Herbal Constituents

In the previous post I explained what herbal actions are. This one will focus on the constituents. To put it simply, herbal constituents are identified chemical compounds unique to each herb which produce the herb's effects. It is modern science's way of isolating and validating a herb's actions. For example, the Salicylates from Willow bark … Continue reading Herbal Constituents

Herbs & Cancer

Today I learnt from Sebastian Liew (@leaf_to_life) that many traditional medicine cultures consider the origins of cancer as a wound that keeps getting hurt. The body tries to keep healing this wound but eventually the healing goes out of whack and cells keep multiplying, leading to tumours and metastases. Hence traditional herbal medicine has used … Continue reading Herbs & Cancer

Herbal Actions and Examples

Have you heard of Herbal Actions? Before a Medical Herbalist chooses the herbs and blends a formula for a patient, he/she decides on what Herbal Action is required. This guides their choice of herbs in the formula. The actions are chosen after a thorough case-take with the client and will try to improve symptoms as … Continue reading Herbal Actions and Examples

What is Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy)?

‘Herbal medicine’ is the therapeutic use of plant preparations to prevent disease, enhance health and alleviate suffering. [1] A huge part of my degree involved Herbal Medicine.(BNHM = Bachelor of Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine. Basically a degree in Naturopathy but specializing in Herbal Medicine) But what is it? Herbal Medicine is also known as ‘Plant … Continue reading What is Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy)?

Gym Accident and Herbal Medicine for Severe Bleeding

Who would've thought that a common teabag can stop severe bleeding!?