At the June monthly meeting, we put out a call for co-operators to get reading and send in some “book reports” to share with the whole group! Several people responded with enthusiasm and hit the books over the past few weeks. So, today, we bring you the first of a new series for our blog- Book Nook! If you are interested in writing a blurb about a food or co-op related book, please send us an email and either ask for a suggestion or tell us what you’d like to read and write about!
Diana Worley is our first Book Nook reviewer, sharing information about a book on western natural medicine. Many co-ops have a natural supplement section- Should ours?
Green Pharmacy: The History and Evolution of Western Herbal Medicine
by Barbara Gibbs
Green Pharmacy is a great resource for those new to the benefits of herbs, as well as seasoned herbalists. Originally published in 1981 and in its second edition (1997), Green Pharmacy details the history of herbal medicine throughout history and its evolution, controversy and impact on western medicine. The historic perspective taken in this book provides and interesting backdrop for the information it provides. For example, Gibbs chapter “The Quack’s Charter” gives an interesting overview on the events that lead to the modern day approach of medical practice and an insight to the prejudices that still exist in regards to the role of herbal medicine. Green Pharmacy will not only enlighten the reader but also instill in them a desire to learn more about western herbal medicine and reinforce the importance its history holds in our modern lifestyles.