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What is Homeopathy?

As we spoke about in An Introduction to Alternative Medicine, many different natural therapies are becoming very popular in our society these days. We already learned the basics of herbal medicine here, here and here. Another of my favorite natural modalities, is Homeopathy.

Many people misunderstand the word “homeopathy” and think it to be the equivalent of “home remedies”. In reality, Homeopathy is a unique and complete system of natural medicine developed hundreds of years ago and practiced by close to 500 million people around the world today.

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What is Herbal Medicine – Part 2

In the last post in this series, we learned about the history of herbal medicine, the myths and misconceptions surrounding it and some of the reasons it has remained so popular throughout the ages. Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and find out a bit more about how to use herbs to help you and your family stay healthy!

Working with herbs

There are a few things to know about how to work with herbs before you dive in. Let’s lay a good foundation so that you can build your knowledge of herbal medicine step-by-step.

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What is Herbal Medicine? – Part 3

In past articles, we have talked about the history, myths and misconceptions of herbal medicine as well as the basics of getting started using herbs. In this post, I’d like to share with you some information on specific, common herbs and what properties they possess, as well as how you can use them as medicinal remedies.

When I teach people about herbal remedies, I love to give them skills they can use right away, wherever they live. So, I teach them about weeds first. They may not sound appealing or exciting, but they make some of the most potent and accessible healing remedies you can use!

 

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelions are a common weed that grows everywhere in temperate climates. It is the perfect herb to start off with! The entire plant is medicinal – flowers, leaves and root.

 

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What is Herbal Medicine?

As we spoke about in An Introduction to Alternative Medicine, many different natural therapies are becoming very popular in our society these days. One of my favorites, is Herbal Medicine.

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts. Pharmacognosy is the study of medicines derived from natural sources.

Herbal medicine has been the dominant form of “health care” since the beginning of human culture. Even today, 75% of the world’s population depends on some form of herbal medicine as their primary source of health care.
Many herbs are considered nutrient-rich foods and, as such, can be utilized as dietary supplements benefiting anyone regardless of their level of health, as well as complementing and supporting conventional therapy.

 

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A Brief Introduction to Alternative Medicine

“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine; but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas A Edison

This is a quote by Thomas Edison from 1902. I suggest to you that the future that Thomas Edison spoke of over a century ago is today, right now. What Thomas Edison described is exactly what alternative health modalities espouse – using diet, lifestyle and natural therapies to prevent disease and uproot the true cause of illness.

So what is alternative medicine?

According to Merriam-Webster, alternative medicine is “any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula of the United States and Britain”. This type of definition has two inherent problems:

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5 Reasons St John’s Wort is the Herb for You!

One of my very favorite and most commonly used herbs is St John’s Wort. Besides the many wonderful benefits it possesses, one of the reasons I find it so valuable is its accessibility and ease of use. I’ve written about the ways I like to use it, as well as one of my favorite methods of making medicine from it, many times.

St John’s Wort has a long and rich history of use in herbal traditions. It has been used successfully throughout the ages for conditions ranging from painful wounds, to depression to consumption.

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5 Reasons Hawthorn is the Herb for You!

5-reasons1There is a long history in many traditional cultures of using Hawthorn as food and medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Native American medicine and European herbalism have all included various parts of the Hawthorn tree in their materia medicas.

Most commonly used as a heart tonic, both for physical and spiritual/emotional issues of the heart, Hawthorn has a variety of other documented benefits as well.

 

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5 Reasons Evening Primrose is the Herb for You!

5-reasonsMany of you may be familiar with the benefits of Evening Primrose Oil. For many years now, the seed oil of the Evening Primrose plant has been researched, studied and touted for it’s GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) content, which is a precursor of EFA’s (essential fatty acids). Most of the findings of the more than 100 studies published so far show positive results for a broad range of actions from arthritis, skin issues, and premenstrual syndrome, to a variety of inflammatory problems, cardiovascular disease, and immuno-depression.

However, what you may not know about Evening Primrose, is that the entire plant, not just the oil, is used medicinally. Native to North America, this plant has many traditional uses that go far beyond the seed oil.

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5 Reasons Yarrow is the Herb for You!

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Yarrow is commonly seen tucked away in flower gardens and, just as often, growing wild in fields and sunny meadows. The botanical name of this plant, Achillea millefolium, is a reference to the Greek hero, Achilles, whose mother, Thetis, made him nearly invincible by dipping him in a vat of Yarrow tea. It has a long history of use in many different cultures including the Native American and the Traditional Chinese systems of medicine. In fact, the stems of the Yarrow plant were traditionally used in the Chinese culture to make I Ching sticks.

 

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5 Reasons Burdock is the Herb for You!

5 Reasons(3)Burdock has been praised through antiquity for the many medicinal properties it possesses. However, it has also been considered by many, the bane of their existence, particularly if they have dogs or other animals. I’m sure many of you can relate to the experience of spending hours trying to extricate hundreds of Burdock burrs (which are actually the seeds of the Burdock plant) from your dog’s coat day after day every fall…

Well, in spite of that little inconvenience, Burdock still holds it’s place as one of the most useful ‘weeds’ you can have in your yard. Here is just a sampling of the many benefits this plant boasts.

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