Archive for herbal history

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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