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.
How is herbal medicine different from pharmaceutical medications?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.