Herbs, Medical Herbalism and the Herbalist

 
 What is an herb?  The New Oxford American Dictionary defines an herb as “any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume”.  Natural healers use a boarder definition that includes any substance from the plant kingdom that is used as medicine.

What is an herb?

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines an herb as “any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume”.  Natural healers use a boarder definition that includes any substance from the plant kingdom that is used as medicine.

 
 What is an Herbalist?  An Herbalist is a practitioner of and contributor to the field of herbal medicine.  Some herbalist are naturopaths, holistic practitioners, nutritionists, pharmacists, native healers and hail from everywhere around the world.    Their are many herbal traditions including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC), Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine (TAM), Western Herbal Medicine, (WHM).  Western Herbal Medicine originated in Europe and was the primary healing system of the population before modern medicine was discovered.  It was brought to North America by the first settlers and was later integrated with Native American Herbology.

What is an Herbalist?

An Herbalist is a practitioner of and contributor to the field of herbal medicine.  Some herbalist are naturopaths, holistic practitioners, nutritionists, pharmacists, native healers and hail from everywhere around the world.    Their are many herbal traditions including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC), Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine (TAM), Western Herbal Medicine, (WHM).  Western Herbal Medicine originated in Europe and was the primary healing system of the population before modern medicine was discovered.  It was brought to North America by the first settlers and was later integrated with Native American Herbology.

 
 What is Herbal, or Botanical Medicine?  It is the most ancient form of health care.  All systems of herbal medicine value and respect the healing power of nature.  Herbology is an art and a science with extensive scientific documentation existing for the use of herbs for many conditions.  The World Health Organization notes that of 119 plant-derived pharmaceutical medicines, 74% are used in modern medicine in ways that correlate directly with their traditional uses as plant medicines by native cultures.  However, due to the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, there is a renewed recognition of the unique medicinal value of herbs.  Herbology is a thriving medical modality that uses whole plants to create balance and facilitate healing the whole person.

What is Herbal, or Botanical Medicine?

It is the most ancient form of health care.  All systems of herbal medicine value and respect the healing power of nature.  Herbology is an art and a science with extensive scientific documentation existing for the use of herbs for many conditions.  The World Health Organization notes that of 119 plant-derived pharmaceutical medicines, 74% are used in modern medicine in ways that correlate directly with their traditional uses as plant medicines by native cultures.  However, due to the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, there is a renewed recognition of the unique medicinal value of herbs.  Herbology is a thriving medical modality that uses whole plants to create balance and facilitate healing the whole person.

 Each herbal systems has its own method of classifying herbs.  In Western Herbalism, herbs are categorized by the type of condition they’re used for.  Herbs contain a large number of naturally occurring chemicals that have a biological influence and by having an understanding of these properties herbalist can determine which herbs can be combined in order to help specific systems and imbalances.  Herbs combined with proper nutrition, and a healthy life style, are an extremely effective tool in facilitating healing and helping you reach your optimum health goals.   

Each herbal systems has its own method of classifying herbs.  In Western Herbalism, herbs are categorized by the type of condition they’re used for.  Herbs contain a large number of naturally occurring chemicals that have a biological influence and by having an understanding of these properties herbalist can determine which herbs can be combined in order to help specific systems and imbalances.  Herbs combined with proper nutrition, and a healthy life style, are an extremely effective tool in facilitating healing and helping you reach your optimum health goals.