Natural healing herbs

The process of herbal healing, also known as “Herbalism”, is considered as the most ancient form of remedies on a global scale. The knowledge of healing is provided to the maximum extent and the practices were formulated from civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Sumerians, Greeks, Romans and Babylonians. The alchemy was first oriented in the ancient Greek civilization, by Pliny’s 37 volume compilation about herbal studies which consists of information regarding the medical usage of various plants, herbs, trees and flowers. Pliny’s compilations were used as a foundation by the famous German arcane nun, Hildegard of Bingen and Nicholas Culpeper, an astrologer as well as a physician in the 17th century, used to correlate herbal usage with astrological ciphers.

For millenniums, both pagan and Christian associations have been shared by certain plants and herbs. Such an example is the Hypericum Perforatum, which flourishes in the summer solstice, and their blossoms were burned in order to worship the sun god. During the 21st of June, the Romans similarly kindled bonfires at the time of solstice. Now the Christian Church has established this particular date as the St. John’s Day. The Hypericum perforatum is known widely as St. John’s-wort due to the fact that it was burned on this date.

It was a civil crime under the Roman law to heal by sorcery and was even considered deceptive at a certain point. These laws were never reinforced due to the fact that the community preferred the local healers. The church on the other hand used the intolerant law to their advantage in order to undermine the known village healers in order to preach miracles. This belief actually stretched itself to the time of the Renaissance and using herbs as an agent to cure was considered as witchcraft and even considered to be evil as suggested by demonologists.

Herbal usage in medicine was discovered to be used thousands of years ago to prehistoric times when man used to cover the odor of decayed flesh or cover their human scent during the times of hunting. These primitive herbal usages, as time passed, evolved into discoveries of healing abilities from certain plants.

The earliest manuscripts of herbal usages were discovered in Egyptian writings that date back to the 16th century BC. They recorded the names of a variety of plants and herbs as well as their useful properties. It is even said that garlic was consumed greatly by pyramid builders to increase their level of endurance while building.

A lot of our modern remedies are actually derived from the ancient usage of herbs. For example, aspirin is originated from willow bark which is a natural painkiller. The fact with medicine manufacturing these days is that synthetic substances are put to use in order to substitute herbs and plants in order to patent and sell them in the market. However, the usage of herbs, in many cases would be more efficient and would actually reduce the level of side effects.

Herbs these days are gaining an increasing rate of importance in our modern day community. Herbs, being once undermined by modern medicine, are now being given importance by professionals due to the fact they are realizing that herbs hold strong remedies for various diseases and their usage doesn’t have the side effects of the pharmaceutically produced synthetic substances. Herbs, used on a regular dosage, also help improve the overall immune functionality of the body other than just being remedies for diseases.

It will be observed in the near future that doctors will start prescribing herbal medications along with the particular medicine for any illness. Once shunned by the system, herbs are now rising above effectively with their efficient remedies, and future discoveries might also discover remedies for more incurable diseases.

Last updated on Jan 23rd, 2011 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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