I hope I learned something, my goal, learn something new everyday, find information on something you did not know.
Ok my two line RANT LOL.
Most Western Herblaiem is not as old as other countries. Many that started Western Herbalisem, still push Pharmacopoeia, formularies, materi medica work from 1890-1905 , great stuff have them all.
Connection, the founders of western based herbalisem is partly still with us, handed down and many are in this circle. You know when you see a Dry Tincture 1:5 ,sit for 10 days to 2 weeks, strain...NO. That's standard holistic herbalisem, weak, often, nourishing-restore body to normal, etc.
The problem, these documents are written by M.D.'s Ph.d's NOT Herbalist-100% medical, difference the drugs, herb based. In come over scientific science ones that have no idea how to listen, or administer herbs, this scientists is a published herbalist, with no practice, all science, this must change, some are called to be botanic scientists good for you.
The other camp 100% holistic Simply Herbalist -like the 'back to Eden' (BOOK) camp.
The others look at being an herbalist like a DR, all the science mastered, have a lab, a scope, herbs, and some fun, we need our herbal-modern day kitchen Herbal Scientists.
Modern herbalist-From the RX-Big Phrama days on. Many are once again turning to alternative care therapies so PTL. The problem with modern day herbalist, in training to be an herbalist you will read these, or other books like, the A to Z guide Drug Safety-Mosbys 4th ed great, others, my point, education and the internet has a lot of things that are not true.
Scientific findings dangerous, a rat had an extract of one isolated constituent and the rat freaked out...ok, its that foolish. Safety yes, but what it has done, I see it all over, it has made modern day herbalist, lovers of herbs , self study people, the excess in the being to cautious in using herbs, even evasive, if, and when, the need be.
Herbs are herbs right? Yes, its how good the quality of the herb is and if it has been dried and stored correctly. Shelf life 1.5 years, roots bark, 3 year plus. Know the shelf life.
Understand other herbal methods, any school teaches it in the history of herbs.
Folklore, this is Americas herbalist at its finest, until around the 90's. The new western herbalist, part medical, the way of the west, part folklore, part holistic, and herbal simpler.
You-I- find what way works for us working in a Christian way not pagan or new age.
So, in conclusion.
I have no idea. LOL.
I hope this several part series on how other herbalist diagnose, and how they do their practice. This brings it all down to a nut shell.
OK, seriously; We have Richard Whelans work on constitutional herbalseim, TCM, so many others, also note most of the old time pioneers of western herbalisem are from Europe, its almost a new American revolution to break away, and choose what works for us and others. A combo of prayer, a good intake, pulse, tongue, face, eyes, observation, listening. etc.
This, with prayer, is how I, and most modern Christian herbalist do their practice.
Want to learn all this and more, see the herb school today, summer special, one for two, see website.
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