Michael Moore - Director, hrbmoore@mindspring.com Donna Chesner - Administrator, chesner @mindspring.com

620 West Limberlost, #24, Tucson, Arizona, 85705
Donna - 520-678-7078

After 28 years,we have retired and closed down our 500 hour residency program.

We now offer two distance learning programs with residency segments, one focusing on clinical and constitutional herbalism, and the other on Materia Medica.

This is the application for 2009


This is Anarcho-Herbalism - an essay by Laurel Luddite
Master Genus Index integrating ALL plant photographs, illustrations, maps, abstracts, constituents, monographs, major papers and folios by genus and species. (updated as of 9/05) 220K
Medicinal Plant Images
Medicinal Plant Photographs by genus.
Over 2,500 JPEGS of medicinal plants, photographed variously by friends too numerous to list...arranged alphabetically by genus, with complete thumbnail index files.
Video clips of medicinal plants (2/06) - Short videos (1/2 minute to 1 minute) of 252 plants in the field: Quicktime (.mov) files, 240X180
New Images (9/05) - 100 new photographs and videocaptures by David Rodriquez, Greta Anderson and myself, all with linked thumbnails (a very strange visual).
Index of 1200+ plant pictures by North American English and Spanish Names (as of 7/26/97...MUST update)
Illustrations: 165 classic engravings and illustrations of drug plants and herbs
Color Illustrations - 175 elegant lithographs of medicinal plants from the first quarter of the 20th century by Mary Vaux Walcott
Color Illustrations from the National Geographic Society, 1915-1924...elegant and articulate representations of 175 medicinal plants found in North America.
Pen and Ink Drawings of Western North American plants by botanical artist Mimi masquerading, in both jpeg format (for monitor viewing) and gif format (for computer printing)
Medicinal Plant excerpts - Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"
VOLUME I - Ophioglossaceae to Polygonaceae - 149 individual plant files, each with illustration, taxonomy, distribution and current botanical name
VOLUME II - Amaranthaceae to Loganaceae - 451 individual plant files, each with illustration, taxonomy, distribution and current botanical name
VOLUME III - Gentianaceae to Compositae - 368 individual plant files, each with illustration, taxonomy, distribution and current botanical name
 

Texts and Manuals by Michael Moore
Herb Manuals by Michael Moore, and and other teaching material from SWSBM.
These are available in either ASCII (text) files, or Acrobat PDF files. New: 2005-2006 Menstrual Calendar
Herb Folios by Michael Moore
Acrobat PDF files of individual plants, with photos, drawings, and a brief discussion of preparations, uses, specific indications and any contraindications.
Lectures in Botanical Materia Medica - some mp3 excerpts from the 4-CD-ROM set.
 

Fenner's Complete Formulary and Handbook (1888)
 
Unlike such official pharmaceutical texts as the U.S.P, National Formulary and the U.S.Dispensatory (see below), Fenner's was meant to be a working sourcebook for the individual pharmacist desiring to furnish product for a pharmacy. Every possible product is dealt with, from tinctures to fluidextracts to dyes to wax paper to imitation booze. Not worried about the "official" status of a preparation, if there was a customer demand, Fenner dealt with it.
PART I and PART II - Introductory material; Part 1, Drugs and medicinal substances defined, Part II, methods of preparation described - 53 pages, 7 illustrations, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 300K (1/05)
Part IIIA- WORKING FORMULA - Abstracts, alkaloids, waters, balsams, waxes, cerates, papers, colors, confections, cordials, decoctions, elixirs, plasters, emulsions, essences, extracts, distilled extracts, and fluid extracts - over 1,000 formulae in this first section alone. 242 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 1M (7/05)
Part IIIB- WORKING FORMULA - Glycerites, infusions, linaments, mucilages, oils (fixed, animal, vegetable, volatile, mixed), oleoresins, pills, pitch, powders, resins, resinoids, sugars, soaps, teas, spirits, juices, suppositories, syrups, tinctures, homeopathic preparations, triturations, troches, ointments, wines - over 1,500 formulae in this second section. 272 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 1M (12/05)
PART IV. - THE STANDARD REMEDIES AND PROPRIETARY MEDICINES. "The following formulas are designed for making a complete line of Standard Proprietary Remedies, which may be prepared and put up by druggists, or others, for local trade or for the market." - 118 pages, 236 formulae and recipes, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 250K (1/05)
PART V. TOILET PREPARATIONS AND PERFUMES. Cosmetics, mouth products, hair products, lip salves, perfumes, colognes, sachets, etc. - 43 pages, 190 recipes, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 130K (1/05)
PART VI. MISCELLANEOUS FORMULA. Adhesives, baking powder, inks, polishes, wines, real and artificial, varnishes, etc. - 45 pages, 180 recipes, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 140K (1/05)
 

The Dispensatory of the USA, 20th Edition (1918)
 
The ultimate authority in pharmacy in it's era, the 20th edition, edited by Remington and Wood, is 2000 large pages filled with small type. Though the 19th edition was less judgemental regarding unofficial medicinal plants, the 20th edition is firmer in its science and botany. Although already showing signs of belittling many plant medicines (Remington and Wood were the ultimate mainstream pharmaceutical editors), pharmacists nonetheless still had to prepare medicines for the thousands of Eclectic, Homeopathic and "irregular" licensed M.D.s that practiced, so all plants are dealt with in often painful detail. I am abridging it to include only botanicals and their preparations.
The US DISPENSATORY - 20th Ed. complete - 1576 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file, 1311 monographs - 4.8MB
 

British Herbal Manuals
Prescriber and Clinical Repertory of Medicinal Herbs by Lt. Col. F. Harper-Shove (1938)
A minor masterpiece, long out of print, Harper-Shove assembled the first British repertory for herbalists. It follows the same model and organization as the classic homeopathic repertories. I've had it around since the early 1970's, and have frequently referred to it over the years. The complex layout and poorly cleaned type necessitated (for my own sanity) scanning the main text as bitmapped images...the rest is as true text. The layout is 11 x 81/2, two pages across...appropriate for printing.
Part 1 - 112 pages (two across) bookmarked .pdf file 2.3M
Mind, Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, Face, Mouth, Throat, Stomach, Abdomen, Liver, Spleen, Rectum, Urinary, Genitalia, Respiration
Part 2 - 110 pages (two across) bookmarked .pdf file 1.6M
Chest, Back, Extremities, Skin, Sleep, Fever, General, Specific Remedies, Contraindications, Synonyms
Herbal Manual by Harold Ward (1936)115 page bookmarked .pdf file 288K.
A lovely pocket manual I've used for years. As with many others from the era, the primary influence, besides English and continental herb traditions, was the later Thomsonians. The manual has a good Anglo-centric history of herb usage and 153 concise herb monographs.
The Working Man's Model Family Botanic Guide by William Fox, M.D. , 23rd edition (1924)
This book may have been the most widely used herb book of its era in Great Britain. A peculiar mixture of American Thomsonian and physiomedicalist philosophy, "Muscular Christianity," and common sense, the Foxes (three generations were involved in the various editions) took their effort seriously, similar in intent to the American populist medical "everyman" manuals of the second half of the 19th century. It is a refreshing glimpse into late Victorian alternative, and by inference, Standard Practice Medicine.
Part 1 - Materia Medica, Health - 91 page bookmarked .pdf file, 1M, 70 illustrations
Part 2 - Diseases - Their Cause and Cure, Formulas, etc. - 148 page bookmarked .pdf file, 970K
 

Eclectic Medicine, Materia Medica and Pharmacy - classic texts
Why do I keep putting up these Eclectic works? In 1990 I visited the Lloyd Library in Cincinnati, Ohio, where, in the basement, I found the accumulated libraries of ALL the Eclectic medical schools, shipped off to the Eclectic Medical College (the "Mother School") as, one by one, they died. Finally, even the E. M.C. died (1939) and there they all were, holding on by the slimmest thread, the writings of a discipline of medicine that survived for a century, was famous (or infamous) for its vast plant materia medica, treated the patient and NOT the pathology, a sophisticated model of vitalist healing every bit as usable as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine...and molding in front of my eyes. Homeopathy survives, and still reprints its classic texts...it doesn't need help. The Eclectics do.
History of the Vegetable Drugs of the U.S.P. (1911) 560K, 182 pages, bookmarked acrobat (.pdf) file
Lloyd details the introduction, from tradition into Euro-American medicine, of all the plant drugs in the 1900 United States Pharmacopoeia, with a monster bibliography.
The Eclectic Practice of Medicine by Rolla L. Thomas, M.D. (1907).
Published by Scudder, this was the primary teaching manual at the Eclectic Medical College. A big book, 1039 pages, it is organized into 9 files.
Eclectic Biographies by Harvey Wickes Felter, 1912
Dr. John King - 118 Pages, bookmarked .pdf file, 8 illustrations - 1.1 MB
Dr. A. J. Howe - 125 Pages, bookmarked .pdf file, 10 illustrations - 465 K
Dr. John Milton Scudder - 124 Pages, bookmarked .pdf file, 8 illustrations - 368 K
Eclectic Medical Institute - 24 pages, bookmarked .pdf file, 15 illustrations - 208 K The alpha and omega of the Eclectic Movement, lasting from 1845 to 1939, this is Felter's "biography" of the Mother School, as of 1912, when it had already graduated 4,000 physicians and was one of the largest medical schools in the midwest.
Useful Prescrip