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
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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Amy and Cary visit the community of Anangu, where they are greeted with a bowl of fermented "chicha". We are also introduced to the staple yuca which has more than one benefit.

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by Marti Kheel

The human body has become the central battlefield in western medicine's war against disease. Thus, two of the weapons used in the "war" against cancer are nitrogen mustard and radiation, both weapons used during the last world wars. The terminology of warfare permeates the modern, medical world. Thus, we hear of the "war on cancer" declared by presidential decree in 1971. We hear, too, of "bombarding" cells with an arsenal of drugs and of "magic bullets" that "target" cancerous sites. Conversely, we often hear of our alleged enemies described as cancerous growths or other forms of disease. Most of all, we hear that the war will be won, provided, of course, that biomedical research scientists are given sufficient funds.


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by Marti Kheel
Most people in the western world conceive of "alternative healing" as a deviation from the norm. Modern western medicine, by contrast, is typically viewed as the culmination of a long, steady march toward progress and truth. Through a collective lapse of memory, our culture seems to have forgotten that modern western medicine is a relatively recent phenomenon and that most of what is now called "alternative healing" has been practiced for thousands of years throughout the world. Ironically, the true "alternative" is modern western medicine which represents the great
est deviation in healing the world has ever known.

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Interview with Susun Weed, Part 1

Part 1 of a 5 part video interview with Susun Weed. The interviewer is John Gallagher, founder of LearningHerbs.com.

Susun explores why it is so important to learn about herbs even in this day and age!  (Interview in 5 parts - 10 minutes each)



Susun Weed Interview, Part 3  (Approx. 10 minutes)

Part 3 of a 5 part video interview with Susun Weed. The interviewer is John Gallagher, founder of LearningHerbs.com.


Susun explores why it is so important to learn about herbs even in this day and age!  (Interview in 5 parts - 10 minutes each)


Susun Weed Interview, Part 2  (Approx. 10 minutes)

Part 2 of a 5 part video interview with Susun Weed. The interviewer is John Gallagher, founder of LearningHerbs.com.

Susun explores why it is so important to learn about herbs even in this day and age!  (Interview in 5 parts - 10 minutes each)

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One of the world's top herbal authorities, Mark Blumenthal, advises us on how to get the most out of natural remedies ranging from aloe vera and ginger to slippery elm and elderberry.



Herbalist Roy Upton discuses the legal issues facing herbal practitioners.



Ecuador holds an amazing biological diversity and not only because it is home to 7% of the Amazon Basin, but also hosts an incrediblly diverse landscape from dry arid coast regions to sub-arctic tundra in the Andes highlands and rich, lush cloudforests on the slopes of the Andes. In addition, over 40 different indigenous groups claim Ecuador as their home.

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The Healing Seekers team heads to Madagascar, home to the rosy periwinkle from which we have derived two powerful chemotherapy drugs. As we journey through Madagascar, we seek out healers with intimate knowledge of the local plants. Along the way, we meet some interesting people and discover a spiritual side of Malagasy culture.

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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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