Gilbert provides clear information on herbal medicine treatments that meet the distinctive needs of women. There are 25 topics covered, from anemia and Dysmenorrhea to pregnancy, menopause and endometriosis. A complete profile for 49 herbs is featured with the corresponding condition or ailment it treats along with an easy-to-follow protocol.
Every herb can be found in a local pharmacy or health food store, and special instructions are included for the safety of each herb with potential adverse effects and drug interactions.
The easy-to-understand format, combined with the most current research information available, make this an indispensable guide for women.
I like reading about how to treat things naturally and that's why this book caught my eye. It was especially interesting because it is focused on women's issue. The author is a Naturopathic Doctor with an inclusive clinical practice with focuses on women's health and mental health here in Toronto.
There are three parts to the book:
- Introduction to herbal medicine - history, how to use the herbs, etc.
- Women's health conditions
- Women's medicinal herbs
Right at the beginning of the book, there is a chart which is a quick guide to herbal treatments. Under the health conditions section, there is a lot more detail:
- a description of what it is
- signs and symptoms
- associated conditions
- first-line herbal care
- other herbal treatments
- common combinations
- conventional medical treatments
- case studies
- forklore info
Also right at the beginning of the book, there is a chart which is a quick guide to various herbs. Under the herbs section, there are details:
- current medical uses
- history and energetics
- research evidence
- further reading
Here are some handy things to know from the book:
- Cinnamon blunts the blood sugar spikes from super sweet foods (we put cinnamon in our shakes in the morning).
- Ginger is a great herb for nausea, arthritis and menstrual cramps.
- Lemon balm is useful for anxiety and cold sores.
The book is written in an easy-to-read way and is a great guide to have handy.