Ph.D. Originally an Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki practitioner in
1998, she is the founder of Classical Reiki Pennsylvania in the
Lehigh Valley. Her more recent Usui Reiki Ryoho training is with
Frans Stiene, International House of Reiki and Frank Arjava Petter,
Jikiden Reiki. Paula was a university communication educator and
researcher for more than 30 years. As a teacher she brings humor,
intuitive curiosity, and deep and abiding trust in the students who
work with her.
This book is dedicated to the
practitioners and teachers of bush medicine in San Salvador
Island, Bahamas. This project would not have been possible
without the kindness and generosity of the interviewees who
welcomed us into their homes, who shared their stories,
served us their bush teas, and took us out into the bush to
teach us about their knowledge of plant medicine. This is
our gift to them, and their children, who we hope will carry
the past on into the future. A portion of the net proceeds
of this book will be donated to the Bahamas National Trust.
residents of the Bahamas practice a form of traditional medicine
using tropical plants for curing diseases and treating ailments.
Their enslaved African ancestors brought to the New World a
practical knowledge of medicinal plants, and a legacy of "medicinal
plant literacy" that helped them "read" and recognize the potential
healing qualities of the many new and unfamiliar plants of the
Bahamas. Under the influence of European and colonial practices,
their diverse beliefs and healing practices were then simplified,
distilled, transformed, reformulated, and further refined by
generations of experimentation. This form of medicine is of value
today not only for what it tells us of a unique culture but for what
it might have to teach us about traditional healing. This book, a
comprehensive treatment of Bahamian bush medicine, is dedicated to
the preservation and continued use of this knowledge before it is
lost. Chapters explore the cultural roots, principles, and practice
of bush medicine. The Materia Medica covers 120 medicinal plants,
including details of administration and dosage, pharmacology, and
cross-cultural uses; non-botanical remedies are covered as well.
Throughout the book, oral histories provide details of the healers'
practice and glimpses of the culture of San Salvador Island.
Includes color illustrations of over 100 medicinal plants, and the
people who use them.