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I have several of Buhner's book and appreciate all of them, particularly his books on fasting, plant intelligence and herbal antibiotics. They are thorough, hugely knowledgeable and cover everything relevant, as far as I can tell.
He writes with a dry sense of humor which lightens what would otherwise (inevitably) be a somewhat tedious read. He's practical and clear on what only works at the very onset, and about popular remedies that don't work at all. He recommends specific herbs for fever, for headache, for cough. As usual, he explains how to make the herbal goodies and is particularly keen on invasive plants, for very good reasons, as he makes clear.
My one negative thought about this book is the large list of herbs he recommends for colds, flu and the like. They seem more like a stew. For example, his antiviral tincture formulation is equal parts of Chinese skullcap, isatis, licorice, houttuynia, lomatium, red root, yerba santa, elephant tree, osha, and either immortal or pleurisy root.
Buhner does address this. He writes that for nearly 30 years he tended to use formulations that contained only 3 herbs, occasionally 5. With the emergence of more intense forms of influenza he has found that a more complex formulation works better. (He thinks a major factor is aging.)
I hope he's wrong, even though I consider him a master herbalist! I shrink at the cost of buying 11 different tinctures; if any of the sources he recommends towards the back of the book (I have used one or two and would happily use any recommended by Buhner) provide this "Buhner special", he doesn't mention it. The most likely to offer this in the future is probably Dry Creek Herb Farm, which already offers "Stephen Buhner's Option #2", a 13-herb powder mixture (1lb weight) for $52.50 which they created when the author became very sick with Hepatitis C.
He's very keen on fresh ginger juice tea (stressing that dried ginger is useless). I'd love to try it but juiced raw ginger always give me heartburn. However, if you'd like to try this, Buhner's mixture is 4 ounces of raw juiced ginger plus 6 ounces of hot water mixed with a quarter of a lime, a large tablespoon of honey and one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne.
Finally, one important point, not covered, needs to be addressed. It is little-understood that pathogens ("bad" bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) are found only where the "environment" (ie the human) is suitable for them. The more toxic and poor the environment (our bodies), the more likely we are to attract such unwanted "guests". They don't find us, the state of our bodies invites them. We each need to accept responsibility for creating a healthier environment within ourselves, one less attractive to such organisms. For example, unless your basal temperature is normal (98.2F/36.8C) - and stable - and your waking saliva pH is around 7, any recovery is temporary because germs thrive in acidic and lower-than-normal temperature bodies.
However, once health has deteriorated, it can be very difficult to improve the soil until the weeds are cleared. To me this seems very helpful and practically useful and Buhner's extensive experience shows up clearly throughout the book.