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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Editor's Note from Chandana Deekshith: Aloe vera is extremely beneficial for the body. This video is an overview of the nutritional and cleansing  properties of the unique plant-Aloe, which contains over 200 active compounds, 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins.




by Candis Cantin, RH

Some herbalists hold the idea that there can be a “clinical herbalist” who is practicing herbology but doesn’t know or recognize plants and many times cannot make the simplest medicine. We have seen many sincere students of acupuncture or naturopathy come out of schools who are extremely stressed due to the academic and financial pressures. They were taught all the academically appropriate things but they were not shown what it is to be a True Human being nor were they given the initiatory steps to what a true healer is. 


by Tim Moorhouse

The Elder has been used since ancient times for its medicinal properties. In fact it was once considered to be the “Medicine Chest Tree” as all its parts can be used to treat common ailments. Although the leaves, bark, flowers and berries were once used, it is mainly the flowers and berries that have a modern usage...




by Dr. Sonica Krishan

Black Pepper is believed to be rich in Vitamin A & B and also contain some minerals like Calcium, Iron and Phosphorous. It has proven multiple uses in almost all the disorders of the body organ systems.

Most commonly, it is essential ingredient of an Indian kitchen and thus it is handy and useful in treating a number of common ailments...



by Janice Nadine Richards

Diabetes is one of today’s most significantly growing and frightening health problems in the United States. Almost 24 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and up to 57 million are considered pre-diabetic. Fortunately the good news is that by practicing a few healthy lifestyle changes, type 2 diabetes can be regulated and frequently reversed...



by Susun S. Weed

Water retention, mood swings, sore breasts, and indigestion are problems experienced by many women in the week preceding menstruation. Here are a few tips from Susun Weed's best-selling book, NEW Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (Alternatives for Women 30-90) to help ease these discomforts...



by Jo Dunbar
We all have the yeast Candida albicans inside us, but the question dividing health practitioners is: Can it spread out of control and cause symptoms of disease? No, say most doctors – at least not in M.E. Yes, says medical herbalist Jo Dunbar, author of How to Cope Successfully with Candida, who shares her perspective on tackling this controversial gut organism...




by Dr. Sonica Krishan,

ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

The natural herb of Aloe Vera has the Latin name of Aloe Vera Linn and belongs to the family Lilliaceae. This particular herb is actually a store house of multiple health giving assets and is primarily a wonderful natural digestive. Ayurveda therapeutic science recommends Aloe Vera for a number of digestion maladies like acidity, excessive flatulence, indigestion, constipation, loss of hunger and piles...




by Jo Dunbar

Over the years, I have treated many cases of ME/CFS, and I would say that almost bar none –  the background to this disorder has been adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are our stress reactors – helping us to adapt to the changes in our normal daily lives. In the incredibly stressful world in which we live, life often throws up more challenges than we can physiologically cope with...

by Keoni Teta and Jillian Sarno

Theobroma cacao, the scientific name of the plant from which raw cocoa powder is derived and the main ingredient in chocolate, literally means "food of the gods."  It is a famous plant with a lengthy and rich history; a symbol of love that cuts across cultures; a power food packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals and the building blocks of neurotransmitters and other "feel good" hormones...Some experts are even saying the health-giving properties of cocao will potentially benefit public health equal to or more than antibiotics and anesthesia...

by Brigitte Mars

Chia is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) Family. Salvia, the genus name, derives from the Latin salvere, meaning, “to save.” Another well known member of the Salvia genus is sage (Salvia officinalis). The common name, chia, derives from the Mayan chiabaan, meaning, “strengthening.” The native people of the American Southwest for endurance have long used Chia seeds...




by Dr. Akilah El

A Rose hip is the fruit of a rose. The wild dog rose is the type of rose most often cultivated for their hips. This plant grows up to ten feet tall and bears a white, very fragrant flower. Once the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a wide variety of preparations...

Editor's Note:
Rose hip/Rose haw is the fruit of the Rose plant, which is known for its fragrance and beauty. Rose hip is a red or orange colored berry. They are usually used to prepare jams, jellies, stews, sauces, puddings and breads. The Roman writer Pliny recorded 32 disorders that responded to treatment with rose preparations in AD 77. Read on.... to know more about Rose hip.



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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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