Join Guido Masé, cofounder of The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, to learn how health care can be easy, delicious, and effective with The Wild Medicine Solution.
Blending traditional herbal medicine with history, mythology, clinical practice, and recent findings in physiology and biochemistry, Masé's new book, The Wild Medicine Solution, explores the three classes of plants necessary for the healthy functioning of our bodies and minds--aromatics, bitters, and tonics. Masé explains how bitter plants ignite digestion, balance blood sugar, buffer toxicity, and improve metabolism; how tonic plants normalize the functions of our cells and nourish the immune system; and how aromatic plants relax tense organs, nerves, and muscles and stimulate sluggish systems, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. He reveals how wild plants regulate our heart variability rate and adjust the way DNA is read by our cells, controlling the self-destructive tendencies that lead to chronic inflammation or cancer.
Offering examples of ancient and modern uses of wild plants in each of the 3 classes--from aromatic peppermint to bitter dandelion to tonic chocolate--Masé provides easy recipes to integrate them into meals as seasonings and as central ingredients in soups, stocks, salads, and grain dishes as well as including formulas for teas, spirits, and tinctures. Providing a framework for safe and effective use as well as new insights to enrich the practice of advanced herbalists, he shows how healing “wild plant deficiency syndrome”--that is, adding wild plants back into our diets--is vital not only to our health but also to our spiritual development.
Guido Masé is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward. The cofounder and codirector of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, he is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, the American Botanical Council, and United Plant Savers. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont.
Kristen says, "In The Wild Medicine Solution, Guido Mase offers an elegant yet
accessible framework for using herbal medicine: Mase suggests that
three classes of herbs - aromatics, with their soothing and uplifting
qualities; bitters, which function as digestive stimulants; and
nourishing tonics - are uniquely suited for balancing the physical and
psychological stresses of modern life. He offers several examples of
herbs in each of these categories; many, like ginger and chocolate, will
be familiar even to readers who don't have a background in herbalism.
Mase offers lots of practical information - like simple recipes for each
herb - and also deftly places the use of these herbs in the context of
recent medical history as well as thousands of years of traditional
herbalism. This book offers insights for even experienced herbalists
but - with a writing style that is both articulate and conversational -
The Wild Medicine Solution will appeal to anyone looking to get or stay
healthy in a challenging world."