2 Responses to Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies

  1. G. Haim "G. Haim"
    G. Haim "G. Haim" May 11, 2011 at 3:51 am | | Reply
    81 of 83 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Herbal Twin Has Arrived!!, May 19, 2002
    This review is from: Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies (Paperback)

    We all loved the book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” by James F. Balch and Phyllis A. Balch, and now comes its long awaited twin; The same winning format, the same width of knowledge, and this time – the best herbs to treat (almost) every ailment. Besides an overview of the principles of herbal healing, the first part of the book describes a long list of herbs that are mentioned throughout the book, the scientific evidence of their benefit, and various considerations for use, alone and/or with other herbs. However, this part is missing a listing of active constituents (future edition?). The second part excells in bringing an alphabetical listing of various health conditions and summarizing, in a clear-cut table, the herbs that can be used, the doses, some ready formulas, and a short comment on action. I loved this format in the first book, and find myself praising this format in the present book. Need to treat an ailment? – just open the right page, and the table of beneficial herbs is right in front of your eyes. The story goes on – “Herbs to Avoid”, general “Recommendations” and “Considerations” – all written by a super-expert in the field. Amazon found a very strange way to show us the contents of a book (“look inside”) but never exposed “real” pages. Just give a customer a chance to look at a page from the second part of this book and he will know what this book is all about. In the third part I found the information I needed to prepare my own herbal extracts. The tips are invaluable and the various techniques for herbal healing are very well discussed. Ms. Balch made our life much easier and healthier by introducing two superb books where in a glance one can match nutritional healing with herbal healing for a wide array of common health problems. It’s time to go one further step – to move both books to the CD format…

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  2. samiam
    samiam May 11, 2011 at 4:45 am | | Reply
    56 of 61 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    an excellent book, January 29, 2005
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    samiam

    This review is from: Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies (Paperback)

    I highly recommend this book (I give 5 stars to few books) to anyone interested in herbs and herbal remedies from a more scientifically based approach. I found that her citation of studies and use of them to describe the actual effects of the herbs helpful, whereas most herb books are filled solely with arguments from tradition or some metaphysical bias. Although tradition, or any other tact, may actually be correct sometimes, I find it unconvincing alone. I like to know that ginseng, for example, has been shown in studies to relieve stress. I don’t want to read an author only mention how it is a magic herb that will bring one closer to a certain positive force of the universe (apologies for the sarcasm). She does include, naturally, traditional uses (by multiple cultures) and their histories, but her descriptions/prescriptions aren’t solely based on them. She does a wonderful job and has come up with a book I’d been seeking for a long time. She has obviously put a lot of careful time into this work, and ended up with what will surely earn its shelf life.

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