MEDICINES FROM THE EARTH, Exploring Nature's Pharmacy, 1997 Seminar
33 audio lectures from famous and celebrated Herbalists (~90 min. each). A treasure trove of information from practitioners East and West.
12.Diagnostics of Herbalism.mp3
13.TCM_herbal for HIV-AIDS.mp3
20.Herbs for backpain.mp3
25.Tibetan Herbal Medicine.mp3
Herbal Simples: From primitive times the term "Herbal Simple" has been applied to any homely curative remedy consisting of one ingredient only, and that of a vegetable nature. Many such a native medicine found favour and success with our single-minded forefathers, this being the "reverent simplicity of ancienter times."
All herbalism started with simples. The reason for this study is to learn the story and folk lore of the herbs. These stories often stick in one's mind as a metaphor, making herbal prescription writing easier to commit to memory.
Considered a woman’s herb, the dew of this plant has fascinated various cultures through the ages. Some believed the dew of lady’s mantle would change into diamonds. Some early alchemists believed the dew could transform baser metals into gold. Much experimentation was done in pursuit of this belief. Another legend tells us that early on women believed the dew of the lady’s mantle could help them look young and beautiful forever. All they had to do, however, was to put their little toe into the dew under the full moon in May, but the woman must be naked when she did this or it wouldn’t work.
Herbal chemistry is different than biochemistry and pharmacognosy. It is a unique approach to herbs that developed in the 19th century. The categorization of herbs as 'stimulants,' decongestants, diuretics, etc. allowed a grouping of herbs, making it easier to develop formularies and individual prescriptions for patients.
If you wish to practice the real herbology of nature cure, a must take course!
25 clock hours.
MY botanical application of physiology and pharmacology is biased towards vitalist philosophy known to herbalism and eclectic medicine in the 19th century. Therapeutic Herbs are well chosen based on a long history of beneficial use and recorded herbal lore. Therapeutic herbs work rather poorly within the current medical/drug model; they neither block, shock, nor suppress physiologic functions. Herbs are generally ignored until demand at the market place forces a drug company to examine potential profit, or lure government agencies to forbade its use.
The best that can be said for common knowledge is that they modulate abnormal physiology back to homeostasis, used in weak (by allopathic standards) doses, effectively in homeopathic parlance, mother tinctures Ø (10% drug strength), to 1x (1:100) to even 2x dilution in simple herbal teas. We use the vital sciences to define constitutional, environmental and life-style factors in relation to illness. Since we cannot CREATE a new physical state, only God does, we only modulate existing potentials within the human body by using herbal and mineral dilutions and powders. With herbs, we try to STIMULATE native resistance, tone the body with tonics, STIMULATE blood flow to congested organs, unlock vascular beds where congestion (both lymphatic and vascular), drain the toxins and remove the impediments, re-establish the body’s microbial ecology, stimulate ATP production (with tonics), modulate the physiology with glycosides (and sometimes alkaloids); and to understand the factors that compromise homeostasis.
The focus of vitalistic herbal therapy is a spectrum:
- on self-limiting and acute disorders,
- chronic and functional disorders, and
- the subclinical imbalances that are not "ripe" enough to warrant a medical diagnosis but that compromise general health and that may in time lead to disease.
Regular Medicine uses procedures in intervening when native medicines and remedials have proved inadequate, e.g. in cancer, cataract, tumors, diabetes, renal failure, etc. The use of herbs by vitalists works by understanding the cell functions, cofactors and physiology of native strengths and weaknesses in order to extend them and recuperate the body from illness and imbalance. By imbalance, I mean, failure to adapt, to succumb to the stresses of life. Hence, I extend these vitalistic definitions, while being accurate in terms of today’s clinical practice, and may seem to emphasize strange notions, perhaps unknown aspects to the mundane mind, to those not educated on vitalistic principles of humoral medicines known to the ancients; but suffice to say, this IS vitalistic philosophy of medicine. Thus these coures on Herbal Philosophy are in print for study by students of vital herbalism as a profound benefit to humanity.
It's all a journey, this process of trying to help sick people with the ancient knowledge. The great arrogance of modern medicine is that it claims to be scientific in spite of its failures. I speak not of modern surgery, as they follow the rules of science and bring great benefit to mankind. Medicine however, ever since it peered into the microscope, into the unknown, ignored the ancient teachings and invented its own paradigm with bugs and drugs. When molecules mix with emotions and spirit, however, medicine becomes an art just as much of as a science. The vitalist principles are ancient, and time tested, drugs are experimental and generally toxic.
As medical doctor, I have no problem using drugs when they save lives, that is what they are for and to that we can thank modern science and pharmacy. But when a profession becomes bigoted, as medicine has amply displayed for more than one hundred years, it loses its credibility, becomes blind in its arrogance, and changes and truth will override it.
Doc, August, 2019
Nevis, West Indies
A rare course by Herbert Nowell, M.D. (died 27-Dec-1953, Vancouver, British Columbia) who was a Canadian physician and professor. He is most noted for his philosophy of medicine (based on the "vital force" theory), his defense of herbalism as a valid medical profession, and his role in the founding of Dominion Herbal College in 1926 out of concern regarding the abandonment of botanical medicine by much of the medical establishment.
This course will provide you with a basic and working understanding of HERBALISM ACCORDING TO MCWILLIAMS]. It is a system that clinically works in third world practice [applied on over 6,000 cases] and has managed some of the most difficult cases rejected and/or poisoned by medics.
Lesson 0: WHAT IS AN HERBALIST?: Professional Herbalism [Audio Lecture- 30 min.]Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Herb Lore
Lesson 3: Herbs & Spices
Lesson 4: The Constitution
Lesson 5: The Great Secret of Herbalism
Lesson 6: The Next Great Secret
Lesson 7: The Herbal Health Evaluation
HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE [INTAKE FORM] PDF document
Lesson 8: Another Great Secret
Lesson 9: Stimulants, Another Great Secret
LESSON 10: CONGESTION AND DECONGESTANTS
Lesson 11: Summing it UP
BONUS LECTURE - HEALTHOLOGY Media Player
Lesson 12: The Dietetic Constitution
Lesson 13: THE SAME FOODS BENEFIT SOME PERSONS YET HARM OTHERS
LESSON 14: THE SEAT OF DISORDER
Lesson 15: Herbs for the Diabolic Trinity
Lesson 16: East vs. West
Lesson 17: Cleansing Herbals
Lesson 18: Herbal Therapeutics