What's Herbal Medicine? - Duke's Materia Tonica

Scientist's Study Plant Constituents 


Herbal medicine is the theoretical part of herbology which uses scientific examination of medicinal foods and dietary supplements to determine how herbs work to support, maintain, and promote health, wellness, and well-being.

Herbs Work Through Biochemistry 

Herbal medicine may use the empirical hands-on traditional and cultural uses of herbs within herbalism for guidance in biochemical research to find the unique constituents and discover the properties that are responsible for the promotion of health, wellness, and well-being.

  • Tea is a commonly used medicinal remedy that is examined and studied for the biochemical polyphenol catechin constituents, called EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), which has medicinal properties that include antioxidant, vascular heart health, liver health, and fat metabolism boosting benefits.

Doctors Use Herbs as Drugs to Treat Disease 

Pathological Medicine Does Not Heal with Plant Constituents

Scientific studies may show the healing role and effectiveness of a unique constituent in supporting, maintaining, and promoting health, but scientific studies do not show the medical role nor do they show any degree of practical medical effectiveness of a unique constituent concerning the treatment, prevention, managing, and curing of the causes of diseases that have been diagnosed. This is regardless of the conclusion(s) made in a study, unless such conclusions are used in government approved for medical use, the allopathic medical role is quackery, since food, herbs and supplements do not treat, prevent, manage, and cure disease.

Drugs, Recreational Drugs, and CBD are Not Herbal Medicine

Health, wellness, and well-being are not accomplished with drug treatments. Even if drugs are derived from herb sources, they are not to be confused with recreational drugs, such as the intoxicants cannabis and psilocybin, nor are they related to the wrong view and false feelings of well-being associated with CBD, since drugs and CBD do not support, maintain, or promote function, healing, growth, and development in the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. For example, CBD interferes with the body's natural processes in fat metabolism, acting as a substitute recreational drug.