Other Herbal Healing Systems

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Other Herbal Healing Systems

The World Health Organization estimates 80% of the earth’s population today depends on plants to treat common ailments.

Herbalism is an essential part of Ayurvedic (Indian), traditional Asian, Native American, and naturopathic medicines.

Many homeopathic remedies are made from plants as well.

Homeopathic remedies are regulated by the FDA, but have slightly different rules than dietary supplements.

The biggest difference is unlike supplements, they can carry disease claims on the label.

This means labels for homeopathic remedies used historically for cancer patients, for example, can say “helps prevent recurrence of cancer.”

Other supplements can’t make such claims.

Oriental herbs are a recent addition to the American herb scene, with the influx of several popular Chinese herbs.

The Chinese are today’s foremost herbalists, drawing on thousands of years of experience in compounding and processing roots and herbs.

In the Asian tradition, herbs are used to bring the whole body into balance and harmony.

They’re taken daily as a preventive measure, rather than as a treatment once you’re sick.

In the Orient, medicinal herbs often find their way into foods as seasoning and ingredients.

The Chinese view medicine and food as the same thing, believing what’s good for the body is medicine and at the same time is also food.

Some of the Chinese herbs easily found in the U.S. include astragalus, Chinese ginseng, ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, licorice root, dong quai, ginger, and schizandra.

Every Native American nation has its own herbal medicine tradition based on the plants growing in their geographic area.

Common among all Native American cultures is the spirituality attached to the gathering and use of herbs, and many use the same herbs both medicinally and ceremonially.

For the Navajos, for example, herbalism is a complex and specialized religion, in which the Navajo healer serves as both doctor and priest.

Before plants are collected, prayers and offerings are made to the earth and the plant spirit.

Herbs used in healing ceremonies aren’t thrown away, but are reverently placed back into the earth.

Much like the Asian approach, Native American herbalism aims to achieve balance within the total person.

Medicinal and ceremonial herbs commonly used by Native American cultures include American ginseng, yarrow, black cohosh, boneset, echinacea, goldenseal, nettles, juniper, wild buckwheat, and dogwood.

As they have for centuries, indigenous rainforest tribes around the world rely on the forests for virtually all their medicines.

They too have incorporated herbs into their religions and everyday lives.

Researchers estimate the world’s rainforests contain literally thousands of potentially useful medicinal plants.

Rainforests exist on every continent, though most research attention is currently directed at the rainforests of South America, particularly in the Amazon, and of the South Pacific Islands.

Out of this rich storehouse of natural remedies, only a handful are now commonly found in health food stores, among them pau d’arco, boldo, cat’s claw, kava, yerba mate, suma, yohimbe (not recommended), guarana, and passionflower.

More and more rainforest remedies are becoming available.

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