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The Humoral Herbal
A Practical Guide to the Western Energetic System
Stephen Taylor
ISBN: 9781912807109
Book (Paperback)
AEON Books, Aeon Books
$34.95
7.4 x 9.7
200 pages
b/w line drawings
May 30, 2021


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For Sale in North America Only


Not since the times of Nicholas Culpeper has there been an herbal that is truly founded in the Western tradition of medicine, a tradition that has been in existence since the time of the Ancient Greek healers and philosophers Hippocrates and Galen.



This book provides a clear description of the basic concepts of traditional humoral medicine: how to recognize imbalances in the humors and how to correct them with herbs, lifestyle, and diet. There are clear tables and charts showing how the different humors function and influence health. By exploring the medieval astrological symbolism of the planets, we are shown how best to connect herbs, healing, and treatment. The theory contained is backed up by a comprehensive herbal, giving the humoral and planetary characteristics of each herb and how to choose the correct remedy to enable health to return. The herbal traces the traditional uses of western herbs; it also shares the author’s experience of how to use the herbs to treat people successfully, and with the addition of modern medical insights gives guidance on how to apply that healing wisdom for our benefit today.


During his twenty-five years of practice as an herbalist, Stephen Taylor has explored the traditional foundations of Western medicine, drawing inspiration from the ancient herbalists Hippocrates and Galen, and the medieval herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. While exploring the surviving folk traditions of Europe, he has also trained in Eastern and African traditions of ancient medicine. Having made extensive visits to learn from the traditional healers of Africa, he eventually became initiated as a traditional healer and diviner himself. He continues to practice herbal medicine, teach, and research, and he grows and produces many of his own medicines.
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