Alternative Medicine

Principles of Herbology

Natural and herbal remedies have gained enormous popularity over the last 30 years. However, many cultures, including early American settlers, have used the earth's natural resources to treat, cure and alleviate a variety of ailments for generations.

Herbology is the study of plants and and their healing properties. There are several types of herbology systems used today, they include: Chinese, Ayurved, Western, Native American and European. Despite their terminology and varying types of herbs, they all use natural resources, plants, roots, leaves, flowers and bark to promote health and well-being.

The general method herbology uses for classifying herbs include: aromatic (volatile oils), astringent (tannins), bitter (pheonal compounds, saponins and alkaloids), mucilaginous (polysaccharides) and nutritive (food). As with the general classification of herbs, there are common methods for preparing herbs, such as pastes, juices, powders, poultices, salves, teas, whole herbs, extracts, pills, infusions, syrups and ointments.

The method chosen for preparing herbs and herbal remedies is closely related to the symptoms of the specific ailment that is to be treated. Each method used for preparing herbs can provide different healing components. For this reason, one herb can be used to treat a variety of ailments.

Plants have been used internally and externally use to prevent and rejuvenate the body's systems for centuries. The medicinal use of plants can be extracted from flowers, stems,seeds, leafs, roots and bark. The knowledge of these plants and what effect they may have upon the body is the practice of herbology.


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