What's Herbology? - Duke's Materia Tonica

January 1, 2019 11:21

What's Herbology?

Herbology encompasses the nature of healing plants and other supplemental types of medicinal remedies which are collectively known as herbs. Herbology includes several different methodologies in the understanding of herbs.

Personal Herbology

The basis of herbology is the personal experience a person has in relationship with herbs, such as seeing the shapes and colors, smelling the aromatics, and tasting the flavors.

Cultural Herbology

Observing the traditional way a culture wisely incorporates the use of herbs into daily life, including native locations where the herbs grow, gathers empirical herbology knowledge.

Energetic Herbology

Energies and other subtle qualities of the finer existence of herbs is spiritually practiced as part of herbology, including astrological attributions and other religious beliefs and rituals uses.

Scientific Herbology

Herbology is applied in modern times by utilizing the classical applications of herbalism with the study of herbal medicine and the medicinal properties of constituents found in how herbs work to support, maintain and promote health and wellbeing.

Type of Herbology Around the World

The three main types of herbalism and associated methodologies:

  • Western Herbalism
  • Classical Chinese Herbalism
    • Five Elements
    • Qi, Yin, and Yang
    • Tonics
  • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • Tridosha - Pitta, Vata, Kapha
    • Energy (virya)
    • Flavors (rasa)
    • Post-digestive Effect (vipaka)
    • Special Potency (prabhava)