Simon Mills' books

Simon Mills' books

kate
kate

July 20th, 2008, 11:27 pm #1

Does anyone know Simon Mills' The Complete Guide to Modern Herbalism? Is it similar to or the same as The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine? I have the latter (which is fantastic) but am wondering if the Complete Guide is a similar book in different clothing or if it's substantially different.

thanks,
kate.
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July 29th, 2008, 8:26 am #2


Hi Kate

Sorry about the late reply, I don't have either of Simon Mill's books to be able to compare them, however I've just done a comparrision on Amazon and the synopsis for each book is:-

<SPAN id=btAsinTitle><STRONG>The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine </STRONG>(Aimed at the practioner, this is not a book of remedies)</SPAN>

"This is a reference book which combines modern medical principles and traditional medicine into a modern philosophy of herbalism. Beginning with human pathology, this book shows how plants act on the body, and how research has demonstrated that herbs are viable medicines in today's scientific climate. A pharmacology describes the active constituents of plants, while a "materia medica" describes over 200 plants and shows how to recognize them, prepare them and use them for healing purposes."

<STRONG>Review</STRONG> - "This book takes us comprehensively through the modern approach to herbal medicine. Aimed more at the practitioner than at the lay reader, it is nonetheless a useful read for anyone interested in using a naturopathic or herbal approach. Especially interesting is the section on alternative methodologies for research and why it is difficult to submit herbal and other holistic approaches to the classical double-blind trial. Worth adding to your library if you have more than a passing interesting in herbalism or indeed any other holistic approach to healing. "

<SPAN id=btAsinTitle><STRONG>The Complete Guide to Modern Herbalism
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"An introduction to herbal medicine which describes each remedy, showing its main actions and most usual therapeutic applications. " There is also a review of this book on the same page... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Guide- ... 0722529457

"Certain plants are more accessible and safer alternatives to synthetic drugs and can be very powerful curative agents. This book is not an instruction manual but serves as an interpretation of herbal medicine based on the practical experience of expert medical herbalists. The A - Z list includes herbs (described in terms of their functional effects on the body), symptoms and diseases, therapeutic classifications and other miscellaneous entries. Herbal infusions and decoctions for home use are described and other techniques are briefly defined. The book is a valuable reference work but not the best work on the subject currently on the market. "

I'm not sure if the above is useful or not, but it may be of some use

Debs
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kevin brown
kevin brown

July 30th, 2008, 3:37 am #3

Hi Kate and Debs,
The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine was originally published under the title "Out of the Earth" and is very much a reference/text book.The Complete Book of Modern Herbalism,if it is in A to Z form,first appeared as "The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism" and is more directed towards the general public.Hope this helps.

Kevin
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kate
kate

July 31st, 2008, 9:40 am #4

Thank-you both
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