Plants and parts of plants and flowers are used to treat illness and restore good health. Choosing to treat or use herbs in our everyday life is aligning with natural cycle. This holistic approach to health is loved by our body, rhymes with natural cycle and also supports environment. There are herbs that heals a specific condition for short amount of time and there are herbs that are used for long term~ healing root cause of problem, providing support to our body system as well as allowing our body to adapt to different herbs. There are herbs that we can use only for short period and there are herbs that we can use for longer period such as adaptogen herbs.
Since herbalism is a part of holistic health, 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 can affect other areas of well-being.
Suppressing emotions can block channels which might affect a completely different 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 herbal extracts such as tea, tinctures, glycerites, essences, pills, capsules, oils, salves, other herbal therapies to treat various symptoms and any 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.
To learn about herbal actions, you can refer to this chart from Herbal Academy Herbal-Actions-Terms-Herbal-Academy-materia-medica