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The Gift Of Healing Herbs (Paperback): Robin Rose Bennett The Gift Of Healing Herbs (Paperback)
Robin Rose Bennett
R492 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R138 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Herbalists, naturopaths, plantspeople, witches, and natural healers will love the empowering information, engaging stories, and heartfelt meditations and rituals of natural herbal medicines. Written by well-respected urban herbalist Robin Rose Bennett with over 180 easy-to-follow recipes, this book offers readers who want to take charge of their health an immersion into a myriad ways to use plant-based remedies to care for themselves and others on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

A Manual of Acupuncture 2008 (Cards, 3rd edition): Peter Deadman, Mazin Al-Khafaji, Kevin Baker A Manual of Acupuncture 2008 (Cards, 3rd edition)
Peter Deadman, Mazin Al-Khafaji, Kevin Baker
R2,432 Discovery Miles 24 320 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A companion to A Manual of Acupuncture, there are 384 durable point reference and study cards covering all 391 of the 14 channel and extra (miscellaneous) points. Each card measures 4" x 6," and most are devoted to a single point. This second edition of the point cards offers a new terra cotta storage case, two-color cards, the addition of pinyin accents, and updated point locations and location notes to match the latest edition of A Manual of Acupuncture. The front of each card presents a dedicated illustration of the point showing its anatomical location. The back presents the English and Chinese names (in both pinyin and Chinese characters), the special categories or groupings to which the point belongs, the principal actions and clinical indications, and advice about locating and needling the point, including precautions. Additional cards illustrate the cun measuring system, needling directions, tables of point categories, and a glossary of terms. The cards are boxed in a very handsome, sturdy, and easy-to-access storage case with tabbed dividers.

The Healing Power of Celtic Plants - Healing Herbs of the Ancient Celts and Their Druid Medicine Men (Paperback): Angela Paine The Healing Power of Celtic Plants - Healing Herbs of the Ancient Celts and Their Druid Medicine Men (Paperback)
Angela Paine
R392 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R78 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Celts were a successful and vigorous people who spread all over Europe a few thousand years ago. Our knowledge of them has been growing rapidly over the last few decades. They practiced what many in the medical profession today say is crucial to good health- drinking copious quantities of pure spring water, eating fresh vegetables, fruit and grains, and taking plenty of exercise. They were also a shamanic people, treating their environment with respect. One of the most fascinating aspects of their culture was their use of plant medicine, and central to this was the use of herbs. This book traces that history, from its ancient Druidic roots right up to the present day, where many of these herbs are still used clinically to treat a range of conditions. Each of the herbs is covered in depth, covering its history, myth and symbolism and explaining how to grow, preserve, prepare and use them. Uniquely, here, their properties are examined together with the scientific evidence that they work. Learn from the practice of our ancestors to improve your own health and lifestyle.

The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs (Paperback, New ed): Ron Teeguarden The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs (Paperback, New ed)
Ron Teeguarden; Foreword by Xu Guo-Jun, Zhou Zhen-He
R405 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R58 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

low aging •Gain unlimited energy •Improve sex •Sharpen mental clarity •Reduce stress •Look and feel younger

Formerly published as Radiant Health

For over twenty years, master herbalist Ron Teeguarden has studied Chinese tonic herbs. Now demystifying this ancient and effective method of health care, he presents the ultimate, comprehensive guide to... THE ANCIENT WISDOM OF THE CHINESE TONIC HERBS

In this clear and concise encyclopedia of Chinese tonic herbalism, Teeguarden identifies over seventy powerful herbs, and explains how they work and how to take them, both alone and in combination. Drawing on centuries-old recipes, he shows you how to use these special formulas to vigorously promote:

•longevity
•beauty
•mental energy
•fertility and sex drive
•and immune efficiency.

Combining traditional Taoist health principles with cutting-edge scientific knowledge, THE ANCIENT WISDOM OF THE CHINESE TONIC HERBS will help you develop a regimen that is natural and inexpensive, and vital to your physical and emotional well-being.

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The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy Treatments - Relief for 64 Common Health Conditions... The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy Treatments - Relief for 64 Common Health Conditions (Paperback)
Karin Parramore
R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Acupressure uses the same pressure points of acupuncture but instead of needles, you simply use your fingers to gently but firmly stimulate your body's natural ability to heal. With its easy and conversational style along with step-by-step photos, you'll discover how to heal your concerns naturally while living a pain-free and vibrant lifestyle. When acupressure points are correctly stimulated they promote blood circulation and release muscular tension. This helps to heal pain and is ideal for preventative health because it actually boosts your immune system and increases the flow of energy throughout your body. This book covers everything you need to know about acupressure along with the history and philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 64 pressure points and how they help to heal 64 specific health concerns. The book is broken down into easy-to-understand sections beginning with: Part 1: Understanding Chinese Medicine and Treatment of Disease: * History & philosophy of TCM, The 5 Elements, The Symbolic System, Acupressure defined and its connection to our energy flow. Part 2: 12 Systems of Chinese Medicine: * Head (including eye, nose throat), Respiratory, Digestive, Reproductive health for women & men, Integumentary (skin disorders), Musculoskeletal, Endocrine, Lymph/Immune, Urinary, Circulatory & Nervous. Part 3: 64 Key Acupressure Points for Treating Disease: * Comprehensive instructions and step-by-step photos describe and explain how to apply the correct pressure for optimal health. Part 4: Treating Health Problems with Acupressure & Aromatherapy: * Techniques for treating all the conditions and specific instructions for treating 64 common health conditions such as: toothache, tinnitus, headache, cough, asthma, acid reflux, bloating, hot flushes, morning sickness, eczema, tennis elbow, adrenal fatigue, bladder infections, anxiety and insomnia. Discover the art of acupressure and enjoy a wonderful sense of enhanced well being and health.

Healing Power of Papaya - A Holistic Health Handbook on How to Avoid Acidosis, Allergies and Other Health Disorders... Healing Power of Papaya - A Holistic Health Handbook on How to Avoid Acidosis, Allergies and Other Health Disorders (Paperback)
Barbara Simonsohn
R305 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R21 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In her lively and descriptive health handbook, best-selling German author Barbara Simonsohn shares knowledge that native peoples from all over the world have successfully practiced for centuries. The "power fruit" papaya is virtually a universal remedy with a large spectrum of anti-inflammatory effects against many health disorders and diseases.

Green Tea & Health - Antioxidant Properties, Consumption & Role in Disease Prevention (Hardcover): Nicolas Powell Green Tea & Health - Antioxidant Properties, Consumption & Role in Disease Prevention (Hardcover)
Nicolas Powell
R3,374 R2,256 Discovery Miles 22 560 Save R1,118 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Green tea is a popular healthful beverage in many parts of the world and its medical properties have been extensively explored. Green tea originated in China and the chemistry of green tea is renowned by its presence of polyphenolic compounds, particularly catechins. This book reviews the antioxidant activities of green tea catechins, its consumption and the ways it prevents potential infections; the potential beneficial effects of green tea consumption on Diabetes mellitus and how it can be used to reduce severe brain damage as well as its use in treating obesity. Other chapters examine how catechins may assist in the suppression of heart transplant rejection; a discussion on EGCG as the most abundant catechin green tea and its capability of inhibiting cell proliferation and inducing apoptosis in cancer cells; an evaluation and comparison of the phenolic composition and metal content of commercially available aromatized green tea infusions; and an investigation of the chromatographic behavior of catechins.

Prescription for Herbal Healing, 2nd Edition - An Easy-to-Use A-to-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal... Prescription for Herbal Healing, 2nd Edition - An Easy-to-Use A-to-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Phyllis A. Balch
R455 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R105 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The definitive source for choosing the optimal herbal therapy- thoroughly revised and updated.

Millions of Americans are turning to herbal therapies to heal what ails them-either as an alternative or as a supplement to traditional medicine. From the most trusted name in natural healing, Phyllis A. Balch's new edition of "Prescription for Herbal Healing" provides the most current research and comprehensive facts in an easy-to-read A- to-Z format, including: Information on more than 200 herbs and herbal combination formulas, ranging from well-known herbs, such as ginseng and St. John's Wort, to less familiar remedies, such as khella and prickly ash Chinese and ayurvedic herbal combinations Discussion of more than 150 common disorders from acne to yeast infection, and suggested herbal treatment therapies

Diagnostics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Paperback): Zhu Bing, Wang Hongcai Diagnostics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Paperback)
Zhu Bing, Wang Hongcai
R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The principles and practice of diagnostics are key to administering effective treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. The ability to recognise and diagnose symptoms and complaints correctly is fundamental to deciding on appropriate remedies, and this book provides a comprehensive introduction to all the principles that students and practitioners need to know. The authors outline the key methods used in diagnosis, and describe the eight basic categories of ailment and disease: yin and yang, exterior and interior, cold and heat, and deficiency and excess. They provide detailed instructions on how to identify and rebalance the relative strengths of pathogens and Qi in the body, and how to differentiate between syndromes that might look the same, using traditional Chinese medicine methods. The book concludes with useful forms for completion in taking a diagnosis. Combining practical instruction with detailed theory, this authoritative textbook, compiled by the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center (CBIATC), under the editorial direction of leading Chinese clinicians Zhu Bing and Wang Hongcai, is an excellent reference for students and practitioners at all levels.

The Complete Guide of Self-Massage - A Natural Way for Prevention and Treatment through Traditional Chinese Medicine... The Complete Guide of Self-Massage - A Natural Way for Prevention and Treatment through Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hardcover)
Changqing Guo
R477 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R130 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Learn all about Chinese acupressure therapy with this readable, illustrated guide. Chinese acupressure is an ancient therapy using kneading, rubbing, pressing, and stroking to stimulate different acupoints on the body. It is a great way to relieve pain, soothe the nerves, improve skin condition and even prevent disease! In The Complete Guide of Self-Massage, the theories based on traditional Chinese medicine are explained in simple language to provide a basic knowledge of: The meridian system meridian pathways Body network Individual acupoints Common massage techniques are demonstrated with detailed descriptions and illustrations. All techniques are self-massage methods-meaning that you can give yourself a massage without any help! A list of massage techniques that can combat the 50 most common illnesses is included along with suggestions on massage frequency and intensity.

Chakras (Poster): Chakras (Poster)
R251 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R91 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Chakra" is a special, rich and colorful poster. The seven main chakras, energy centres of the subtle body, are represented in the middle. To the left you will see the five lesser known chakras of the head, as well as Ida, Pingala and Sushuma, the three energy channels going through the chakras along the spine. Under, you can see the five elements corresponding to the first five chakras and on the right side the Yantra Mantra and explanations of many symbols.

Evidence-based Clinical Chinese Medicine - Volume 1: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Paperback): Charlie Changli Xu,... Evidence-based Clinical Chinese Medicine - Volume 1: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Paperback)
Charlie Changli Xu, Chuan-Jian Lu
R1,301 R1,086 Discovery Miles 10 860 Save R215 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Evidence-based Clinical Chinese Medicine: Vol. 1 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease provides a 'whole evidence' analysis of the Chinese medicine management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Evidence from the classical Chinese medicine literature, contemporary clinical literature, and the outcomes of clinical trials and experimental studies are reviewed, analysed and synthesised. The data from all these sources are condensed to provide evidence-based statements which will inform clinical practice and guide future research.This book has been designed to be an easy reference at the point of care. During a patient consultation, Chinese medicine practitioners can refer to this book for guidance on which Chinese herbal medicine formulas, specific herbs, or acupuncture points, can best treat their patient, and be confident there is evidence which supports its use.Currently, Chinese medicine practitioners who develop a special interest in a particular health condition such as COPD have to consult a variety of sources to further their knowledge. Typically, they use the contemporary clinical literature to understand the theory, aetiology, pathogenesis and obtain expert opinions on the Chinese medicine management of COPD. They search the electronic literature to identify systematic reviews of clinical trials, if any exists, to obtain assessments of the current state of the clinical evidence for particular interventions. If they have the skills and resources, they may search the classical Chinese medicine literature for an historical perspective on treatments that have stood the test of time.This book provides all of this information for practitioners in one handy, easy to use reference. This allows practitioners to focus on their job of providing high quality healthcare, with the knowledge it is based on the best available evidence.

Healing Herbal Infusions - Simple and Effective Home Remedies for Colds, Muscle Pain, Upset Stomach, Stress, Skin Issues and... Healing Herbal Infusions - Simple and Effective Home Remedies for Colds, Muscle Pain, Upset Stomach, Stress, Skin Issues and More (Paperback)
Colleen Codekas
R437 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R85 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As more people choose to live more naturally and take an active role in their health, herbalism has grown in popularity, and this book serves as wonderful introduction for the beginner. Infusions, made by steeping a botanical in liquid, are the easiest and safest ways to harness plants' healing properties. Herbalist and blogger Colleen Codekas has crafted the 75 most effective infusions to remedy common ailments. To boost your immunity during cold & flu season, create a medicinal tea with vitamin C-packed rose hips, hibiscus, orange and cinnamon. For readers with muscle or joint pain, craft a salve with arnica flowers or lavender and peppermint. If you have digestion discomfort, a simple syrup made with ginger and turmeric will do wonders. Readers will also learn effective infusions for sprains and bruises, burns, itchy skin, inflammation, headaches, sore throats, stress and so much more. Colleen even includes a cannabis coconut oil infusion, which is one of the most effective topical remedies for pain. Each recipe is simple to make, uses easily sourced materials and, best of all, really works! With the perfect combination of Colleen's personal experience and scientific research, the recipes help readers safely make adjustments and substitutions. Budding herbalists, families seeking safe home remedies and natural living enthusiasts will love crafting their own wellness products. This book has 75 recipes and 75 photographs.

Flore M�dicale Usuelle Et Industrielle Du Xixe Si�cle. Tome 1 (French, Paperback): Oscar Reveil Flore M�dicale Usuelle Et Industrielle Du Xixe Si�cle. Tome 1 (French, Paperback)
Oscar Reveil
R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
TCM Case Studies: Internal Medicine (Paperback): Liu Bai-yan, Suzanne Robidoux TCM Case Studies: Internal Medicine (Paperback)
Liu Bai-yan, Suzanne Robidoux; Edited by Xiao Ye
R1,530 R1,038 Discovery Miles 10 380 Save R492 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Chinese internal medicine is the foundation of clinical practice of Chinese medicine and covers a large variety of diseases and symptoms.

Herbal Lexicon - In 10 Languages (Paperback): Kate Koutrouboussis Herbal Lexicon - In 10 Languages (Paperback)
Kate Koutrouboussis
R465 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R35 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine (Hardcover): Zhufan Xie Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine (Hardcover)
Zhufan Xie
R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Natural Painkillers - Relieve pain with natural remedies and exercises (Paperback, New Ed): Yann Rougier, Marie Borrel Natural Painkillers - Relieve pain with natural remedies and exercises (Paperback, New Ed)
Yann Rougier, Marie Borrel
R300 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R56 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From a mild headache to crippling arthritis, pain is part of many people's everyday experience. But there is a natural alternative to pharmaceutical medicine. This book is your indispensable guide to relieving pain the natural way, using a wide variety of methods including breathing and relaxation techniques, diet, yoga, massage, herbal poultices, balms, compresses, teas and rubs. Did you know pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties? And peppermint can relieve a headache? Or that you can alleviate joint pain by massaging specific points on the wrist? Featuring key insights into understanding pain and why we feel it, plus scientifically proven techniques that can help make it go away, this essential handbook is your painkilling arsenal for combating a whole range of common ailments.

Aromatherapy for Beginners - The Complete Guide to Getting Started with Essential Oils (Paperback): Anne Kennedy Aromatherapy for Beginners - The Complete Guide to Getting Started with Essential Oils (Paperback)
Anne Kennedy
R337 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R59 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Integrated Approaches to Infertility, IVF and Recurrent Miscarriage - A Handbook (Paperback): Susan Bedford, Justine Bold Integrated Approaches to Infertility, IVF and Recurrent Miscarriage - A Handbook (Paperback)
Susan Bedford, Justine Bold; Foreword by Gab Kovacs; Contributions by Karen Veness, Dian Shepperson Mills, …
R579 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R33 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A comprehensive integrative handbook on fertility treatment, and Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ART), the book is written by specialist contributors for health professionals and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners, and for those seriously considering ART themselves. Integrated approaches to infertility offer both a greater awareness and understanding of the combination of factors that can influence the chances of success when undergoing different types of ART. Leading experts review the evidence and discuss the benefits of different approaches to support the physiological and emotional aspects of fertility and fertility treatment. The book covers everything from identifying and treating conditions that may reduce fertility, including immunological abnormalities and specific male and female factors, to how nutrition, acupuncture, reflexology and yoga can support couples going through assisted reproduction, including helping to improve some immunological aspects. There is also a chapter that looks specifically at support for the over 40's.

The Herbalist's Bible - John Parkinson's Lost Classic--82 Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses (Hardcover): Julie... The Herbalist's Bible - John Parkinson's Lost Classic--82 Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses (Hardcover)
Julie Bruton-Seal, Matthew Seal
R609 R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Save R60 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A lost classic of Western herbalism--rediscovered and restored with 200 full-color images.
Herbalist to King Charles I, John Parkinson (1567-1650) was a master apothecary, herbalist, and gardener. Famous in his own lifetime for his influential books, his magnum opus, the "Theatrum Botanicum, " was published in 1640 and ran to 1,766 large pages. The sheer scope and size was perhaps to prove the book's downfall, because while it was much revered--and plagiarized--it was never reprinted and, centuries later, has attained the status of an extremely rare and valuable book. Parkinson was writing at a time when Western herbalism was at its zenith, and his skills as a gardener (from his grounds in Covent Garden) combined perfectly with his passion for science, observation, and historical scholarship.
In the "The Herbalist's Bible, " Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal have beautifully combined selections from Parkinson's book with their own modern commentary on how each plant is used today to create a truly one-of-a-kind, comprehensive collection of herbal information old and new. Parkinson's clear and lively description of a chosen plant's "vertues" or healing properties side-by-side with the editors' notes--including copious herbal recipes--make this the perfect book for students and practitioners of herbalism, historians, and gardeners, all of whom will welcome this restoration of Parkinson's lost classic.

Evening Primrose Oil (Paperback, Original ed.): Judy Graham Evening Primrose Oil (Paperback, Original ed.)
Judy Graham
R250 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R16 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

HEALTHHere is the story of the remarkable evening primrose, and the uses to which the oil from its seeds can be put--one of the major ones being in the treatment of premenstrual tension. It is a story which could turn out to be one of the most fantastic in plant history. Like foxglove (digitalis), cinchona bark (quinine) and rauwolfia (reserpine) it promises to take its place in the hall of fame of plants and herbs with important medicinal properties. But, unlike these other natural products which are on the whole useful for one condition only, the oil of the evening primrose has properties which make it useful for a wide range of conditions

500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them - Ease Aches, Pains, Ailments, and More with Hundreds of Simple and... 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them - Ease Aches, Pains, Ailments, and More with Hundreds of Simple and Effective at-Home Treatments (Paperback)
Linda B. White, Barbara H Seeber, Barbara Brownell-Grogan
R547 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R109 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This comprehensive, authoritative family reference provides quick, efficient relief for hundreds of common ailments. From insect bites, insomnia, and upset stomach to nasal congestion, stress-reducing tips, and hints for heart health, 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the New Science Behind Them offers accessible and effective recipes (many using three ingredients or less) for DIYers who want to bolster their immune defenses, and treat aches and pains and manageable ailments naturally. A cost-effective alternative to expensive prescriptions and over-the-counter products, these home treatments are easy to prepare. This important reference is both browseable and easy to use a moment's notice. Read it from cover to cover or simply pull it out when you need it. It includes "How it Works" sidebars that explain the science behind proven alternative treatments, a "Spotlight on Superfoods" feature, healthy lifestyle tips, "Myth vs Fact" boxes, and a "Time to Call the Doctor" feature for spotting true emergencies. When the need arises, you can trust that 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the New Science Behind Them will provide you with the information you need to make practical decisions to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

The Luo Collaterals - A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Treating Emotions and the Shen and the Six Healing Sounds... The Luo Collaterals - A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Treating Emotions and the Shen and the Six Healing Sounds (Paperback)
David Twicken
R632 R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Save R41 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

First referenced in the Ling Shu and the Su Wen, the Luo Collaterals or Luo Mai, are an integral part of the acupuncture channel system. In this book, Dr. David Twicken provides a comprehensive account of the Luo Mai, including detailed analyses of the classical and contemporary theories and clinical applications. Modern practitioners often use the Luo Collaterals to treat the emotions and the organs, with treatments influencing the blood network, especially the veins and capillaries, along the Luo pathways. Dr. Twicken presents a thorough historical analysis of the new theories on which our modern understanding of the Luo Collaterals and Luo points is based, and explains the applications. He explores the classical Chinese medical and Taoist interpretation of the Shen, the five Shen and the emotions and provides a comprehensive historical analysis of the Window of the Sky points. Dr. Twicken also includes instruction on Healing Sounds Qigong, one of the oldest and most effective forms used to treat the emotions, the internal organs and the five Shen. An accessible and authoritative guide to the Luo Collaterals, this book will be of immense value to students and practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Taiji and Qigong practitioners; and anyone with an interest in Taoist practice.

Healing Threads - Traditional Medicines of the Highlands and Islands (Paperback): Mary Beith Healing Threads - Traditional Medicines of the Highlands and Islands (Paperback)
Mary Beith
R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Gaelic pharmacy was rich, the sources of which lay almost entirely in nature and were subject to the minimum of preparation. Much of the rich store of material comes from the great legacy of medieval Gaelic manuscripts. In more recent times, papers of medical societies have shown how traditional methods and cures are still of value to modern medicine. In addition to a general historical background, which traces the story of Highland folk tradition from earliest times, Mary Beith describes a whole variety of traditional remedies, cures and practices, from the healing properties of stone and metal, animals and insects, to rituals, charms and incantations. Her book also includes a list of the most commonly used herbs. Clearly written with extensive source notes, Healing Threads is a unique introduction to a subject that has fascinated generation after generation.

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