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Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 4


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Introduction Chapter 1: The Art of Herbal Formulation Chapter 2: Creating Herbal Formulas for Neurologic Conditions Chapter 3: Creating Herbal Formulas for Psychiatric Conditions Chapter 4: Creating Herbal Formulas for Headaches and Pain Acknowledgments Botanical Names to Common Names Common Names to Botanical Names Notes Glossary Index

About the Author

Dr. Jill Stansbury is a naturopathic physician with over 30 years of clinical experience. She served as the chair of the Botanical Medicine Department of the National University of Natural Medicine for more than 20 years. She remains on the faculty, teaching and leading ethnobotany field courses in the Amazon. She is the author of Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1 through Volume 5, and is the co-author of The PCOS Health and Nutrition Guide. Dr. Stansbury lives in Battle Ground, Washington, and is the medical director of Battle Ground Healing Arts. She also runs an herbal apothecary featuring many of her own custom formulas.


"Formulation is one of the key elements of a clinical herbalist's practice. It is also an aspect that intimidates many practitioners, especially those newer to herbal medicine. Jill Stansbury's book is a valuable guide to formulation that will lend a strong guiding hand for herbalists of all skill levels. Her language is clear, instructive, and easy to read. She gives multiple examples drawn from her extensive practice, and her explanations offer direction for working with individual patients. Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1 is a comprehensive and practical book that I will recommend to my herbal students."-7Song, director of Northeast School of Botanical Medicine; Director of Holistic Medicine, Ithaca Free Clinic

"Reading Dr. Stansbury's formulary has quickly supported us in updating and filling in gaps in our dispensary stock to better serve our customers. I believe this book will similarly inform the dispensing practices of practitioners of all experience levels looking to glean insight from one of the most experienced herbalist physicians in the United States.

"Previous efforts have been predominately geared toward licensed acupuncturists or naturopathic physicians, but these volumes will speak to a broader, dynamic audience. This book offers mature templates for improvisation to treat a myriad of complex health conditions with botanical medicines."-Benjamin Zappin, LAc, herbalist; cofounder of Five Flavors Herbs

"Dr. Jill Stansbury's Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals is a formidable accomplishment and historic contribution to the rapidly developing field of botanical medicine. Herbal Formularies is practical and immediately usable for anyone interested in the applications of herbal medicine. Its depth will satisfy senior clinicians, academic researchers, and medical educators, while its accessibility will greatly further the education of students and the serious lay person."-David Crow, LAc, founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures

"Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1 delves deeply into herbal formulas for digestive, liver, urinary, and skin problems, along with descriptions and, where known, causes of these problems. In a chapter on the art of formulation, Jill Stansbury outlines example cases and provides appropriate formulas for each. Her considerations are fascinating. This refreshing work will be highly useful for both serious students and practitioners."-Henriette Kress, herbalist; founder of Henriette's Herbal Homepage

"Accomplished naturopathic physician Dr. Jill Stansbury brings her vast clinical experience, deep knowledge, commitment, and passion for herbs to this exciting modern-day formulary. Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1 is an extensive reference guide to the creation of classic herbal formulas using traditional herbal healing wisdom as well as modern science. This text should be a foundational part of herbal education. There is no other formulary as comprehensive or as accessible to the clinician; this book truly fills an empty space in the list of current herbal clinical education publications."-Dr. Mary Bove, ND, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants

"Esteemed clinical herbalist and naturopathic physician Jill Stansbury shares thirty years of experience with botanical medicines from all over the globe in this incredibly helpful text, which is part guidebook, part materia medica, and part recipe-based formulary, laced with an enthusiastic appreciation of all things herbal. It will no doubt be a frequently referenced text in the library of any herbal practitioner."-Timothy Miller, ND, MAc, LAc, RA, founder of Naturopathic CE

"Fabulous! This book is an outstanding resource. Dr. Jill Stansbury, one of the most respected herbalists and naturopathic doctors of our time, has created an up-to-date formulary that combines the best of traditional formulas with modern research and her own extensive clinical experience."-Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist; founder of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center

"Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume I is simply the best text available for the modern clinical practice of Western herbal medicine. It's likely to become an instant classic and essential book for any student of herbal medicine, as well as seasoned practitioners."-Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc, fourth-generation herbalist

"There are many herb books, but few address the fine points of clinical herbal prescribing. To remedy this deficiency, Dr. Jill Stansbury, ND, has written perhaps the best herbal formulary since the days of the renowned Eclectic physicians. . . . Each section and page clearly shows the skill, experience, and expertise of the author and will help even the seasoned naturopathic physician or herbalist improve their clinical practice and success in treating their patients."-David Winston, RH (AHG), dean of David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies; founder of Herbal Therapeutics Research Library

"Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals is a gift to all healthcare practitioners seeking to heal their patients through a natural medicine approach. The expertise of Dr. Stansbury is extraordinary. This text is not a simple guide; it is a fascinating educational read and treatment formulary that is practical and evidence-based."-Mimi Guarneri, MD, president, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

"Dr. Stansbury is a prescient, loving steward of the Standing Green Nation. Deeply loved by herbalists globally, her mentoring and clinical mastery powerfully manifest in this set of formularies. It is at once classic, complete, and enduring, offering herbal medicine savvy and deep research through articulate narratives and formulations for many conditions. Dr. Stansbury is always modest, grateful, and curious. Her friends, the sentient plants of a living earth, know this. Pachamama, too. The volumes themselves are beautiful objects whose rich content and elegant design are exemplary and respectful of this hard-earned, cumulative wisdom."-David J. Schleich, PhD, president, National University of Natural Medicine

"Jill Stansbury is a quintessential medicine woman in today's world. Her rich experience as a clinician and professor of naturopathic medicine is palpable, and she writes with a compassionate knowing that the mental health field so keenly deserves. She grounds this formulary through her deep respect and dedication to indigenous wisdom that she has experienced and supported through her work in the Peruvian Amazon as well as with other wisdom keepers. Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals are the texts my clinic students have been waiting for."-Kat Maier, director of Sacred Plant Traditions; board president, United Plant Savers

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