What's Herbalism? - Duke's Materia Tonica
January 1, 2019 11:20
Herbalism, herbal medicine, is the practical healing uses of herbs and other various foods for their medicinal properties to support the body's own healing capacity. Herbalism is a method of herbology that combines classical hands-on study of medicinal remedies with the modern scientific research of herbal medicine.
Herbalism is Named After Herbs
Herbs are the most common medicinals within herbalism because of the large variety of available plant parts to use and study, such as flowers, twigs, stems, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, berries, fruits, but herbalism also includes spices, mushrooms, insects, animals and fermented foods.
The Science of Herbs
The properties of medicinal remedies are studied in biochemistry which identifies the various unique constituents of herbs, and not only the essential nutrients. Herbal medicine studies how herbs work to support, maintain and promote health, wellness, and well-being, including any specific glands, organs and tissues of the body.
- Chamomile flowers contain azulene essential oils that calm the nerves, soothe irritation in the digestive track, maintain vascular tissue, and support digestion.
Herbs are Dietary Supplements
Medicinal herbs can be used as dietary supplements which are best added as part of a complete meal within a balanced diet to make them work, although sometimes a remedy may be taken between meals or before bed.
- Turmeric root can easily be added to any meal because it contains the antioxidant curcumin to promote liver function, support heart health, and relieve discomfort in the joints and muscles.
Herbs are Food
Medicinal herbs can be included in a recipe to increase the overall absorption of nutrition within a meal.
- Chicken soup is a good nourishing meal that is also a medicinal remedy because it contains many herbs and spices that heal the body.
Herbs are Not Recreational Drugs
Medicinal herbs used in herbal medicine are not to be confused with drugs, including cannabis and psilocybin, since both medical and recreational drugs are not medicinal, in that they do not work as medicine that supports, maintains, and promotes health, wellness, and well-being. For example: someone may wrongly confuse the intoxication of being 'high' from cannabis or the mental impairment of psilocybin as promoting well-being.