Herbal Medicines And Moving Toward Source: An Interview With Francis Brinker
Francis Brinker, ND, helps the listener move from considering purchasing an herb on a grocery store aisle for a symptom (a uniquely American and rational, reductionist use of herbs) through the history, science and ultimately holistic understanding of our human relationship with plants and their potential to support our wholeness.
Dr. Brinker asks the listener to consider, “How close do you want to be to the source?” and points out in the interview that this question can shift the person’s view from a rational-reductionist view of treating symptoms to an awareness of the potential in relationship with plants.
Dr. Brinker’s work has influenced and shaped our understanding of herbal medicine today. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Medicine as well as the author of numerous books, including Complex Herbs, Complete Medicines and the first book of its kind published in 1997, Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions. His latest book is All American Berries: Potent Foods for Lasting Health, expands on the knowledge of native plants to support health and even reverse disease.
About This Book
Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions Plus Herbal Adjuncts with Medicines, 4thed.
“I have kept a copy of this book close at hand since the first edition was published in 1997. Through all four editions, as my herb safety questions have become more precise and extensive, it has consistently answered them. This expanded 2010 edition addresses “herbal agents” rather than herbs, acknowledging that herbal extracts and components are often used, rather than the whole herb. It also includes a new section on the potentially beneficial herbal-drug combinations and highlights combinations that might be beneficial in specific conditions. As in each of the previous editions, the appendices offer ready references to specific questions, such as herbals that fall into specific categories such as those to be used with caution in specific conditions and due to specific potential effects, and herbal-drug interactions that modify or potentiate specific effects of certain medicines or in specific conditions. Most of all, I appreciate that the author never stops researching, documenting, and updating the information that will appear in the next edition and makes that information available on an ongoing basis.”
Gayle Engels, Special Projects Director