HERBALISM

What is Herbalism? The use of plants and plant extracts to stimulate and restore the body’s natural healing ability is known by a variety of names: Herbology Medicine, Herbalism, Phytotherapy, Botanical Medicine, etc.  Herbs help 3 important functions: digestion and assimilation, sleep, and elimination. Through Herbalism, plants & herbs serve as an alternative health medicine to prevent & treat illness.  An easy way to bring healthy, fresh foods and nutrients into your daily life is by growing an herb garden; organic herbs and plants should be an essential part of your diet.     For thousands of years, plants have been a primary source of alternative health solutions and therapeutic medication for cultures all over the world. Sumerians in the middle east utilized herbology therapies over 5,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians realized the benefit of herbology treatments by 3500 b.c. and the Chinese by 2500 b.c. Ayurveda medicine utilizes many herbs and plants dating back to 2000 b.c.  By the middle ages, herbology therapies continued to be used and The Canon of Medicine was published in 1025 a.d. listing over 800 plants, minerals and drugs.  With the invention of printing by the 15 century, many herbal healing publications were created. The first herbology medicine publication in English was the Grete Herball in 1526. By the 18th century, herbalism had grown with herbology medicine publications in Latin, Greek and English.     In the modern era, according to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 80% of the world’s population uses herbology treatments as alternative health solutions.  Herbology medicines are grown throughout the world at a fraction of the cost of modern pharmaceuticals.  Herbal remedies are very common throughout Europe and are sold alongside prescription drugs.  Traditional Chinese medicine is long known for using herbology therapies and according to thinkquest.org, herbology medicine has been chosen by the World Health Organization for worldwide propagation to meet the health care needs of the 21st century. The modern healthy lifestyles of today are learning to include herbology therapies and other alternative health practices as part of a holistic approach to life.   We hope you have learned more about Herbology as an alternative health medicine. Visit All Things Healing online today to read about alternative health practices, herbal medicine information & herbal medicine articles.  

What is Herbalism
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Dr. Baljot Bharaj, MS (Ayu), is an Ayurveda Consultant with specialization in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Kayakalp Ayurveda. She is trained in Kereliya Panchkarma. Her endeavour is t...
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Editor's Note from Leigh Glenn: I've not heard of herbalists using purslane medicinally, but the "weed" is a good land-based source of Omega 3 fatty acids with a pleasant flavor and succulent texture. If you don't already have some growing in your yard, Green Deane suggests finding some and transplanting it.

 

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Editor's Note: In this video, herbalist Rosalee de la Foret shares how to make yellow dock syrup, which may be used for someone who has low iron. Yellow Dock, Rumex crispus, also contains anthraquinones, which have a laxative effect. Long-term use of stimulating laxatives, such as Senna and Carscara Sagrada, is not advised as taking for more than immediate relief can cause loss of bowel tone, which will worsen the problem...

 

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by Dr. Sonica Krishan,

ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

In Ayurveda text it has been told that the special properties of rejuvenation and revitalizing of the entire body systems lie in the fruit of Aamla...

 

 

 

 

 

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by Leigh Glenn

One of the most common digestive complaints among Americans is “acid indigestion.” We’ve all seen our share of TV ads for drugs to relieve the condition. In fact, the top-retailing drug in the U.S. in 2010—coming in at $5.27-plus billion in total sales—was a proton-pump inhibitor sold to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)...

 

Editor's Note from Leigh Glenn: Acupuncturist and herbalist Althea Northage-Orr gave a helpful presentation on digestive disorders at the 2011 American Herbalists Guild conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla., October 2011. In this article, I draw from her discussion of stomach conditions of hyper- and hypoacidity and which plants to use to address them.

 

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by Jo Dunbar

By the time spring came around – those who had survived the hard deprivations of winter were quite likely malnourished and certainly a bit sluggish. In most of the older cultures you will see that Spring Tonics formed a very important part of restoring the strength and vitality necessary for the hard work of the coming agricultural year ahead. The idea of a Spring Tonic was to “Make your blood rise like the sap of a tree”...

 

 

 

 

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by Michele Collins, RH, MPH and
Garren M. Brannon, RD, LDN

Each season nature gives us important clues as to what is happening within our bodies and how to best adjust to the changes that are happening in the external environment. Ignoring the lessons of one season can make it harder to adjust without experiencing the illnesses and health issues associated with that season. Learn the types of ailments you are more susceptible to during spring, and how you can use nature to guide food and herb choices as you move into summer.

 

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Among the rich diversity of plant life in the Amazon, there is an amazing array of fungi, which have largely been under researched or not researched at all. Miguel shows Amy how to treat a simple ear infection with Sicochupa or Agoutis tail mushroom...


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by Leigh Glenn

With a renaissance in herbalism, there are now many must-have books, no matter one’s level of experience with plants. Here’s a list of some favorites, with brief descriptions...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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by Leigh Glenn

My first experience with poke (Phytolacca americana) was in my teacher’s back yard in central Virginia, in early fall my first year of herbal studies. She wanted us to do a plant journey. In our process, we sat with whatever plant we felt calling us, observed it, drew it, and then tasted part of it, before “journeying” through meditation on what it had to offer...

 

Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Important note to our readers: Poke may be a restricted herb in some places. In Canada, for example, it is only sold to qualified herbalists who have signed a dangerous botanicals form. As always, it's important to keep in mind that not all plants are suitable for all people. Some people, for example, are allergic to plants in the Asteraceae family and do not tolerate chamomile. When in doubt, get more information. Know the cautions and contraindications of the plant and adhere to them.

 

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by Anke Bialas

Many pet owners are using herbal medicines and alternative remedies for their animals. Before you run off and give Rover some complicated potion you spent hours brewing, it may be an idea to have your vet check your pet to make sure there are no serious underlying causes...

 

Editor's Note: This article by Anke Bialas provides herbal remedies for ailments of your pets, which help them to lead a healthier and happier life in a safe and natural way.

 

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by Katy Lowe, MH

Whether it's starting for the first time or needing to 'reboot' a health regime that doesn't motivate you - I find keeping it simple helps me to get on a path that feels good to make a routine.

Begin with something that feels 'easy' is always a great way to introduce change into your routine...

 

Editor´s Note: Change can be very frightening for some people but if we adopt small changes first then larger ones won't seem so difficult after all. Life is full of changes, as we age our bodies change rather we wat it to or not, it is then that we must look for preventative methods so that we can ride the roller coaster of life with ease and adaptability.

 

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by Brigette Mars

Brains will sprout new connections between cells as long as the environment challenges or stimulates. The saying, “Use it or you lose it” applies to brain power as well as other aspects of our lives. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers the brain uses to communicate...

 

Editor's Note: The brain is dependent on glucose to function properly. There are several exercises to help sharpen your memory: (1) take mental pictures, blinking your eyes as if they are the lenses to a camera taking a snapshot of your environment, (2) group items together, (3) link the new with what you know and (4) learn to relax, stress and anxiety can make it harder to remember.

 

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The Gift of Plants:

by Suki Roth

In our quest to hold herbalism up to the scientific eye, trying to mold it into a clinical science, we have lost touch with the very essence of herbal healing. It is not the clinically tested, standardized medicinal constituents of the plants we need for vitality and balance, but their more obscure, subtle properties. They have an innate ability to offer us the soothing relaxation, gladdening, quieting, emotional defrosting and grounding our over stimulated minds and tired spirits are so much in need of right now.

 

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