Archive for Herbs in History

Health Benefits of Tea in History

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The medicinal use of Tea began in ancient times in China and Japan. Tea was popular for two reasons: its wonderful taste and the health benefits it offers.

It was commonly used for headaches, depression-like symptoms, boosting energy, and even to aid in improving eyesight.

As the story goes, an emperor was presented with a cup of hot water that had turned brown from a leaf that had dropped into a pot of boiling water. He was pleased with the taste of it and from that point on, tea was born.

Tea was also ground into a paste-like substance and was applied to reduce pain and inflammation.

Health benefits of tea stand the test of time.

It became popular with Buddhists as a means to stay awake for long periods of meditation. As the centuries came and went, tea evolved, but kept its medicinal purposes. Instead of drinking the tea to rid themselves of their ailments, our ancestors started to grind the leaves and boil them together with foods, like rice, ginger and milk.

Tea was also reportedly used for things like normal aches and pains, digestion problems and as a means of boosting a body’s immune system to defend against a myriad of foreign bodies that enter us.

It was an historic belief that tea also held religious properties that enabled those who drank it to elongate their life expectancy. Tea traveled to many different countries and its medicinal benefits came along with it.

Tea became popular and was used throughout medical history. Read More→

Herbal Healing and our Ancestors

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

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The fact is, without herbal medicine, modern medicine wouldn’t be as advanced as it is today. Humans have relied on plants for thousands of years – not only for nutrition, but to ease what ails us.

Herbs have helped us survive disease and pestilence, and contributed to our survival for as long as we’ve been around. Herbs are even mentioned in the bible many times.

Only over time have we learned which herbs and parts of a plant provide value and which have the potential to cause damage.

We know that our ancestors used herbal remedies because archeologists have unearthed evidence that they used plant-based treatments all over the world. What’s intriguing is that cultures on a global scale, which had no known contact with one another, all used herbal remedies in much the same way – testing and tracking what worked and what didn’t in the herbal world of remedies.

As time proved some assumptions correct, our ancestors passed the teachings about herbal treatments down through familial lineage. They also created texts to help others study and learn about the techniques used in taking a natural approach to healing. Read More→

The World of Herbal Medicine

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The Chinese have made it a point to blend nature’s garden into the world of medicine more than any other culture in history and they still advocate the importance of herbs today.

Many cultures have traditionally used herbs in their remedies, but since around 5000 BC China has alleviated ailments using herbs.  This power knowledge has been accumulated for thousands of years, which is how the Chinese have mastered the art of cultivating herbs for medicinal purposes. Even today other cultures from around the world look to them for insight into how a diagnosis can be treated with herbs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

The world relies heavily on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) — everyone from consumers to specialists in every field of medicine.  The Chinese developed their system of medicine and herbal remedies to cater to the yin and yang principle, where the body is in perfect balance. Herbs deliver that harmony.

Instead of treating one symptom, as is commonly done in the Western world, Chinese herbal remedies seek to get the body back to a natural state of balance allowing healing to take place and eliminate imbalances.  Along with herbal remedies, the Chinese also incorporate acupuncture, massage, and a healthy diet into the concept of harmony and healing.

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