To which is Now Added, Upwards of One Hundred Additional Herbs, with a Display of Their Medicinal and Occult Qualities ; Physically Applied to the Cure of All Disorders Incident to Mankind. To which is Now First Annexed His English Physician Englarged, and Key to Physic, with Rules for Compounding Medicine According to the True System of Nature. Forming a Complete Family Dispensatory, and Natural System of Physic to which is Added Upwards of Fifty Choice Receipts, Selected from the Author's Last Legacy to His Wife
Nicholas Culpeper was a seventeenth-century English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer. Published over 350 years ago as a practical health guide, The Complete Herbal (1653), is still the most complete and definitive herbal available today. It contains a rich store of pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge, including herbs and where to find them, herb preparation, plasters, and much more.
Updated and illustrated in full color, this classic retains the charm and elegance of Culpeper's 17th-century text. "Beautiful, affordable and particularly relevant...identifies both medicinal virtues and modern uses of each plant. In addition to beautiful color illustrations to help with identification of each plant, readers can contrast the ideas of the 16th and 17th centuries [with] those of today."--"Alive."
Excerpt from Culpeper's English Physician: And Complete Herbal Disease is undoubtedly the most fatal enemy of mankind. To prevent its approaches, or to overcome its attacks, is perhaps the most important concern of our lives; and an inquisition that appears only attainable by the most natural and simple means. For this purpose Mr. Nicholas Culpeper's English Physician seems peculiarly well adapted; since it resorts, for everymode of Cure, to that infallible source prepared by God and Nature, in the vegetable system; whence flow spontaneously the genuine Virtues of Medicine, diffused universally over the face of the whole earth, where nothing grows in vain! Indeed, had this ingenious and most invaluable Work no other recommendation than having passed through so many editions, yet would it sufficiently justify my offering it once more to the notice and consideration of an enlightened public. But, when we reflect on the discoveries since made in the botanical world - the great acquisitions derived to the Work by the addition of upwards of one hundred newly-discovered aromatic and balsamic herbs - independent of the physical skill and philosophical perception displayed by its Author, we shall find innumerable instances of its utility, and perceive in it a fund of information and medical acquirements, which promise the most extensive benefits to society, by forming a Domestic Physician in every Family. It might perhaps have been replete with the happiest consequences to our beloved King under his late infirmity, and would unquestionably have tended more quickly to dispel the painful apprehensions of his afflicted people, had this great Master of human nature been contemporary with us. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
By the time Europeans arrived in the Americas, they possessed a long list of medicinal plants. They also began looking for new plants to use in medicine. The "Badinus" was the first manuscript to bring New World botanical medicine back to Europe in the 1550s. It was based on the work of an Aztec physician. However, Flannery pointed out, the "Badinus" disappeared, moving from one library to another, until it surfaced in the Vatican in 1929, so it had no effect on the way botanical medicines were used in Europe.