Expand Your Understanding of Clinical Herbal Medicine

In this clinical herbal medicine section I want to present to you some DVDs that can be useful in increasing your knowledge of specific aspects of herbalism. As a professional herbalist your practice of natural medicine can be enhanced with a better understanding of particular herbal traditions, scientific analysis of herbs and herbal actions, and case studies of various health conditions.

“Most herbal use has been very parochial and empirical: local reputations have often been disparate; herbal lore has rarely traveled well. However, herbs have also provided the basis for the great medical systems in human history, of Hippocrates and Galen and the great Islamic medical eras, of the Ayurveda of the Indian subcontinent, of waves of Chinese systemizations over two millennia and the many smaller cultural traditions that were often hybrids of the foregoing. All these systems were formed in large part by the peculiar characteristics of their materia medica; plants have clearly demanded and been granted their own therapeutic approach. The era of grand systems has probably passed but it may be time to develop a new coherent approach to herb use for a scientific age. Apart from a general view that herbs are safer, there has been only a fragmentary rationale for using them as medicines in modern times. Now that there are increasing media attacks on herbal safety, mostly alarmist, there is the risk that even the perceived safety advantage is being whittled away. There is a pressing need to salvage from the wealth of tradition, empirical practices and modern research a new positive, muscular and consistent pharmacological strategy that can meet the valid challenges of medical science, the safety and the placebo issues above all.”

From the introduction of “Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy” by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone

Choose From These Titles

"Aromaherbalism" with Mindy Green

"Cancer: A Look at Conventional & Alternative Therapies" with Victoria Fortner

"Chronic Problems" with Susun Weed

"The Endocrine System" with Phyllis D. Light

"Fire In The Belly" with K.P. Khalsa

"Food Allergy and Intolerance" with Paul Bergner

"Herbal Actions" with David Hoffmann

"Holistic Pain Management" with K.P. Khalsa

"Influenza" with Paul Bergner

"Legal Issues in Herbalism" with Roy Upton

"Obesity" with Paul Bergner

"Sleep Debt" with Paul Bergner

"The Southern Herbal Tradition" with Phyllis Light and Matthew Wood  

"Western Phytotherapy" with Amanda McQuade Crawford

"Women's Endocrine Health" with Phyllis Light

The American Herbalists Guild

The American Herbalists Guild was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. Our primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism.

The mission of the American Herbalists Guild is to:

• Honor diversity in herbal medicine, ranging from traditional indigenous models of herbalism to modern clinical phytotherapy.

• Establish AHG professional membership as a recognizable standard of competency in botanical medicine.

• Encourage the development of high standards of education that promote well-trained professional practitioners who offer high quality herbal care.

• Promote ecological health and increase awareness of issues surrounding plant sustainability.

• Strengthen the network of support and communication between herbal practitioners nationally and internationally.

• Foster high standards of ethics and integrity in the education and the practice of therapeutic herbalism.

• Promote cooperation between herbal practitioners and other health care providers, integrating herbalism into community health care.

• Serve as a liaison to other professional associations and regulatory agencies.

• Promote research in herbal medicine.

To find out more about clinical herbal medicine and the American Herbalists Guild, click here.

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In this clip herbalist David Hoffmann talks about the herb fennel and the incorrect assumption by some scientists that it is toxic. Listen in:

“It is time for herbalists to lose what might be described as our ghetto mentality, a sense of inferiority developed through years of cultural disdain for and active suppression of our therapeutic modality. However, this will also entail abandoning our negative, knee-jerk reaction to the “system,” which often takes the reprehensible form of an arrogant condemnation of medical doctors and a delusion of standing on higher moral ground. On the other hand, those working within the established scientific, medical, and legislative communities must acknowledge the need to apply scientific objectivity in assessing the existing evidence about herbs. If phytotherapy is illuminated with the light of critical evaluation, much of value will be found.”
David Hoffmann from “Medical Herbalism.”

Go to David Hoffmann's page for the complete "Herbal Actions" DVD set