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Herbal Medicine, sometimes referred to as Alternative medicine, is powerful application of plant matter, herbs, in the form of dried leaf, flower or root or as herbal extracts in liquid, powder or tablet form.The Western herbalist or Chinese herbalist tasks include thorough analysis of the individual and takes into consideration environmental, nutritional and emotional factors.
Millions of years of traditional herbal medicine speak for themselves. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 75% of the world’s population uses Herbal Medicine as their primary form of treatment and therefore supports its use.
The Herbalist's philosophy is that humans, like plants, are biologically complex. This means that to achieve a long lasting medicinal benefit with few or no side effects, a plant with its complex active principles will be utilized by the body more easily than a single isolated drug.
There is an enormous body of modern scientific data on medicinal plants to support the use of Herbal Medicine as an effective medicine, either as an alternative or to complement pharmaceutical drugs.
Although Herbal Medicine is the oldest system of medicine, it also has a valid scientific basis for its effectiveness. Herbal Medicine acknowledges and seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant, however the basic philosophy of Herbal Medicine is that these plant chemicals should be used in their most natural form.
In Western Herbal Medicine knowledge was passed down through generations by wise women, shamans or medicine men. It comes from various parts of the world mainly Britain, Europe and the Native American people. There is overlap in the use of certain herbs among all the traditions because the same species can occur in different geographic locations.
The Chinese people have been documenting the various chinese herbs, by observation and study of their mode of actions and effects have built up a huge chinese herb pharmacopoeia that can be relied upon. And in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine records have been kept for Millennia.
Chinese Medicine is a coherent and independent system of thought and practice that has been developed over two millennia. Based on texts that date back to ancient dystanic eras, it is the result of a continuous process of critical thinking, as well as extensive observation and testing.
It represents a thorough formulation and reformulation of material by respected clinicians and theoreticians. It is also however rooted in the philosophy, logic, sensibility, and habits of another civilization, different to ours and it has its own perspective of the body and od health and disease.
It was said that people paid the local 'doctor' to keep them healthy and stopped paying when they fell ill. Therefore it was in the best interest of the doctor to cure their illnes quickly.
As a result of the cultural revolution of the 1960s, many designated people in villages were trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which comprised of herbs, acupuncture and other compunds. This was done to compensate for the lack of medical care that was experienced in poorer regions during the British rule.
From 'Ayurveda', translated as 'the science of life', comes Ayurvedic Medicine. Practiced over millennia and recorded in the Vedas (ancient scripts of India) Ayurveda has been shown to have included plant medicines, surgeries, homepathy and many other modalities that have been used for thousands of years and continue to be refined and modified up to the present day.
Ayurveda is as valid a form of medicine as Western Herbal Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and any other tried and proven 'alternative medicine' modality.
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“Modern" (pharmaceutical) medicine derives its active chemicals from herbs and modern medicine has obtained many of its drugs from the plant world. The active chemical in a plant is isolated and refined to yield a drug, which is then administered. Some examples of these is Aspirin, which was originally isolated and refined from the white willow (Salix species) and Buscopan, for which the active ingredient is hyoscine butylbromide from the Australian native Duboisa bush.
It may seem fine and convenient to obtain the drug in an easy to administer form. However many of the modern drugs cause unwanted and unpleasant side effects.
The opposite is true of herbs. It has been shown that when properly prepared, an herbal remedy includes the necessary elements that counter the side effects that can occur when the isolated component is used.
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