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A Russian Herbal

Traditional Remedies for Health and Healing

Igor Vilevich Zevin, Nathaniel Altman, Lilia Vasilevna Zevin


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The first guide to the ancient traditions of Russian herbal medicine and their extensive medicinal applications today.
Drawing on a wealth of oral and written traditions, the authors examine the best-known Russian herbs (all of which are widely available in North America and Western Europe) and explain their folkways, properties, and uses. Offering time-tested advice for using herbs to maintain general well-being, they also give clear and simple recipes for treating specific health problems from asthma and migraines to influenza and high blood pressure. Blessed with a wide variety of climates, geography, and flora, early Russians developed a rich folk tradition of herbal healing that ranks among the most sophisticated in the world. Nearly every Russian medical school offers courses of study on the knowledge and application of herbs, and many maintain a special research department that investigates the properties and practical modern applications of herbal medicine.

This is the first book to examine the traditions of Russian herbal medicine.

Praise For A Russian Herbal: Traditional Remedies for Health and Healing

"The entries are also unusually detailed as to the exact methods of preparation as well as the parts of the plant that should be used. Potential dangers and other contraindications for use are clearly set out from the text in bold-faced type - a feature that I'd like to see copied in more herbals! Zeven with his co-authors, Nathaniel Altman and Lilia Vasilevna Zevin, have ceated a highly interesting and unusual herbal, detailing a tradition that we don't hear about enough."
— Rosemary Jones, owner of Healing Pages Bookstore

Healing Arts Press, 9780892815494, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1997

About the Author

Born in Belorussia, Igor Vilevich Zevin was raised by his grandmother, an accomplished folk healer and herbalist who passed much of her knowledge to him. An engineer by profession, he has maintained his study of herbs over the years.

Nathaniel Altman traveled to Germany and Cuba and interviewed scientists from Russia, France, Italy, and the United States to obtain documented scientific evidence and clinical findings on the role of oxygen therapies as detoxifying agents and immunoregulators. He has authored more than 15 books, including The Honey Prescription, A Russian Herbal, What You Can Do About Asthma, Healing Springs, and The Twelve Stages of Healing. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lilia Vasilevna Zevin was born in Lithuania and has worked as a language teacher and a translator. Herbs were a major part of her family tradition as a child.