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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by Ashish Paul

Fenugreek is also known as Methi or Methika in India and is found as a small and a big variety. The small variety has been used as food for humans whereas the big variety is used in animal fodder and is called ‘Metha’. It’s widely grown all over India especially in north regions of Punjab and Kashmir...

 

 
Editor's Note from Jaime De La Barrera: Therapeutic dosages of a medicinal herbs will vary according to many individual factors such as: age/constitution of the individual, weight, herb constituents/toxicity, type of condition, and desired therapeutic effects amongst others.

 


by Katy Lowe, MH

Admit it, there is so much information out there in regards to Menopause.... however, when talking about Perimenopause symptoms, I feel like I'm sitting at the top of a roller coaster asking myself how I got up here, clinging with a vice like grip - all wide-eyed and facing the unknown.  I seem to be stumbling over yet another experience as I move through this point in my life...

 

Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: It can be confusing for many women when they experience hormonal changes of menopause in their life. Katy Lowe helps us to see that it is not abnormal to have little or no real knowledge of the list of possible symptoms that could be caused by this time in their life. For years women have suffered in silence or just took a hormone pill. I can remember a turning point for many during an episode of All In the Family where Edith opening talked about changes her body was experiencing. In modern times Alternative Therapies has definitely paved the way for change.

 

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by Christopher Hobbs

Holistic treatment for insomnia is multifaceted and incorporates many techniques including herbal medicine, vitamin and mineral supplements, lifestyle changes, improved sleep hygiene, massage therapy, behavioral therapy, meditation, diet, exercise, hypnosis, acupuncture, relaxation, guided imagery, and homeopathy. A treatment approach is aimed at precluding all the potential causes of insomnia rather than simply providing symptomatic relief...

 

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by Dr. Akilah El

Lavender flowers have long since been used to treat digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. Until World War I, lavender was used to treat and disinfect wounds. For centuries, English farmers would place lavender flowers in their hats to prevent headache and sunstroke. Women would place sachets of lavender in their closets and wardrobes for fragrance..

 

Editor's Note: Lavender is a bushy aromatic shrub with medicinal and culinary values. This ornamental plant is usually grown for its essential oils. Check out this article to know more about it.

 

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by Milan C. Perry HHP, MH, NC


Calm is not something that is easily attained, a few days ago I found myself completely engaged in a book called, "Instant Calm" by Paul Wilson. Here is an excerpt from the book, let me know what you think?  Funny thing is that, the chapter that really caught my attention was called, Calm...

 

 

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by Jaime De La Barrera
Aging to me means that I will be able to perform everyday task without a problem for as long as possible such as bathing, eating, dressing, shopping, cooking, taking the bus, walking a flight of steps or half a mile, lifting or carrying weight, meditate, reading, writing or handling small objects, help others.

 

Editor's Note: The contents of this article are for educational purposes only and in no way intended to substitute for the advice of a health care professional. I encourage Internet users to be careful when using medical information. If you are unsure about your medical condition, consult a physician or a medical herbalist.


by Milan C. Perry HHP, MH, NC

So many women are a victim of this disease but we don’t have to stay a victim. If you are African American, you’re at at risk of heart disease and stroke partly because this ethnic group have a higher risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity...

 

 

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by Chandana Deekshith, BAMS, MD (AM), FCR (India)

Country Borage/Indian borage/Mexican mint/Cuban Oregano is biologically known as Coleus aromaticus and is a member of Laminaceae family. This evergreen shrub, regarded as Queen of herbs is credited with many medicinal uses...

 

Editor's Note from Chandana Deekshith: Do you want to stay cool this summer? Then, learn this delicious sauce of Country Borage. Good news is that you can grow this beautiful plant in a pot and can maintain it indoor, too (in winter).
 

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Monica-Jean makes a year’s supply of Elderberry tincture for the whole family in just five minutes….for far less than store bought and much more fun, economical and empowering too. Elderberry tincture is excellent at soothing sore throat, easing cold and flu symptoms, also as prevention of illness in winter months.

 

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by Susun S. Weed

I'm so glad I'm finally old. Sadly, many of my friends don't like me to use that word. They say they don't want to be "old". I think what they really mean is they don't want to be the kind of old that's infirm and dependent. I agree. Vigorously old, excitingly old, sensuously old, daringly old - those are the adjectives I like to apply to myself as an old woman...

 
 

 

Editor's Note: Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica, Urtica urens) is such an amazing plant that it should be featured in every herbalist's garden. It's a tasty food, useful in a variety of remedies, and can even be used to fertilize other plants in the garden.
 

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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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