Drawing on the writings of Nicholas Culpeper, the 17th-century herbalist, apothecary and astrologer, this up to date, accessible introduction celebrates the holistic medical traditions of the West, and places Culpeper in his appropriate context as one of the most forebears of up to date holistic medicine and a prophet of the NHS. An extensive new introduction to the work comments on the recent research and developments in the area. The book traces the development of the Western holistic medical tradition from its origins in the natural philosophy of Ancient Greece to the work of Culpeper himself. It describes and explains the relationship between the four elements, the four humours and the four constitutional types: sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic, in addition to explaining the functional relationships of organs and body systems. The book explores the interconnectedness of psyche (mind) and soma (body) and features a section on herbal medicine and therapeutics with a study of 20 common herbs, dietary suggestions and uses for culinary herbs. It also provides accessible information on astrology and the importance of the horoscope for holistic patient assessment. The book looks on the holistic approach to the preservation of health and prevention of disease, with explanations of the more than a few disease states, their humoral medical diagnosis and remedy. An authoritative insight into the expanding world of holistic medicine, this book is an indispensable resource for medical herbalists, students of herbal medicine and all those interested in Western holistic medicine and its origins.