What is An Herb?

According to legend, the Anglo-Latin scholar Alcuin (ca. 732-804) posed this question to his pupil Charlemagne. The King replied, "the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks."

History of Herbalism

The old Chinese, the Indian, the Egyptians, the Babylonians and the native Americans were all herbalists. The oldest well-known list of the medical herbs is Shen Nungs FederTs' AO (C. 3000 B.C.), a Chinese of herbs, which is probably a compilation of an even older mouth tradition. The ancient Greek and novel were also famous herbalists.

The surgeons, who travel with the Roman army, spread their herb expertise in the Roman realm, in Spain, in Germany, in France and in England. Dioscorides (C. 40 C. 90) and Galen (131-200 A.D.), both Greek surgeons in the Roman army, compiled harsh as, which remained the final materia medica texts for 1500 years. Herbalism in the Monasteries by Great Britain and by mainland Europe was conserved by the middle age. Before the mechanism of the universities in the elften and twelfth centuries, Monasteries served as medical schools. Monks copied and translated many of the work of Hippokratese, of Dioscorides and of Galen. Their "physick "gardens, well camps with the most general and most useful medical herbs, served as fundamental training soil for the following production of the physicians--Equal monks and laymen.

Meanwhile resulting from the Islamic conquest of North Africa in the seventh and in the respected centuries, Arab scholars acquired many Greek and Roman medical texts. Iranian physician Ibn Sina, alias Avicenna (980-1037 A.D.), combined the herb traditions of Dioscorides and of Galen with the old practice of his own people in Canon von Medizin (aluminium-Qanun FI on-tibb). One of the most influential medical at all written texts, Canon Avicennas spread by Europe during the elften and twelfth centuries.

The theory of Herbalism

Herbs were used since the dawn of the time, while medicine and actually many general drugs, in which actual fact, by which herb excerpts are formed. The natural chemical characteristics of certain herbs were shown, in order to contain automatically, medical value. However differently than conventional medicine, herbalists "the complete "herb or the enterprise uses a breaking instead of locating and down chemical means and it then synthesizes. This is, because the enterprise, being a part of nature to be represented is said, in order perfect balance; that welfare-end requires the natural combination of the elements in the enterprise or in the herb, not a straight individual chemical within it.

Types of herbal medicine

Medical plants can be used by everyone, e.g. as part of a salad, are herb dte or an addition, although some herbs regarded dangerously, reduced from the sales to the public. Sometimes such herbs are placed to the professional herbalists from the specialist companies to the order. Many herbalists, specialist and Bewunderer, grow frequently or wildcraft their own herbs.


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