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Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy.

Finding healing powers in plants is an ancient idea. People in all continents have long used hundreds, if not thousands, of indigenous plants for treatment of various ailments dating back to prehistory. The use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialized societies. A number of traditions came to dominate the practice of herbal medicine at the end of the twentieth century:

* The herbal medicine system, based on Greek and Roman sources
* The Siddha and Ayurvedic medicine systems from various South Asian Countries
* Chinese herbal medicine (Chinese herbology) 中药 (zhōngyào)
* Unani-Tibb medicine
* Shamanic Herbalism

The exact composition of a herbal product is influenced by the method of extraction. A tisane will be rich in polar components because water is a polar solvent. Oil on the other hand is a non-polar solvent and it will absorb non-polar compounds. Alcohol lies somewhere in between. There are many forms in which herbs can be administered, these include:

* Tinctures - Alcoholic extracts of herbs such as echinacea extract. Usually obtained by combining 100% pure ethanol (or a mixture of 100% ethanol with water) with the herb. A completed tincture has a ethanol percentage of at least 40-60% (sometimes up to 90%).
* Herbal wine and elixirs - These are alcoholic extract of herbs; usually with an ethanol percentage of 12-38% Herbal wine is a maceration of herbs in wine, while an elixir is a maceration of herbs in spirits (e.g., vodka, grappa, etc.)
* Tisanes - Hot water extracts of herb, such as chamomile.
* Decoctions - Long-term boiled extract of usually roots or bark.
* Macerates - Cold infusion of plants with high mucilage-content as sage, thyme, etc. Plants are chopped and added to cold water. They are then left to stand for 7 to 12 hours (depending on herb used). For most macerates 10 hours is used.
* Vinegars - Prepared at the same way as tinctures, except using a solution of acetic acid as the solvent.
* Topicals:
o Essential oils - Application of essential oil extracts, usually diluted in a carrier oil (many essential oils can burn the skin or are simply too high dose used straight – diluting in olive oil or another food grade oil can allow these to be used safely as a topical).[68]
o Salves, oils, balms, creams and lotions - Most topical applications are oil extractions of herbs. Taking a food grade oil and soaking herbs in it for anywhere from weeks to months allows certain phytochemicals to be extracted into the oil. This oil can then be made into salves, creams, lotions, or simply used as an oil for topical application. Any massage oils, antibacterial salves and wound healing compounds are made this way.
o Poultices and compresses - One can also make a poultice or compress using whole herb (or the appropriate part of the plant) usually crushed or dried and re-hydrated with a small amount of water and then applied directly in a bandage, cloth or just as is.
* Whole herb consumption - This can occur in either dried form (herbal powder), or fresh juice, (fresh leaves and other plant parts). Just as Hippocrates said "Let food be thy medicine", it has become clear that eating vegetables also easily fits within this category of getting health through consumables (besides medicinal herbs). All of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are phytochemicals that we are accessing through our diet. There are clearly some whole herbs consumed that are more powerful than others. Shiitake mushrooms boost the immune system and are also tasty so they are enjoyed in soups or other food preparations for the cold and flu season. Alfalfa is also considered a health food. Garlic lowers cholesterol, improves blood flow, fights bacteria, viruses and yeast.
* Syrups - Extracts of herbs made with syrup or honey. Sixty five parts of sugar are mixed with 35 parts of water and herb. The whole is then boiled and macerated for three weeks.
* Extracts - Include liquid extracts, dry extracts and nebulisates. Liquid extracts are liquids with a lower ethanol percentage than tinctures. They can (and are usually) made by vacuum distilling tinctures. Dry extracts are extracts of plant material which are evaporated into a dry mass. They can then be further refined to a capsule or tablet. A nebulisate is a dry extract created by freeze-drying.
* Inhalation as in aromatherapy can be used as a mood changing treatment[ to fight a sinus infection or cough, or to cleanse the skin on a deeper level (steam rather than direct inhalation here)

Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, c. 1334 copy in Arabic, describes medicinal features of cumin and dill.This scripture was made in silk fabric for pages and embroidery for images!

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Comment by elodie chiara jones on February 1, 2012 at 11:30pm

Does anyone know how to use mugwort ? It wasnt included in anything I read . I have used it as a tea ,but it was made for me , so I didnt get the measurements . Any helpful hints ? Trying to make a dreaming tea .



Comment by ॐBlessedॐ on October 27, 2011 at 12:04am
has anybody heard of Chomdenda, called in tibet "the conquerer"   its colour is grey and black, with a grassy stem, and at the end grows a grassy top...grows on mountain tops and you need to chop it out?

Comment by Jurgens Pieterse on May 16, 2011 at 3:31pm
Does anybody here knows what Speedwell or Veronica Officinalis is used for?
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I came across a very interesting documentary online regarding Tibetan medicine. Dr David Suzuki, a well known respected scientist in Canada, did a documentary on the traditional medicine of Tibet. He talks about how the mind, body and soul, (in addition with plants and minerals) is all connected.

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does anyone have a opinion about this book : The Pleasure Garden of Shadow; by Daniel Alvin Schulke
Comment by john b on September 13, 2010 at 9:31pm
does anyone have a recipe for extracting and preparing DMT? I've heard it is found in some plants.

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