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Herbal Medic

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Even though I have no experience in formal medicine, only some practice at herbal healing, this book was really helpful to me. I really got to understand the benefits and limitations of herbal healing. Since it is so long and meant for people of different capabilities, from novices to experts, I didn't read all of it. However, the part I did read were full of information I took notes on for later. The layout and design of the book was great and the sidebars and notes in the book were very helpful for calling attention to warnings or learning extra information. After reading this book, I am inspired to try a first aid or wilderness first aid course.
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This is a very handy guide to first aid for those who spend time in the wilderness. It would be a helpful reference to have when camping or spending time in remote locations. I can imagine myself referencing it in the future.
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Both my dad and I have been waiting to be more prepared, and that is why I picked up this book. It was very informative and interesting. It was very easy to follow and to understand which was great for someone who is dyslexic., We are ready for a good dystopian novel or an zombie apocalypse but really just prepared for real life. I highly recommend this book to just about everyone. I want to thank Netgalley and Storey Publishing for letting read and review this book by Sam Coffman.
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Herbal Medic by Sam Coffman is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early July.

With sepia sketches, chapter-start graphics that look like merit badges, Coffman applies a modest, straightforward, yet serious voice to each aspect of this book. Never ever fussy or frivolous, this is about appraising a wound or injury (i.e. acronyms and things that you should really notice and watch out for), basic skills and treatments, more complicated herbal remedies, creating your own, and how to address a multitude of situations.
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I found this to be a very informative read.  Planning on getting this one to have on my reference shelf.
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While this seems like a standard first aid book at the start, it's quickly apparent that it's so much more.  Coffman has carefully (and responsibly ) outlined the ways in which herbs can be used both in daily life and in emergency situations.  I found it illuminatiing and useful in ways I truly did not expect.  The writing is clear as are the instructions.  Thanks to netgalley for the ARC.  This is one to download and keep close but I'd also like a hard copy to flip through.
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A magnificent introduction to first aid and wilderness medicine from a natural perspective! Coffman not only gives the basic steps to approaching any type of first aid situation, he also provides clear information about herbs and treatments both from a body systems perspective and a more detailed alphabetical herb-based look, giving all the needed information about all uses and counter-indications of each herb.
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Though no one likes to think about them, disasters and serious accidents can happen any time, anywhere, and it’s all too easy to take for granted the availability of trained first responders or access to emergency medical resources. This practical, comprehensive guide is based on the assumption that a reader may be in a remote location or in a post-disaster situation where professional medical care is unavailable. Written by a former Green Beret medic with more than 25 years of combined field and clinical experience in both military medicine and herbalism, Herbal Medic covers first-aid essentials, such how to assess a situation and a person in need of treatment and distinguish between illness and injury, as well how to prepare and use herbs when there is no access to conventional medical treatment. In addition, the book provides a basic introduction to herbal medicine, with detailed entries on the best herbs to use in treatment; information on disease in the body and how herbs work against it; instructions for making herbal preparations; a list of those herbs the author has found most useful in his clinical experience; and a wide array of specific herbal care protocols for a multitude of acute health issues. Fantastic read!  I’ve always been fascinated by the use of herbs and their protocols as I am sensitive to many pharmaceuticals.  Need to buy this book!
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I enjoyed reading this book. It is a fantastic reference book and very informative.  Awesome. Thank you.
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This was quite the interesting read, very well-written and full of well-detailed information! Will definitely recommend.
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Herbal Medic

This book is an in-depth encyclopaedia of herbal medicine in western society. A reference book for dealing with some of life’s emergencies with first aid and natural health and healing techniques using plant remedies by infusions, tinctures, oils etc with recipes for making some and treating common ailments. It’s certainly an interesting and intense book that gives the reader a lot of information on using herbal therapy and treatments as part of a holistic approach to healthy living and healing.
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Well this was a great little book, I really think that out of all the books I've read like this,  this is the best I've read, I'll definitely buying this when it comes onto the shelves, an inspiring book that aids you in knowing how to deal with an emergency should one arrive. 

The interest in herbs and plants comes to me from living in a rural area between towns, where there are lots of different plants I know NOTHING about. This book is a treat and by splitting the information into separate parts it certainly makes it easier to read, explaining everything from basic illnesses and ailments to having references 
I really loved having the basic knowledge versus the foundation section on basic herbs and how to make medicine from them, the bit I really enjoyed as well as this was the end section, where you are able to identify herbs and plants, I am so excited to have this on my shelf and will be trolling round a local community garden to see what I can recognise. I'm looking forward to that!

Many thanks to netgalley, publishers and the author for this opportunity to review this free ARC, in return for my review.
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This book is awesome!  The beginning starts by telling you a bit about basic first aid and going over what you should carry in your first aid kit.  The author goes over basic skills you need to know but also suggests that where possible you should take first aid classes to better prepare yourself for emergency situations.  The book also goes into basic triage steps you should take if you are the most qualified medic on scene and is just generally a good starting point for anyone who wants to be able to provide help in an emergency situation.

Once the basics are covered, the author moves on to herbal medicine.  We are given basic herbs for each bodily function (such as dandelion for liver support).  We then learn about making medicines and are given a basic tutorial of each herbal application method--such as making tinctures or macerations.  

Part three moves into using herbal medicines in true emergency situations and is aptly entitled, "The herbal medic in action." Here you are prepped for using herbal medicines for things such as burns and snake bites.  Finally, we get to my favorite section of the book which is the Materia Medica.  Here we are given detailed notes on 70 herbs we should get to know.   

Essentially, I want this book on my bookshelf immediately.  The author starts from the basics and then progresses to help us through everything needed (or gives the know how to learn more information) to deliver first aid in emergencies that may not even be foreseeable.  There is even a section on emergency childbirth!  If I were to be thrust into an emergency situation, especially one requiring herb usage as medicine, I would sincerely hope that my medic had carefully read this book first.   Bottom line:  Go buy this book now!
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This book is pretty cool. The front is all about basic first aid (how to do CPR, several ways to immobilize breaks or sprains, etc). The second half is about herbal medicine in the event you aren’t able to make it to a hospital. It is a really interesting and useful guide that would be a useful addition to your home bookshelf and your first aid bag.

I received an ARC, but my opinions are all mine.
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Wow. This is a fantastic resource to refer to. I prefer herbal medicine and the author not only gives a list of important first aid items with excellent illustrations and information, they also list information about parts and functions of the body alongside suitable herbs.  I live how recipes are given too. I shall certainly be using these ideas.
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I read a ton of herbal books and emergency preparedness books and none have ever lived up to my expectations until this one. It is so thorough and packed with information. I love everything about it. It goes into so many details and gives you real-world advice but also explains everything from how to make a tincture to a color guide to assessing wounds to all the best herbs for UTIs, plus really in-depth information about herbs and herbal medicine. Fantastic.

I read a digital ARC of this book for review.
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Seems like a great reference book. Easy to follow, nice illustrations, and covers most major issues. Recommended for those interested in the subject.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
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This is a fantastic book to keep on your shelf if you have an interest in exploring alternative medicine. Having reviewed a digital copy I would definitely like to add it to my paperback collection when it’s released.
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I have been very agreeably surprised by this book.

My medical knowledge and interest are somewhat limited, but I am increasingly curious about herbal medicine, hence why I asked for an ARC of "Herbal Medic". In our modern days, I feel that the simplest medicines - good food and healing herbs are too often put aside, but this book puts them centerstage, and explains why.

"Herbal Medic" is a great reference for amateurs as well as professionals as it gives great tips and advice about when and how to use plants, as well as additional medical tips (such as what to put in a first-aid kit, depending on where it might be used - during a hike, in a car in case of crash, in your everyday handbag, etc.) The book is written in an easily understandable way for all publics (as an amateur, I only found one or two descriptions to be a tiny bit too descriptive for my taste, and as a non-native English speaker, I found the language used simple and straightforward). I was also pleasantly surprised by how nice Sam Coffman's writing is — it succinct and evocative, and I like reading a few pages of the book for pleasure and learning, rather than to skip through to the parts I'm most likely to use.
Organised in chapters and sub-sections, this book is easy to use in multiple situations — you just have to jump to the page you're interested in. For instance, I really enjoy the section about herbs and learnt some great tips about extracting as much good stuff from plants as possible through infusion and decoction, which I immediately applied to my own herbal infusions.

I would therefore highly recommend this book!

*I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest opinion*
P.S. I very much advise other Netgalley readers to read the PDF on your laptop/tablet rather than on Kindle as the layout would otherwise not appear as it was intended and would diminish the reading experience.
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The herbal medic will enable you to learn and understand how to use more natural ingredients as remedies.

This old way of complimentary remedy medicine can teach us all that it has a place alongside more modern medical ways.
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