TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE
Herbal Medicine is the use of plants to treat and prevent disease, enhancing general health and wellbeing.
Herbal Medicine is the ultimate holistic, traditional treatment.
Employed to treat the body, prevent disease, strengthen and support hereditary weaknesses.
Herbal Medicine treats imbalances of the body due to lifestyle choices, environmental toxins and physical and emotional stresses of the body and mind.
Herbal Medicine that has been time tested validated over centuries due to its success treating illness and preventing disease without the drug-based inherent side effects.
Herbal Medicine is still the first choice in many cultures.
These traditions of using plants as Medicines are down from generations to generations.
HERBS, HOLISM AND SCIENCE
Herbal wisdom was the knowledge gained was from experience healing with plants and an intuitive heart centred connection to the living intelligence of the plants. Plants were understood to heal through the vital force (energetic properties) the underlying intelligent pattern of Nature.
You may know some of the traditional healing systems that are still incorporated and valued today, such as:
Ancient Greek Medicine,
North American traditions,
Eclectics and others.
Many of these traditions born out of folklore and indigenous practise continuing to value and honour spiritual connection and value of the person and the plant.
There is often a reason why you are attracted to a plant and its healing benefits. The more in tune and healthy you become, the stronger this attraction is perceived. It is a beautiful thing. Children have this (sense)radar more than adults. Its a gift.
The Energetics of a plant is a holistic description between the whole plant and the entire person. The concept of holistic medicine – to treat the whole body not a part which is the Western Medicine practise.
Everything is entwined and works harmoniously together in the body – Naturopathic philosophy.
MEDICAL HERBALISM – PHYTOTHERAPY
Herbal Medicine has laid down the foundations of modern medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, botany and perfumery.
Today modern Herbal Medicine is known as ‘Medical Herbalism' or ‘Phytotherapy' based on scientific principles of therapeutic herbalism and their applications in medicine.
“Phytotherapy is a thriving medical modality that uses whole plants to treat the whole people, facilitating the healing process within the framework of holistic medicine. It is both an art and science. With its roots in the past, it is still relevant and meaningful in the present, offering great potential contributions to modern medicine”.
Ref: David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG. Medical Herbalism, The Science & Practise of Herbal Medicine.
The natural world is not just a collection of material bodies but has an interior, spiritual side as well. The subjective, as well as objective faculties, must be exercised upon it to fully perceive natural phenomena…Humanity must revert to this natural level of perception to have an intuitive understanding of Nature.
~ Mathew Wood