frame work of a philosophical system- (NOTE: Hoffmann talks and writes a lot like a philosopher himself and his opinions ) What does this one mean? Later down in this post .
4. Within a new holistic framework.
One is Traditional knowledge; This is what it sounds like, native American Indians, TCM, European Herbalism, all of it with kits thousands of years of herb knowledge. A couple hundred years of old American folklore herbalist.
What does this have to do with pinning down a diagnostic work.
Herbs sometimes just work. Knowledge handed down in America.
Two is Pharmacology of Active ingredients; This has to do with the herbs constituents.
PG 14 reads;
Herbalism is crippled when seen as a pre-cursor of modern medicine, of drugs, or of potent active ingredients ( Constitutions ). Potentially in plants we have not only medicines for illness but augmentors for health. More importantly we have a way in which one of our aspects of life can be re tuned to nature, to the world we are a part of yet hurt and damaged so much.
OK, dear lord more Philosophy and one wit nature, Native Indian wording and belief, he said it, not me, I do not believe or practice this way, seeing all in balance, harmony, one , this is new age its all over and has been for thousands of years.
Three Is Within the frame work of a philosophical system- maintain health and prevent disease through a balance of diet ( Again This is no longer possible with all the tainted toxic food)- Exercise, thought, and environment.
What the book is saying is use a method, many to choose from, TCM, Ayurvedic, Native Indian. Choose one go with it, or use parts of all, this is Hoffmanns view, a combination of old and new methods. Others write the same, next post pat 4- Richard Whelans Constitutional Herbalism- You will see similarities in the balance, different types of constitution, make up, personality, cold, hot, dry, warm, It has its base in TCM.
Four is- Within a new holistic framework, this approach has three broad areas of influence- challengers, normalizers, eliminators.
Challengers-herbs that provoke bodily protective responses.
Normalizes- Normalizes acting bidirectionally. These herbs have a normalizing, supportive action on organs or tissues, acting as foods rather than medicines.
Eliminators-These help the body's eliminatory processes by increasing activity of the eliminatory organs. These are the bowel's, kidneys, skin, and lungs.
I hope this helps you see the difference in top herbalist.
Conclusion on this part 3, it's non conclusive, LOL. but has some good points relevant to this series.
Hoffmann and co. Are all low dose, non invasive if can be no evasive intervention. Holistic herbalisem and Simple herbalist. I read in one such book to make an distincter you add 1 oz herb to 8 oz alcohol- that is not a 5:1 ratio, a very weak tincture and not used as much as water extractions ACV tinctures.
This field of herbalist are different, I am part holistic no doubt single herb therapy, simpler methods, also medical western based herbalism with all the science fun. LOL.
Look at a simpler herbalist in DR Christopher's work, he was such a one. I am folklore mostly and that fits with holistic herbalism. Hoffmann does not write on a diagnosis as we read, we also read before we can not do this or that, it is confusing and it will not be in a systematic herbal school such as Mine.
We read the following;
The Holistic Health Practitioner Does Not:
Diagnose disease. A holistic health practitioner performs evaluations to determine causes of potential health problems, but they do not diagnose disease. Always refer a client back to his or her licensed physician for a diagnosis.
Treat disease. A holistic health practitioner focuses on health and education, not on disease, and empowers clients to take charge of their own good health.
Prescribe drugs or pharmaceuticals. Holistic health practitioners teach clients about herbs, essential oils, homeopathic remedies, homeobotanical remedies, flower essences, dietary supplements, and nutrition.
Perform Invasive Procedures. Depending on his or her training and licensing, a practitioner may use hands on techniques as part of his or her practice. For example, a practitioner may also be trained as a massage therapist, chiropractor, or osteopath, and use natural health modalities along with that discipline; For example, a massage therapist may use an essential oil blend to complement a massage treatment. Existing healthcare professionals should check with their licensing bodies regarding incorporating their studies into their existing practice. Holistic health practitioners do not perform any invasive procedures, give injections, or draw blood.
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Keep at it, do not give up, by information over load. More information coming LOL.