The Herbalist

"Herb’s (The Herbalist CD-ROM) walk through the herb garden with the author is a pleasant, charming, and educational experience. The depth and breadth of information on the disk is noteworthy…"


"This is a system you’ll want to explore in detail, not just with quick lookups, because of its considerable serendipity potential."



"Hoffmann’s voice and the songs – sung by herbal researcher Jim Duke – are great fun. They are a good way to lighten up herbal study and to also encourage people who are just becoming interested in herbs and the ‘herbal community’."


"This CD offers a sense of adventure to the professional herbalist, the herb students and anyone just casually interested in finding out more about herbs."



"You will agree this is a well done program when you see it. I enjoyed browsing through the very professionally done screens and reading about the effects of various herbs on the many conditions of the body part, system or condition."





The Herbalist

by David L. Hoffmann


The Definitive Source of information on Therapeutic Herbalism as Practiced in Europe and as Taught in North America

Multimedia CD-ROM for Windows


Basic principals - Human Systems - Actions - Herbal Materia Medica


This multimedia CD-ROM is intended for all involved in health care, whether practitioner or patient, designed to introduce the skilled use of herbal medicines within a holistic perspective. In addition to the expansive text, it contains beautiful color photos, songs and verse by Jim Duke and narration by David Hoffmann describing the herbs and their medicinal uses.

For thousands of years medicinal plants have been at the core of alleviating human suffering and promoting health and well-being through the use of common plants. The essence of this accumulated knowledge on medicinal plants is practiced in Europe under the name of Phytotherapy.

David L. Hoffmann, a leading authority on Phytotherapy, is a clinical herbalist from Britain where he was a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and faculty member of the School of Herbal Medicine. He was the inaugural president of the American Herbalist Guild and has taught Phytotherapy throughout the English speaking world. David brings hands-on experience to his wealth of detailed knowledge and practice of Herbal Medicine. As a teacher, author and herbal consultant in North America, he blends the experience of generations of herbalists with the insights of modern medicine, making powerful healing tools accessible to today's health-conscious public. David is the author of many popular books, including The New Holistic Herbal, An Elders Herbal, An Herbal Guide to Stress Relief, and The Elements of Herbalism.

The Herbalist® Version 2.0 CD-ROM covers the following information:

  • Basic Principles Herbalism,
  • Gaia in action Selection Criteria -- How to choose the right herb.
  • Phyto-Pharmacology
  • The Classification of Medicinal Plants
  • The Formulation and Preparation of Herbal Medicines
  • Action Strengths
  • Sources of Phytotherapeutic Information
  • Human Systems
  • The Digestive System ulcers, gastritis, hiatus hernia, constipation, diarrhea, appendicitis, the liver, diverticulitis, jaundice, hepatitis, cirrhosis, hemorrhoids, cholecystitis, and more...
  • The Cardio-Vascular System
  • The Lower Respiratory System cough, bronchitis, pertussis, asthma, emphysema
  • The Upper Respiratory System common cold, influenza, hay fever, sinusitis, laryngitis, tonsilitis, and more...
  • The Nervous System stress, relaxation, depression, insomnia, headache, tinnitus, motion sickness, shingles, and more...
  • The Urinary System diuretics, frequency, dysuria, hematuria, cystitis, water retention, edema, urinary calculus, and more...
  • The Reproductive System menstrual problems, child birth, miscarriage, PMS, menopause, infertility, endometriosis, and more...
  • The Musculo-Skeletal System arthritis, systemic lupus, gout, bursitis, tendinitis, ...
  • The Skin lesions, eczema-dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, dry skin, dandruff, bruises, and more...
  • Immunity, Holism and Phyto-therapy infections, shingles, fungus, cancer, and more...
  • Phyto-therapy and Children measles, chicken pox, colic, constipation, indigestion, nausea, hyperactivity, diaper rash, cradle cap, mumps, impetigo, ear infections, bedwetting, fever, and more...
  • Phyto-therapy and the Elderly prescription drug reactions, body systems, and more...
  • Actions - Main Herbal Actions and Their Activity Mechanisms
  • Primary Herbal Examples
  • Secondary Actions
  • Materia Medica A-Z Herbal (example of herb listing: Agrimony)
  • AND... Includes scientific citations, a herbal glossary, English/Latin & Latin/English, prefixes & suffixes, herb names & plant taxonomy.

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Also contains over 170 color photos of herbs, songs by Dr. James Duke and his band, and a half hour narration of 'Walk thru a Herb Garden' by David Hoffmann discussing various herbs and their uses (PC version).

Requires Personal Computer, Windows 3.1 or above, CD-ROM Drive. VGA or super VGA recommended. Sound card recommended to hear music and narration.

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