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Caution Cold herbs should be used with caution or they may depress metabolism and reduce the ability of the body to heal itself. Combinations with only cold herbs are rare, and these herbs are usually combined with some warm herbs to moderate their potential ill "effects. Variable temperature Variable herb temperature is a concept that can help to resolve some of the apparent contradictions regarding herb temperature, can broaden and deepen understanding of the mechanism of herb action, and can contribute to both greater flexibility and greater precision in herb combining.

Samuel Thomson (1769-1843) popularized the use of a system of naturopathic and herbal procedures, which appear to integrate the methods of Hippocrates with the practices of the Native Americans. 30 More than a third of the 65 herbs listed by Lloyd as the main herbs used by Thomson are native to North America. 37 These include such famous American herbs as Hamamelis, Hydrastis, Lobelia, Myrica. and Zanthoxylum. The two herbs most frequently used by Thomson were Capsicum and Lobelia-the Yang and Y"m of his systemCapsicum to stimulate and Lobelia to relax.

Hildegard von Bingen's Physiea. Healing Arts, Rochester. Vermont (1998) 17. Tabernaemontanus JT. Krauterbuch (1731). Reprinted by Verlag Konrad Kolbl. Miinchen. Germany (1993) T 26. Bensky D, Gamble A. Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica. Easdand Press, Seattle, Washington (1986) 14. Veith I (transl). The Yellow Emperor's Oassie of Internal Medicine. University of California Press. Berkeley, California (1972) tions. New York, New York (1975) T 25. Christopher JR. S<:hool of Natural Healing. BiWorld, Provo.

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