Herbal Medicine: Trends and Traditions

Herbal Medicine: Trends and Traditions
Herbal Medicine: Trends and Traditions, 2009

For the both the enthusiast and the professional Herbal Medicine: Trends and Traditions is a comprehensive sourcebook detailing the essentials of contemporary herbal medicine. Over 100 of the most popular herbal medicines are covered in depth. Medicinal use, indication, chemistry, dosage, caution, botanical description, and collection method are broadly discussed for each plant. An extensive section is dedicated to preparation technique: tinctures, fluidextracts, ointments, salves, syrups, and many other preparations are thoroughly covered. Included are over 50 color plates designed to assist the reader in plant identification. Appendices include a therapeutic index, percolation/fluidextract worksheets, weights and measures listing, and an extensive repository with preparation and dosage listings for over 400 additional herbal medicines. Painstakingly indexed, the book includes a full bibliography and a comprehensive glossary.

Relevant and approachable, Trends and Tradition’s style is authentic and rational. It is a departure from the quoting of study results, the hipster-1960s-esque, or it will cure whatever ails you styles so commonly seen today. Above all consider it a genuine rendering from someone within the field, designed to change a vague subject into a useful tool.


‘Herbal Medicine: Trends & Traditions shares with readers the pragmatic experience of a focused man rather than the notions of one who reads and teaches about herbs. The point of the book, then, is to communicate in an accessible way how plants help people. Trends & Traditions achieves its aim with a clarity that makes it an essential resource for everyone who wishes to use both popular and less familiar Western herbs for medicine.’ — HerbalGram

‘Voted in 2010 as a Best of Reference.’ — New York Public Library

‘This resource is so much more than Grandma’s stash of cranberry juice, warm milk, and lavender oils. Though the plants help people approach is as old as the family tree, this deeper look into alternative treatment is attention-grabbing and inspiring.’ — Foreword Magazine

‘His titles are popular among the general public and are found in the libraries of Harvard and Cornell.’ — Baker and Taylor’s Forecast

‘a scholarly study of folk and natural medicines as well as a guide to the preparation and use of wild plants as alternative remedies for what ails you.’ — Booklist


  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lincoln Town Press; First edition (May 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 097713332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977133321

and…printed and bound in the USA.

Author, Researcher, Clinician. Latest titles: Wild Edible Plants of Texas: Vol 1, 2nd Ed (2021), Wild Edible Plants of California: Vol 1 (2021), Wild Edible Plants of Utah (2020).