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Native Healers
Foundations in Western Herbal Medicine
co-author Mary Tassell, co-author Anita Ralph
ISBN: 9781912807116
Book (Paperback)
AEON Books, AEON Books
6 x 9
288 pages
B&W line drawings
August 31, 2020

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This book is intended to serve as both a convenient and informative companion text to the online coursework that constitutes the Heartwood Foundation (UK) Course in Western Herbal Medicine, and also to inform interested members of the general public about the fundamental principles and practices of Western Herbal Medicine.

Practical information concerning the use of safe, gentle, and effective herbs will be included, as will advice concerning the hands-on making of home remedies.

The book is also intended as a source of comprehensive information for other health-care practitioners such as GPs, nurse practitioners, and complementary medicine practitioners on the underlying principles and evidence base of herbal medicine.

Ultimately the book aims to provide a useful resource for students of Western Herbal Medicine, GPs, and other health-care professionals and interested members of the general public alike, delivering quality and well referenced information concerning the modern-day philosophy of practice of a centuries-old healing modality. The writing style will be simple, entertaining, and accessible, but underpinned by solid factual foundations.

Mary Tassell commenced training to become a medical herbalist in 1996, after working for over ten years within an NHS setting in clinical biochemistry. On graduating she became a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) in 2000, subsequently taking over editorship of their in-house magazine for a number of years. Her professional career has also included teaching at both Western Herbal Medicine training clinics and at the Northern College of Acupuncture, where she taught anatomy and physiology and herb/drug interactions. She strongly believes that medicine should not be a one-size-fits-all discipline and actively encourages and enables her patients to adopt strategies to improve their own health wherever possible. Mary completed an MSc in Western Herbal Medicine in 2006. She runs a variety of informal courses, walks, and workshops in the Dorset area. Visit her online at
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Anita Ralph began full-time training to become a medical herbalist in 1987 and on graduating became a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) in 1991. Anita has practiced in Kent since then, completing an MSc in herbal medicine in 2006. She is also a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. Anita runs a busy multidisciplinary clinic and dispensary in West Malling in Kent, and also collaborates with a consultant gynecologist, providing a more individualized and integrated gynecology service to women with gynecological problems. She is currently a tutor for Heartwood online learning and is lead author for a Foundation Course for all those interested in the study and practice of herbalism.
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