Best Audience: Serious students with a passion for Traditional Western Herbalism or energetics
When I first began studying herbal medicine, I picked up my copy of The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines by Matthew Wood. At the time, I wanted to better understand the language of energetics as applied to plants and herbal practice. I hoped that Matthew’s work would gie me the grounding I desired.
It did, and it didn’t. Energetics and the language of the old European physicians is often poetic and quite descriptive. I read The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines then and felt like I had a toehold into understanding. Now, after considerably more years of study and practice, I understand far more fully…and I still love Matthew’s tome on using plants as medicines.
For folks who are just starting out, I recommend reading The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism by Matthew Wood before digging into The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines. The latter is full of practical and understandable examples of how to use the selection of herbs Matthew has chosen. While you can certainly travel the path I did, giving them a try and mapping your own experience to the language of energetics, I think you’ll find it easier to have a basic understanding of the system first.
However you decide to persue your studies, if energetics are part of your practice you’ll no doubt want to give The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines by Matthew Wood a thorough read. I actually have two copies on my bookshelf – one for me and a loaner/travel copy that’s beat up but still quite functional!
The Bottom Line: The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines by Matthew Wood has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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