Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How To Make and Use Herbal Remedies To Strengthen the Nervous System

Storey. (Basics). 2014. 128p. index. ISBN 9781612124292. pap. $8.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612124308. HEALTH
Herbalist and author Gladstar (Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs) contends that the recurrent stress and anxiety experienced by so many people today lead to depletion, chronic fatigue, illness, and depression. She further asserts that it is our individual responses to our stressful circumstances that determine the health, resilience, and adaptability of our nervous system. She explains the functioning of the nervous system in easily understandable terms and elucidates self-help methods for strengthening it. She also points out that although herbs are not as fast-acting as allopathic medicine in dealing with acute pain, the toning of the nervous system by herbs (nerve tonics) nonetheless relieves and soothes discomfort while concurrently benefiting the whole body. The title focuses on specific herbs, giving cautions where needed, and offers many suggestions for use, instructions for preparation, and recipes for teas and tinctures. Also included are resource lists and reference title recommendations.
VERDICT Herbs have been used medicinally in China and other countries for centuries. Medicinal herbal use is becoming mainstream today and deserves an honest exploration. Gladstar's book accomplishes her goal to educate emotional sufferers regarding alternative treatments and is recommended.
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