Peter Holmes has created the definitive guide to understanding European and American herbs from the perspective of Asian traditional medicine. This revised 3rd edition includes detailed chapters on integrating Western and Eastern philosophies and an extensive materia medica that includes herbs for eliminating, restoring, draining, altering, regulating, and treating symptoms.
Each herbal monograph includes the many names for the plant, the part(s) used, therapeutic categories, constituents, and how the qualities relate to the Asian energetic systems of taste, temperature, and meridians/organ systems. Holmes also explores how each herb functionally works within the energetic system of traditional Asian medicine and the best preparation of that herb for patients. This is volume one of a two-volume set.