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 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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Editor's Note: In this video, Herbalist Nicole Carter demonstrates the recipe of an effective, instant, kids cough syrup using safe herbs that kids love. Try this!

 

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Editor´s Note: Tongue diagnosis is a method of observing the surface of the tongue and looking for any discoloration of particular areas. It is a science that allows the practitioner to examine the state of the digestive system-from the stomach to the anus. Called" Zetsu Shin" in Japanese, tongue diagnosis is one of the most important forms of diagnosis in Chinese medicine.

 

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

The herb Asparagus belongs to family Liliaceae and the Latin name is Asparagus racemosus. In Ayurveda, it is called as Shatavari (one who possesses hundred husbands and also that which cures 100 diseases) and Shatamuli (plant with 100 roots). Shatavari strengthens the female reproductive system, enhances female fertility and maintains health of women...

 

Editor's Note: Asparagus is a climbing shrub which can be grown in any good garden soil. Shatavari kalpa, a well-known Ayurvedic formulation of Asparagus is used to treat an array of ailments especially used as a galactogogue. And it is available in market as granules and gives good results if taken with milk.

 

 

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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. 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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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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