Medicinal Herbs

 

 

 

With vitamins and minerals in perfect balance, medicinal herbs are among the most useful foods known to man. Medicinal herbs serve to maintain and restore health. These are the kind of medicines that get to the root of the illness where modern medicine fails. To a great extent, people lack awareness about medicinal drugs. We hope that you find this guide useful.
Henriette's Herbal Homepage: Among the best herb sites online, fully searchable and excellent for cross referencing.
Herblist: The Herblist is a must-check, especially if you're a complete herb-nerd who likes his inbox filled with emails titled "diverticulitis" and "herbs for an infected toe”.
Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: All the eclectic books you'd like to have, but are either out of print or too expensive? Herbalists everywhere owe Michael a debt of gratitude for the immense amount of work he's put into making such valuable information accessible.

Herb Usage Frequency

Most herbs may be treated like foods, not drugs. Therefore, many herbs can be taken in large quantities with absolutely no side effects. Mixed herbs have less of a side effect than having different foods together. So, you can freely use the herbs you want to in order to acquire greater health benefits. Moreover, many chemical drugs can be taken in combination with herbs, though it’s recommended to take them at separately.
Matthew Wood: He's a remarkably good writer, and has found a beautiful blend of herbalism, homeopathy, flower essences, alchemy and indigenous herb craft. His site is filled with some really wonderful treasures.
The Medicine Woman's Roots: You've got to love this resource because the posts are down to earth and get to the foundational core of traditional western herbalism. The author is a splendid writer and has a great knack for being able to explain concepts that could be difficult in a very assessable manner.
HerbTvOnline: Dave LaLuzerne is a herbalist in Madison, WI who has made a slew of really cool DVDs of herbalists from around the country. As several of these people don't have books or much in the way written material out, the videos serve as a valuable addition to our collective herbal repertoire, as well as offering a different format for learning.

Dosage Amount and Time Period

When you’re trying a new herb, start with a recommended dosage and see how your body responds to it. If the expected result is not achieved, vary the dosage accordingly. Medicinal herbs need to be multiplied in dosage 5-6 times when they’re being used for health restoration, as compared to health maintenance. In fact, around three months of sustained dosage is necessary before the body shows signs of improvement. In some cases, it takes as much as a year of reparation for the body to come back to its optimum shape.
Karyn Sanders â€" Herbalist: Karyn Sanders has been working with herbs most of her life and has had a clinical practice since 1979.
Herbal Therapeutics: David Winston's site has some excellent articles he's written, as well as PDF files of interest to those of us herb nerds who dig on vintage nineteenth century eclectic and physio-medical herbalism.
Body â€" Soul â€" Spirit: A resource that has some nice articles, among which is a real gem of a write up on the Vitalist principles of Physio-Medicalism, which, along with the Eclectic practice, may have been the high point of western energetic herbalism.

Herb Treatment Results

It’s difficult to say how soon any results should be expected from a herbal course. There are various factors involved that may affect the outcome. For example, the severity of the issue, the individual’s digestive system, amount of herbs consumed, etc. But some complications such as constipation and blood sugar imbalances will show improved results within 24 hours. On the other hand, a person with cancer or arthritis may not see any improvement for weeks.
Pacific School of Herbal Medicine: The Pacific School of Herbal Medicine offers community classes and a professional clinical training program in American herbal medicine based in Western physiology and anatomy, modern clinical use of plants, and the gentle traditions of simpling, wildcrafting, and folk medicine.
The Forager’s Harvest: An informative website on foraging and medicinal herbs by Samuel Thayer.
Ryan Drum: Ryan Drum's site is very cool, but there are certainly some "interesting" ideas offered here and there that might make you scratch your head (thinking specifically about a notion offered in "Herbs for Men's Health" about x and y chromosomes...).

What about Chemical Drugs?

Herbs, when used correctly, can be a safe, long-term solution, however you should never quit taking the pharmaceuticals you’ve been prescribed. It is not uncommon for people to gradually reduce drug dosage and frequency while they adopt herbs as their primary medicines. You should consult a physician if you have queries about the discontinuing of medication.
United Plant Savers: For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, here is a list of wild medicinal plants which are often considered most sensitive to the impact of human activities.
Henriette’s Herbal: The medicinal herblist is a list for the discussion of medicinal herbs and herbal medicine.

Herb Consumption Timing

Herbs can be consumed like food and therefore, can be taken whenever you want. Typically, they’re consumed before meals for digestion. People with busier schedules will take them first thing in the morning and last thing at night. A few others who consume herbs after their meals will experience burping. Insomnia and cleansing related herbs are often taken before sleep.
American Herbalist Guild Student Group: This forum, hosted by the American Herbalist Guild, provides a place for all students of Herbal Medicine to interface with the greater community of students.
Herbal Mentor: John and Kimberly Gallagher started LearningHerbs.com in 2005 to show people how simple it was to stay healthy naturally with herbs and good food.
Mushroom Expert: Identify Mushrooms with the help of this database.

Side Effects

Some people report a “cleansing reaction” of the body during the first few dosages of herbs (nausea, diarrhea, etc.). This detoxifying process helps to bring the body into a healthy state.
Medicinal herbs are easier and safer to use as compared to traditional drugs. But even then, as with all medication, a proper diet, sleeping habits, and exercise will help you recover, maintain, and optimize your body’s performance.
Herbal Remedies - Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions: A detailed study of how different drugs might interact with medicinal herbs.
Chemotherapy Side-Effect Treatment: A study of Chinese medicinal herbs for the treatment of side-effects from chemotherapy in breast cancer patients.
Michigan Flora: Not picture heavy, but rather a botanical key for Michigan with county level distribution maps. The search by genus option can help you look to see where to look for a given species, or help to reverse ID a plant you've found

Useful Links

Chinese Herbalists

Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and South, Melbourne, Perth

Naturopaths

Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and South, Melbourne, Perth

Homeopaths

Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and South, Melbourne, Perth

Health Food Stores

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