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Invasive Plant Medicine

Invasive Plant Medicine

The Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives

The first book to demonstrate how plants originally considered harmful to the environment actually restore Earth’s ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties

• Explains how invasive plants enhance biodiversity, purify ecosystems, and revitalize the land

• Provides a detailed look at the healing properties of 25 of the most common invasive plants

Most of the invasive plant species under attack for disruption of local ecosystems in the United States are from Asia, where they play an important role in traditional healing. In opposition to the loud chorus of those clamoring for the eradication of all these plants that, to the casual observer, appear to be a threat to native flora, Timothy Scott shows how these opportunistic plants are restoring health to Earth’s ecosystems. Far less a threat to the environment than the cocktails of toxic pesticides used to control them, these invasive plants perform an essential ecological function that serves to heal both the land on which they grow and the human beings who live upon it. These plants remove toxic residues in the soil, providing detoxification properties that can help heal individuals.

Invasive Plant Medicine demonstrates how these “invasives” restore natural balance and biodiversity to the environment and examines the powerful healing properties offered by 25 of the most common invasive plants growing in North America and Europe. Each plant examined includes a detailed description of its physiological actions and uses in traditional healing practices; tips on harvesting, preparation, and dosage; contraindications; and any possible side effects. This is the first book to explore invasive plants not only for their profound medical benefits but also with a deep ecological perspective that reveals how plant intelligence allows them to flourish wherever they grow.
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  • Healing Arts Press | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594773051 | 
  • August 2010
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Chapter 1


There was a time, long forgotten, around the advent of agricultural civilizations some ten thousand years ago that humans began to look at plants differently. Before this, all was a wild garden with diverse flora and fauna all having a place. But with the invention of the crop, people began to discriminate between the different plants. A plant that did not serve human needs or interfered with the crops was deemed a “weed.” This marked a shift in the paradigm of paradise, and humans began severing themselves from Nature in a paramount way. The desire and attempt to keep the wild at bay have been passed down... see more

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About the Author

Timothy Lee Scott

Timothy Lee Scott is an acupuncturist and herbalist with a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine. He runs a private practice in Vermont and gives workshops on Chinese herbalism, native medicinal plant cultivation, and the benefits of invasive plants.




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