Dr. Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., is the author of the book "Planetary Herbology." He is one of this country's most respected herbalists, a practitioner and teacher who has taught and lectured widely. His eclectic background studies in American Indian herbalism, the herbal system of Dr. John Christopher, and the traditional oriental medicine systems of India and China (TCM), contribute a special richness to his teaching.
In this video Michael discusses the origins of Planetary Herbology and takes you on an herb walk through his extensive gardens. Herbs discussed include peony, celandine, motherwort, skullcap, comfrey, he shou wu, albisia, honeysuckle, mulberry, dong quai, and more.
In this clip from the DVD, Michael begins to explain Planetary Herbology
Time: 1hr 48min
"Drugs are a poor substitute for plants. They may be helpful for short-term or acute conditions, but their long-term action often depletes the primary life-force because of their inorganic nature. I believe that the reliance on chemical medicine contributes to a culture that is destroying our innate love of nature. Herbal medicine, therefore, relates to larger spiritual and political issues. If we do not reestablish our connection with the universe and natural healing, we may not be likely to survive as a species. We must replace our present medicines of death with those of life. Our concern as herbalists is not merely technical or medical, but planetary and humanistic."
Michael Tierra from "Planetary Herbology"
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