Herbal Medicine Explained (Part I)

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Herbal Medicine Explained (Part I)
What is herbal medicine and what is the
philosophy behind herbal medicine
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine is an ancient system of
medicine that utilizes seeds, berries,
roots, leaves, bark, or flowers of plants.
Herbal medicine is sometimes referred to as
phytomedicine, botanical medicine or
Unlike orthodox (western/modern) medicine,
herbal medicine is not just based in
science, but has a strong component of art.
It balances the art & science of medicine.
Recently, the World Health Organization
estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely
on herbal medicines for some aspect of their
primary healthcare. In the last twenty years
in the United States, increasing public
dissatisfaction with the cost, efficacy and
potential of side-effect of prescription
medications, combined with an interest in
returning to natural or organic remedies,
has led to an increase in the use of herbal
medicines. In countries such as Germany and
Switzerland, roughly 600 to 700 plant-based
medicines are available are prescribed by
approximately 70% of physicians.
The Skills of herbalists have developed long
before the science-based machines that go
'beep', and the skills of the doctor had to
be far greater than simply looking at the
blood test results from the pathology lab.
The herbalist has to be able to look at the
physical, mental and spiritual health of the
patient to interpret their state of health.
That is not to say that modern day
herbalists do not use technology. Of course
they do, they use auroscopes, stethoscopes,
and a variety of other technology, which is
commonly used by a GP (orthodox general
practitioner or MD - medical doctor).
As a doctor of Chinese medicine I am often
looking at X-rays, blood test results and
other test results that patients present to
me. I also send patients for specific tests.
After all, why not use technology if it can
be of assistance in the treatment of my
As a scientist, I also like to use these
types of tests to get scientific validation
that my treatments are working - why not,
after all if I can actually measure the
success of treatment why not do so.
A herbalist is also uniquely qualified to
make natural

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