The Healing Remedies Sourcebook

Over 1000 Natural Remedies to Prevent and Cure Common Ailments

C. Norman Shealy

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C. NORMAN SHEALY MD, PHD is the founder of the American Holistic Medicine
Association and a world-renowned neurosurgeon. He is the director of the Shealy Institute in
Springfield, Missouri—a center for comprehensive health care and pain and stress management. He
has written many books, including Miracles Do Happen and The Self-Healing Workbook, and has
also acted as consultant editor on The Complete Family Guide to Alternative Medicine.
KAREN SULLIVAN is the author of many books on alternative health and nutrition,
including In a Nutshell: Vitamins and Minerals. She has also acted as general editor on The Complete
Illustrated Guide to Natural Home Remedies and lectures widely on women’s health and general
health issues.
SHEILA LAVERY writes widely on healthcare for several magazines and newspapers. Her
work, which often focuses on children’s health issues, has also been included in various
encyclopedias of alternative health. She specializes in herbalism and aromatherapy, and she is the
author of In a Nutshell: Aromatherapy.
EVE ROGANS began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1981 and has undergone
clinical training in China. She is the author of In a Nutshell: Chinese Medicine, and she works in a
private practice where she specializes in pediatric acupuncture.
NON SHAW is a professional herbalist. She teaches herbalism, massage, and Bach Flower
Remedies and has written the herbalism and Bach Flower Remedy sections in a range of health
reference books. She writes for several health and women’s magazines and is co-founder of a
publication for independent herb users.
MARY CLARK has been a practitioner of healing and esoteric arts for over 20 years. She has
studied Ayurveda, nutrition, herbalism, aromatherapy, and stress management and is trained in
astrology and consulting the I Ching, with a focus on medical diagnosis. She uniquely combines
approaches in her work for various corporations including Forbes, Sony, and Barnes & Noble.
PIPPA DUNCAN is former editor of one of the U.K.’s leading health magazines and now
works for a variety of monthly publications, specializing in children’s health. She has contributed to
several reference books on family healthcare, including The Complete Family Guide to Alternative

THE INCREASED USE OF NATURAL medicines and remedies
over the past decade has prompted one of the most exciting
developments in healthcare in our time. Many of the tenets of
modern medicine have been challenged, and the crisis that
conventional healthcare is now facing is the result of its own
philosophy. The main premise of conventional medicine is that curing
disease will lead to good health. This ignores the fundamental concept
that pathology is individual to the sufferer, and that prevention is
ultimately more important than treatment for the population at large.
This idea is borne out by the fact that modern medicine is simply not as efficient
or effective as we have been led to believe; indeed, evidence suggests that it may
cause and create more fatal diseases than it cures, and despite the huge sums of
money invested, the populations of the U.K., Australia, the U.S., and most of
Europe do not live as long or as healthily as people from other cultures, where
healthcare investment is substantially lower.

Adverse drug reactions and side-effects are one of the 10 most common
reasons for hospitalization in the U.S. The information provided to doctors and
physicians throughout the course of their careers is largely funded by the
pharmaceutical industry, which earns billions each year from sales of
prescription and over-the-counter medicines. As a result, we, in the West, have
been encouraged to adopt a “pill-popping” approach to health—taking an
average of 26.5 million pills per hour. Sleeping tablets, analgesics (painkillers),
antihistamines, sedatives, and antidepressants rank among the top 20 drugs
prescribed by physicians, and more than 52 million aspirin or acetaminophen
tablets are taken each day in the U.S.

Perhaps the most alarming result of this over-dependence upon drugs is the
fact that we have stopped taking responsibility for our own health. When we
have a headache, we take a painkiller; when we have a cold, we might take an
antihistamine. We suppress the symptoms of health conditions because we want
to feel better; we no longer accept the logic that pain or discomfort is a message
from our body that something is wrong. We have become used to the idea that
someone or something else can deal with our health problems. By taking a pill or
conventional medicine in some form, we do experience a relief from symptoms,
but what is important to remember is that the cause of the pain or illness
remains. By treating the symptoms, or suppressing them, we are doing nothing
to treat the root cause. Eczema sufferers apply ointments and creams to the
surface of the skin; they may take anti-inflammatories or antihistamines to ease
the itching, but the cause of the eczema is still there and the body’s reaction has
been masked by drugs. They have not been cured. Their illness has merely been
controlled. Recently, this trend has begun to change. Scares about the sideeffects
and long-term effects of immunization, abuse of painkillers,
antihistamines, and antibiotics have proved that conventional medicine, despite
its many miracles, has been overused and we have become far too dependent on
it. Many of us are no longer happy to accept the risks of prescription drugs, and
are realizing that there are natural, healthy alternatives. With the increased
interest in diet, emotional health and well-being, and exercise, we are becoming
more in tune with our bodies and are choosing to listen to the messages they
give. Even more importantly, we are taking steps to prevent illness rather than
simply treat it when it does arise, and for this reason we are willing to try natural
substances that not only treat health conditions, at cause level, but work with the
body to keep it well. Natural remedies are more likely to make you feel better,
more vital, and more alert; they have fewer side-effects and because they work
actively to prevent illness, they are, perhaps, the answer to the healthcare crisis
that has been spiraling out of control.

Our understanding of how different cultures approach healthcare is
blossoming. Figures show that many common Western illnesses, such as eczema,
asthma, and digestive problems simply do not exist to the same degree in other
countries. We have a greater understanding of how disease can be prevented and
cured using herbs, oils, homeopathic remedies, food, vitamins and nutritional
supplements, and other substances that encourage our bodies to work at their
optimum level.
The sale of natural products has increased hugely. Our approach to our health
is changing dramatically, and this increased interest is being fed by a broad range
of products from around the world that are now available in our local stores. Our
growing understanding of holistic treatment has encouraged us to examine the
healing practices of cultures from around the world, and from each we can
gather invaluable information about diet, lifestyle, illness, health, and wellbeing.
The modern clinical emphasis on separating different aspects of our
physical, mental, and spiritual health has resulted in a dehumanizing of
medicine. By treating the whole person, holistic therapies can restore the proper
balance and promote a sense of complete well-being, inside and out.
This book concentrates on the remedies that form the basis of eight
international therapeutic disciplines: homeopathy, aromatherapy, Chinese herbal
medicine, herbalism, Ayurveda, flower essences, folk or traditional medicine
(also called home remedies), and nutrition. These remedies can be used to
encourage and enhance good health and to treat and prevent illnesses, both
chronic and acute. Many of these remedies are derived from plants, which have a
wide variety of therapeutic uses; indeed, up to 140 conventional drugs in use
today are based on plants and herbs.

A large number of these remedies have been in use for thousands of years, and
it was the practice of herbalism and other disciplines that made it possible for so
many of our conventional drugs to be created. However, pharmaceutical
companies isolate and often synthesize the active ingredient of a plant or herb,
and many practitioners believe that this causes side-effects and other problems
that do not occur when the substance is taken in its whole, natural form.
Isolating the active ingredients of plants produces powerful and often toxic
drugs, while medical herbalism offers a gentler, safer, and less disruptive effect,
allowing the body to undertake its own natural healing process.
There are over 1000 remedies outlined in this book, many of which you can
grow or purchase from a reputable health store. Others will be items from your
larder—everyday goods with healing and therapeutic properties that may
surprise you. Each of the remedy sources has a data file of features, cautions,
and other useful information, and there are often recipes for practical
applications. Each of the main eight disciplines is also introduced, which helps
you to understand how, for instance, the use of something like cinnamon or
ginseng differs between Western and Chinese herbalism, and between folk
medicine and Ayurveda. You’ll learn how a rose aromatherapy oil is different
from a rose flower essence, how vitamin C and healthy bacteria can encourage
good health, and how belladonna, a poisonous substance, can be taken in tiny
dilutions to relieve fevers and other problems. You’ll discover natural
alternatives to caffeine and sleeping pills, laxatives, and antacids, in remedies
that strengthen your mind and body, lift your mood, calm your nerves, and
enhance your resistance to infection and illness.

Around 200 common ailments are also discussed in detail, with practical
examples of how you can use the remedies from around the world to cure or
prevent them. We are on the brink of an exciting new era in healthcare, and with
the benefit of these remedies, presented in easy-to-follow files, grouped by the
discipline in which they are most often used, you and your family can
experiment with safe substitutes to conventional medicines by following the
comprehensive instructions. These remedies are the medicine of the future, and
this is the essential guide for anyone who wants to take responsibility for their
own health. By using only a few of these remedies, you can live longer and with
a better quality of life. These are the secrets of good health from around the
world; experiment with care and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Table of Contents
How to Use This Book
An Introduction to Ayurveda
An Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine
An Introduction to Traditional Home and Folk Remedies
An Introduction to Herbalism
An Introduction to Aromatherapy
An Introduction to Homeopathy
An Introduction to Flower Remedies
An Introduction to Vitamins and Minerals
Disorders of the Mind and Emotions
Disorders of the Brain and Nerves
Skin and Hair Problems
Eye Problems
Ear Problems
Nasal Problems
Dental Problems
Mouth and Throat Problems
Lung and Respiratory Disorders
Heart, Blood, and Circulatory Disorders
Disorders of the Digestive System
Disorders of the Urinary System
Disorders of the Reproductive System: Female
Disorders of the Reproductive System: Male
Disorders of the Endocrine System
Disorders of the Immune System
Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System
Common Childhood Ailments
First Aid

Editor in Chief: C. Norman Shealy
General Editor: Karen Sullivan
Cataloging-in-Publication data for this book is
available from the Library of Congress.
First published in 1998 by HarperCollinsPublishers
First Da Capo Press edition 2012

Published by Da Capo Press
A Member of the Perseus Books Group

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