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Johann Künzle (Kuenzle)
European herbalism owes much to the work of Christian herbalists who sought ways of maintaining health naturally so that modern medical interventions, such as surgery and drugs, would not be needed. Johann Kuenzle (1857-1945) was Switzerland's most famous herbalist. Johann Künzle was a catholic priest and also a popular healer. His small book, Herbs and Weeds (published in 1911 and revised in 1975), sold over one million copies in Europe. He was a student of Sebastian Kneipp (1821 Germany – 1897), who was a Bavarian priest and one of the founders of the Naturopathic medicine movement. He is most commonly associated with the "Kneipp Cure" form of hydrotherapy, a system of healing involving the application of water through various methods, temperatures and pressures.
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Kuenzle learned both from contemporary local herb authorities and from the long history of recorded herbal information, such as that of the famous 16th-century German authority Jacob Dietrich. Over the past 100 years, the ingredients of Kuenzle's formulas have been used by millions and confirmed with scientific techniques. The individual herbs have been subjected to chemical analysis, pharmacological testing, and, in many cases, clinical trials. The Kuenzle formulas as they come down to us today are derived from a long history of herbal wisdom, have been widely used by millions of Europeans over many decades, and are confirmed in their safety and efficacy by modern research.

The most famous Swiss herbalist, Rreverend Johann Kuenzle, whose formulas have been sold for over 75 years in Europe, taught the virtue of herbs as scriptural medicines.
Künzle wrote a small book, Chrut und Uchrut (Herbs and Weeds) that was published in 1911. It captured the essence of the culture of natural living and natural healing that was still alive, but struggling, before these great wars began. His motto was "Back to Nature," and this shows that even a century ago the world was deviating from what was deemed natural towards an industrialized, more technological society, less concerned with nature. To a large extent, Künzle's book became an important mirror of the old world that one could view from the new world. Eventually, more than a million copies of the book were printed in the German language, distributed mainly in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, and followed up with translations that were distributed to several other countries in Europe.
Word to Professors and Teachers
All my life I shall remain grateful to the deceased Rev. Father Ludwig, formerly professor of botany in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, for explaining to us in our daily afternoon walks everything about the plants we showed him. This helped me more in my every day life than the study of Virgil and Homer, for these valuable plants I was to find again wherever I went. When, in later years, the Rev. Kneipp called attention to the healing qualities of herbs it was an easy matter for me to find them.
If the high school teachers and professors would point out to their pupils the medicinal herbs, and encourage their collection, instead of teaching all the prescribed and soon forgotten generalities, they would become great benefactors of entire communities. A dead branch would be turned into a living tree with beneficial fruits. This would be truly social, charitable and Christian labor, would honor the teacher more than a Ph.D. and would bring great credit and popularity to his School.
He described his experiences in the introduction to Chrut and Uchrut:
A spiritual adviser, I often had to visit sick fathers and mothers who according to the reports of the local physicians, were dying, leaving behind their little children. In such cases, I gathered up all my knowledge of herbs and was often able to get them back on their feet again. Among others, I was thus able to help a poor Protestant who had been lying in his bed for two years, painfully afflicted with gout and swollen limbs. 'You must get this man out of bed again,' I told myself, and accomplished it after four weeks. Now people said, 'The parson can almost work miracles. He helps disregarding even the difference of faith!' Every evening, groups of working men and women came to me and implored me to help them and I did what I could. When someone reported me to the bishop, who at first did not want to hear anything about my doctoring activity, I sent some of the cured to him to tell the story. This satisfied the bishop, who then gave me permission to continue with my therapy.
The book Herbs and Weeds was intended as a quick reference for people interested in his work. According to Künzle, the writing of it came about because of the demand conveyed to him by persons who read his short herb essays that had been published in magazines and from questions at lectures he gave from time to time on household remedies.

Excerpt from the Book: Modern Monastic Medicine