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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An Interview with Susun Weed
by Randy Peyser

Susun Weed, an herbalist in upstate New York, teaches a 30,000 year-old course of study called, "The Wise Woman Way," via workshops, correspondence courses, and live-in apprenticeships. She has written "The Wise Woman's Herbal," a series of book about women's health issues, including one called, "NEW Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90..."



by Jaime De La Barrera

Herbalism is a respectable profession and has been for thousands of years. It actually laid the foundations for modern medicine, botany, pharmacy, aromatherapy and chemistry. Unfortunately, due to our fascination with technology and other reasons, Herbalism was relegated to an empirical and semi-magic art.


Thanks to these conditions, more and more people have started to seek other ways of treating their ailments, rediscovering complementary medicine which has created the renaissance of Herbalism. Herbs, Herbalists and Herbalism are now in vogue and to meet the demand of the herbal renaissance, there is a growing number of highly trained, well educated herbalists...



by Anna Hunt
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com

Research institutions around the world are beginning to discover the many positive effects that the cannabis plant has on the human body. More scientists are researching how the properties of marijuana could fulfill the need for effective cancer prevention and treatment...


Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: The Marijuana plant has been given a bad name through the years but used properly it can have beneficial results. Herbs are highly compatible with the human body since they come from nature and thus it can absorb the medicinal properties within it.



by Annie B. Bond
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

One in nine women develop breast cancer. Give your Mom (or yourself, if you are a woman), the gift of some breast health tea! The breasts have a high concentration of lymphatic tissue and glands. For the
health of the body and the health of the breasts, it is important to keep the lymph system flowing freely...


Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: Herbs can help your body build up a resistance to fight the battle ahead of you. They can be used in conjunction with your treatment to minimize side effects or as a alternative to pharmaceuticals or radiation therapy. It is important to change your diet as well.




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...




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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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