Plants and parts of plants and flowers are used to treat an illness and restore health. Hence using herbs as medicine is the safest way to treat an illness with minimum side effects and it is also less expensive than conventional medicine. Choosing to treat or use herbs in our everyday life is choosing a natural holistic approach to health which is loved by our body and which supports environment. Healing with herbs means healing the root cause of problem as herbs have higher intelligence that allows them to adapt in our body system and treat the problem area or provide support to other parts. Herbs are thus classified with their own usage and functional properties.
Since herbalism requires a holistic approach, it is required to understand that emotional, spiritual, mental and physical health of a person are all inseparably intertwined with each one influencing and being influenced by the next. Because of this connection and intertwined nature of the different aspects, an imbalance in one will affect all or other areas of well-being.
Suppressing emotions can block channels which might affect another part of a body. Hence, a need to understand this interconnection of meridians or channels in our body helps us to have a balanced life.
Herbalism is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. Archaeological evidence suggests that medicinal plants were used as far back as 60,000 years ago and the first written records of herbal medicine appear on ancient Sumerian clay tablets dated over 5000 years old.
Herbalist aims to concentrate and extract plant properties as naturally as possible through tea, tinctures, essences, pills and capsules to treat various disease and imbalance in body, mind and spirit.
Any part of plant can be used for medicine depending upon its characteristics and functions. A compilation of herbs include leaves, flowers, buds, stems, roots, bark, berries, seeds, mushrooms, rhizomes- any part or plant of a tree.
Herbal actions refer to specific effects that herbs have on the body. Some conventional medicines use these terms, such as expectorant, which refers to a substance that helps the body expel mucus. But as you will begin to notice, as is the nature of everything in herbalism, it’s neither quite this straightforward nor as boring as memorizing a list of herbs and their actions – Hardin 2009
In the whole, herbs have their own characteristics which are connected to their actions. These characteristics and actions form their own energy which is responsible for the remedy of disease or illness.
If you want to study in detail about the herbal actions then you can refer to this chart from Herbal Academy Herbal-Actions-Terms-Herbal-Academy-materia-medica