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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
614 pages
color photographs and line drawings throughout
August 31, 2020


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Native Healers is a foundation text on the fundamental principles of Western herbal medicine and how to implement them in practice by two leaders in their field. It combines the latest in scientific research with the wisdom of ancient traditions to reveal a system of healing that is flexible, supportive, powerful, and kind. Presenting a view of the body and its systems which is unique to Western herbal medicine, Native Healers provides a clear and comprehensive overview of basic treatment approaches to common conditions and the herbs used to heal them. This book serves as an informative companion to the Heartwood Foundation Course in Western Herbal Medicine and is an indispensable resource for students, healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in herbal medicine.

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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