Herbal Prescriptions after 50: Everything You Need to Know to Maintain Vibrant Health

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By David Hoffmann

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT David Hoffmann

David Hoffmann
David Hoffmann, F.N.I.M.H., A.H.G, has been a clinical medical herbalist since 1979. A Fellow of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists, he is one of the founding members of the American Herbalists Guild and the author of 17 books, including Herbal Prescriptions after 50, More...



A guide to herbal remedies that promote longevity and address the health concerns of the baby boom generation

• Offers herbal remedies for minor and more serious conditions associated with aging

• Proposes health-promoting remedies for each of the body’s major systems

• Includes more than 150 herbs and their actions and indications, preparation methods, and recommended dosages

In this complete and natural-approach guide to healthy aging, medical herbalist David Hoffmann addresses the unique concerns of people approaching age fifty and older. He examines each of the body’s major systems--from the muscles and bones and the digestive system to the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and reproductive organs--discussing not only how to maintain each system’s natural functioning but also the specific health concerns brought about by aging.

Hoffmann’s herbal treatments focus on prevention and promoting longevity, but he also offers herbal remedies for specific aliments such as hypertension, insomnia, bronchitis, varicose veins, and arthritis. The book’s Materia Medica includes more than 150 herbs, by both common and Latin names, and specifies which part of the plant to use, the actions and indications, preparation methods, and recommended dosages.

The natural healing properties of herbs provide a welcome alternative to the unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects that can be brought on by synthetic drugs, and they minimize the dependence on conventional medical treatments that can have conflicting protocols and results. The remedies offered in Herbal Prescriptions after 50 are designed to promote robust, lasting health and provide a way to age with grace.
"This book of herbal recipes and restoratives will fascinate you. . . . Attractive and clearly written."
American Bookseller

"Herbal medicine can be as simple as brewing a pot of tea. However, knowing which herbs to use and how to use them requires experience, which Hoffmann amply provides. [This book] gives authoritative answers to most of the commonly asked questions about when and how to use herbs medicinally."
Natural Health

"Unlike most herbals which summarize information, [this book] takes the space to clearly explain what goes on in the body for each condition and how each herb suggested acts, deepening the reader's understanding of how to use and combine herbs medicinally."
Becca Harber, The Village Herbalist

“Medical statistics clearly show that Americans are the most heavily medicated people in the world. In spite of this (or possibly because of this), we rank far below many other first world countries in life expectancy, cancer rates, levels of obesity, and many other chronic degenerative diseases. As our population ages many more people are realizing that in order to stay healthy into old age we need to become proactive, improving our diets and lifestyle choices, reducing stress, and becoming more knowledgeable about our health and medicine. One way we can help to prevent disease and enhance wellness is the intelligent use of herbs. Because few Americans grew up using plants as medicine, educating oneself as to their safe and rational use is essential. With so many books, Web sites, and magazines publishing information on herbs and natural health, how does one discern accurate information from the fraudulent? One answer is David Hoffmann’s new book Herbal Prescriptions after 50. The author is one of the Western world’s most respected clinical herbalists, and he offers the reader safe, effective, and relevant treatments for many of the ills that come with increasing age. If you are in your 50s, 60s, or 70s and want to prevent senior moments, menopausal symptoms, prostatic enlargement, and circulatory problems, some of the answers you are seeking can be found within these pages.”
David Winston, RH (AHG), author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

"Aging boomers are guided to 150 herbs for all the body systems with a focus on preventive medicine and longevity. Today's Books put Herbal Prescription after 50 on the 'The A-List.'"
Today's Books, Nov 07

"An important acquisition for any library seeking a serious book on herbal remedies which is age-specific in approach and well reasoned in medical applications."
The Midwest Book Review, Oct 2007

"[Hoffmann} says that herbal medicine promotes health, can be used together with other treatment plans, and as a 'green medicine' is compatible with the environment, to boot."
Lori D. Kranz, The Bloomsbury Review, Mar/Apr 2008

"The book is well-written, easy to comprehend and follow, and shows the author's deep understanding of how to deal with the body in a natural way. Highly recommended for your herbal library."
Making Scents, Winter/Spring 2008