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Natural Herbs Uses
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Brahmi
Boswellia
Garlic
Guggul
Gymnema
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Herbal Medicine : History and Origins

 

The history of herbal medicine is really the history of humankind, for every culture throughout time has relied upon herbs for its medicines. Some cultures - for instance, in India and China - have maintained a strong, unbroken tradition of herbalism for several centuries, while in Europe and North America its popularity has soared and plunged periodically as Western medicine achieved greater prominence. Today, however, interest in herbal medicine has increased once more, with an appreciation of its safer, holistic approach.

Probably the first system of herbal medicine, apart from the almost instinctive use of plants for healing that existed from the dawn of history and is still practised by remote tribes, was developed in India well over 4,000 years ago. From India, the use of plants probably travelled with migrating people into China; traditional Chinese medicie has developed a strong philosophical view point on health and disease, with treatments ranging from herbal medicines to acupuncture, moxibustion and massage techniques.

Knowledge also travelled westwards, into the Middle East, and one of the significant influences on present day European herbalism was te ancient Egyptian tradition. Papyri dating back some 3,500 years indicate that the Egyptians used several hundred plants for food and medicine. These two users were inextricably linked for centuries, as one Greek writer put it: "Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food."

As the ancient Greeks, expanded their empire, so their knowledge and use of herbs was spread throughout the realm, and other plants were added to their materia medica. When the Romans superseded the Greeks, their army doctors carried herbs and herbal medicine all over the known world. A large number of Mediterranean herbs were written on natural history and medicine which were to be fundamental to medical thought for centuries.

After the decline of Roman Empire, much of its literature went eastwards to Byzantium and the Arabic cultures. Traditional medicines here has retained a good deal of this ancient philosophy, and some of it came back to Europe with the Moorish invasions.

After the printing press was invented, all the old Greek and ARoman texts could be reproduced for a much wider readership. This coincided with the rapid expansion of towns and cities, and for the next three hundred years or so, knowledge and interest in herbs, in all areas of life, was greatly increased. By the sixteenth century, books about herbs were published in the contemporary languages rather than Latin, and herbalism was an integral part of life. Books by authors such as Matthiolus, Turner, Gerard and Culpeper became bestsellers with practical advice on the uses of herbs; indeed Culpeper has never been out of print to this day, for over three hundred years.

Meanwhile, herbal medicines had been takesn over by the settlers to America and used much as in Europe. It is possible to trace the spread of herbs along the eastern seaboard of te United States of America from early plantings by these settlers. Some of the more inquisite migrants tried to learn from the Native Americans, since they were, before the importation of different diseases by the clonists, a healthy race.

The native American system of herbal relied upon the use of herbs, simple yet nourishing food, fresh air adn exercise. They also successfully used heat adn water applicatons such as sweat lodges-teepees heated by a fire-with their physical and spiritual benefits.

The last ten to twenty years have seen another great resurgence in interest in natural medicine, and herbalism is both highly popular and increasingly respected as a safe and effective system of general medicine. While today's professiona practitioner of herbal medicine may see a wide range of people, often suffering from serious and chronic ill-health, the emphasis is always on the individual, looking at the whole picture of a person's health and not just any specific systoms; this holistic approach is one good reason for its renewed popularity. Herbalism is also equally concerned with prevention or maintaining good health outside times of illness, and it is this aspect which attracts many people to use herbs in their daily lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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