Herbal Medicine

Definition

Herbal medicine: the practice of using herbs and herbal preparations to maintain health and to prevent, alleviate, or cure disease.

Herb: any plant or plant part used for its therapeutic value.

  • Many herbal medicine traditions consider minerals and animal substances to be included.

Common Questions

How is herbal medicine different from pharmaceutical medications?

Herbal medicine:

  • Prepared from living or dried plants that contain hundreds to thousands of interrelated compounds.
  • The safety and effectiveness of herbs is often related to the synergy of its many different compounds.

Pharmaceutical medicine:

  • ¬†Chemical products that are highly refined, purified, and usually synthesized.
  • In 1987, 85% of drugs were originally derived from plants.
  • Today, 15% of drugs are derived from plants.

What is the difference between herbal medicine and western medicine? 

Herbal medicine:

  • Treats people as individuals irrespective of the disease or condition they have.
  • Stimulates their innate healing power through the use of such interventions as herbs, diet, and lifestyle.

Western medicine:

  • Attacks diseases using strong chemicals that are difficult for the body to process, or through the removal of organs.
    • Ignores the unique makeup of the individual.
    • Many patients under conventional care suffer from side effects that are as bad as the condition being treated.

History

  • It has been the world’s primary medicine since the beginning, with a written history of more than 5,000 years old.
  • Today, 75% of the world’s population relies primarily on herbal medicine.

Resources

A large portion of this website is dedicated to herbal medicine. Each herb’s page provides a brief description, its medicinal properties, incorporation recommendations, and resources.

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