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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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 Max Drake, BSc (hons) Herbal Medicine

Fenugreek seeds are both hypoglycaemic and hypocholesterolaemic, meaning they can help in regulating blood sugar and in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, both of which are highly desirable, particularly if you are fond of sugary foods and grains in general...

 

 

 

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by Merry Lycett Harrison, RH (AHG)

One of my favorite moments in spring is when I come home in the afternoon to air scented by the sweet violets blooming in my yard. Their flowers vary in color from pink to deep purple and they bloom even before the crocus, bloodroot and trees. As an herbal medicine, they make a good tonic for the immune system, and their heart-shaped leaves were once thought to be an indication of benefit for the health of the heart...

 

Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: Merry Harrison paints a wonderful picture in helping us to see the beauty in growing a diversity of plants in your garden. Even if you live in the city you can benefit from the aromatic flowers of medicinal herbs as well as culinary herbs. Instead of buying basil why not grow it for much less? Enjoy the bouquet of green leaves.

 

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Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: In this video we have a complete understanding from Ed Berger of how herbs are whole foods. Most people that are newly introduced to herbs have concerns about the efficacity of them. Pharmaceuticals are derivatives of herbs and herbs are a diluted form of medicine. Which means they are not as potent, they should be used with care and unlike pharmaceuticals they don't have negative side effects. They have the ability to stimulate certain organs to work better. It is a known fact that 80% of the worlds population uses herbal medicine as their first line of go to defense when the body is weakened.

 

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

Rose is the flower of love, fragrance and beauty. Indeed nothing can beat this perfect gift on a valentine's day. Roses have impressed people of all age groups over ages. Though it has amazing medicinal value, it is often prized for its aesthetic value...

 

Editor's Note: Rose Gulkand is incredibly delicious, mouth-watering body coolant. It is an ideal alternative to regular jams as it is credited with many health benefits. Try this!

 

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by Milan C. Perry HHP, MH, NC                                                    

I grew up like most young girls despising that special time of the month. But for me and so many young girls or women that time wasn’t that special. I believe that I hated it more because it meant experiencing the symptoms of PMS which were pain, intense cravings for sweets, water retention, nervousness, depression, swollen tender breasts, acne, cramps and the list goes on.  PMS creates a recurring monthly anxiety for many women.  In easing the symptoms of PMS holistic medicine focuses on the cause of the issue in helping the client come up with a solution that works for their body...

 

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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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Editor´s Note: Losing weight or maintaining should be a lifestyle. You don't put it on and take it off. If it took you some time which equaled years to put it on then naturally it will take time to take it off. Don't rush it just enjoy the process.

 

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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 Merry Lycett Harrison, RH (AHG)

Last Saturday, a fit but pale woman visited my Millcreek Herbs booth at the downtown farmer's market. She shared with me that she had recently done a couple of liver cleanses and two gall bladder flushes. She asked if I had any herbal products that I would recommend for such cleanses as if she were considering doing additional ones...

 

Editor´s Note: Our body is under so much stress from our anxieties of life, the effects of aging and a mismanaged lifestyle. Herbs are designed to heal, rejuvenate and boost the mechanics of our body so that it can do it's job of rebuilding.

 

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by Paula Grainger BSc (Hons), MNIMH

I was excited to come across this stall at the Farmers’ Market last weekend. Medicinal honeys! Bee Humble Apitherapy are collecting honey from their bees and infusing it with herbs, to create some really interesting products.

 

Editor's Note: Medicinal herbal honeys are effective and tasty. Children love them and a prettily wrapped jar would make a great Christmas gift for family and friends.



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Editor´s Note: Today, aloe is one of the most widely used herbs in the United States. I don't know of any home that doesn't have a aloe plant or grew up with one in the house. It can be taken internally as well as externally. An all around miracle herb. Studies show that aloe juice may help lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes and speed wound healing in diabetics.

 

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HERBALISM

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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