300 Herbs: Their Indications & Contraindications (A Materia Medica & Repertory)

Press: Old Theology Book House (June 2003)
Author Name:Matthew Alfs


In this long-awaited professional guide to the use of medicinal plants, one finds both a detailed materia medica and a user-friendly repertory. 
The materia medica takes up the first half of this scholarly volume, listing and describing 300 herbs as to their indications (first by energetics, then by body systems), known contraindications, and traditional dosages.
In the second half, a detailed repertory appears, listing hundreds of indications and health conditions, which are then referenced back to the appropriate herbs in the materia medica.
Rounded out with substantial introductions on the energetics of the four major herbal systems (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, and American Eclectic Medicine), a glossary, and a bibliography, this power-packed reference work is intended for serious students of herbal medicine as well as for herbal practitioners, all of whom will discover a veritable treasure trove of information within its pages.

About the Author

Matthew Alfs, M.H., A.H.G. 
is an herbal clinician and educator who has been trained in a variety of healing traditions, including modern Western phytotherapy, Amerindian plant medicine, the herbal therapeutics of America's Eclectic physicians of the nineteenth century, and Oriental medicine.
He is a nationally-peer-reviewed professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, as well as a professional member of the American Botanical Council and a supporting member of the American Herb Association.He is the author of the mammoth and widely-acclaimed Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of Minnesota & Wisconsin (2001) and has written numerous articles in journals and magazines on medicinal herbs, edible wild plants, and nature appreciation.

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As I am quite eclectic in my own approach as a practitioner and teacher of herbal healing, I have deemed it prudent to combine the time-tested insights from the wide variety of healing traditions into one concise format, making this available as a manual, for the first time, to serious herbal students and practitioners. 
Here I have particularly culled insights from American Eclecticism, Physio-medicalism, Thomsonianism, Curanderismo, Amerindian plant medicine, Appalachian folk herbalism, various forms of European herbalism, modern Western phytotherapy, Unani Tibb, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda.
Indications for the listed herbs are taken from a large variety of sources, including the various herbal traditions and the clinical experience of contemporary herbal practitioners.
Information gleaned from scientific studies has also been utilized.
But, no one source has been relied upon in itself.
In fact, to insure accuracy of all information, I have established the following guidelines: No indication achieves a listing without meeting one of the requirements below....
1.) The herb has been successfully used for the same condition by two or more geographically separated herbal traditions, and that for at least one century.
2.) The herb has been shown helpful for a condition by a published scientific study, plus it has been utilized for such condition for at least one century by one or more herbal traditions.
3.) The herb is used in contemporary Western herbal practice for a condition, plus it either has scientific research supporting such use or it has been used for over a century in at least one indigenous herbal tradition.

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