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.  

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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 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...

 

 

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Editor's Note: This video is about the health benefits of the wonderful and amazing bark–Cinnamon, by Joan Loganeski. The Latin name of Cinnamon is Cinnamomum zeylanicum. It is a easily available spice in every household which is not only known for its aroma but also for its multiple medicinal uses.

 

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Editor's Note: If you've never heard of mycologist Paul Stamets -- or have heard of him, but not heard him talk -- pull up a chair and check out this video from TEDTalks. TED requires that speakers present in about 18 minutes, and Stamets -- whose brilliant talks I've attended have never been less than an hour -- comes through. Stamets, author of Mycelium Running, appears in this 2008 TED Conference video without his famous Agarikon hat, but he summarizes and highlights many amazing facts about mushrooms.

 

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by Brigette Mars

Our three sources of oxygen, food, water and air are polluted and bound with toxins. As these sources become deoxygenated, they become breeding grounds for anaerobic bacteria. All forms of pollution starve our bodies of oxygen...

 

Editor´s Note: "It is a difficult concept for many people to come to terms with, but air pollution in their homes often pose a greater threat to their health than the pollution outside their front doors.."--David R. Collison, MB, BS in Why Do I Feel So Awful? Most people are unaware that chemicals inside the home are typically 10-20 times higher than outdoors.

 

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by Milan Perry

Detoxing for weight loss before your wedding may seem like the best thing to do to drop weight quick. But you have to ask yourself is it safe for you do long term.

Celebrities are always boasting about some juice cleanse that enabled them to get into a slim and trim body dropping all visible signs of fat exposing lean muscle mass. Perhaps you won’t get the lean muscle unless you actually do weight training but being slimmer is definitely what you will accomplish...

 

A Note from ATH Supervising Editor, Sherri Carter: Milan is a former editor with ATH. She has a fabulous website full of great professional insight, along with offering her services. One of these is her 11 Day Detox program. Whether it's your wedding, special occasion or even the upcoming holidays, get yourself ready to "cleanse, rebuild, and boost your energy levels" and who couldn't use some extra energy, especially during this time of year!

 

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Editor's Note: Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, is a good plant for healing skin, though its power to regenerate needs to be respected. In this video by HerbMentor, you can learn how to make a comfrey poultice. Comfrey is another great herb to have in the garden, not only for its medicinal qualities, but also because it's a dynamic accumulator that brings minerals and nutrients up from the soil, making them more available to other plants, but also because it attracts pollinators and can be made into a compost fertilizer for other plants in the garden.

 

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Editor's Note: In this video, Rosalee de la Foret demonstrates an easy, inexpensive and simple recipe of making a herbal facial scrub at home. Try this and give your skin a complete makeover!
 

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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...

 

 

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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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Reviewed by Michael Williams, PhD,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

This is another in a series of highly-informative and enlightening books from the folk at Singing Dragon. In this one, author Stefan Ball explains the principles behind Bach Flower remedies—how they work and what they can do for you...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Singing Dragon Press continues to publish informative guides to alternative and complementary medicine and healing systems. In this review, Co-editor of Therapeutic Storytelling Michael Williams reports on author Stefan Ball's Principle of Bach Flower Remedies.

 

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by Christopher Hobbs

Women have known for thousands of years that physical and emotional symptoms related to their menstrual cycle occur. They recognize that the mood swings, depression, sweet cravings, bloating, headaches, and other cyclic symptoms definitely have something to do with hormonal changes that occur during the cycle...

 

 

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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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