Vitalism, the recognition that the physical body is animated by a vital life force, is the foundation of most natural healing therapies. The forefathers of alternative medicine discovered methods of healing the body by stimulating this life force. In Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences, Matthew Wood describes the theories, lives, and work of nine great physicians who laid the groundwork for natural medicine.
I, Sarah, studied with Matthew for an entire year in the 1990’s, and my practice of herbalism has been deeply influenced by his teachings. He is a fascinating and creative thinker who pulls together ideas in a way that creates a memorable “picture”.