Herbal Medicine : The Use Of Natural Plant Substances For Treat And Prevent Illness

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Herbal medicine is the use of natural plant substances to treat and prevent illness. Throughout America herbalism is not deemed “scientific” by most regulations but herbalists and few medical professionals argue that with the right knowledge of the use and effects of using herbal remedies could possibly be safer to use and deemed supplementary beneficial. It is time to delve deeper into the process of herbal medicines and more specific details on the healing processes. There is no denying that the evolution of medicine has come a long way through the use of science and manufacturing, but where did it all begin? Throughout history there have been documents found from cultures all over the world revealing that the ancient Chinese, Indians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Native Americans practiced the use of herbal medicine. The oldest known list of medicinal herbs is Shen Nung’s Pen Ts’ao or Shennong Ben Cao Jing dated back to 3000 B.C. (A Brief History of Herbalism. 2007) Ancient Greeks and Romans were also known to have herbalist surgeons traveling with the Roman army spreading their knowledge throughout the Roman Empire consisting of Spain, France, Germany, and England. Dioscorides and Galen, both Greek surgeons in the Roman army, compiled herbals that remained the ultimate materia medica (medical material/substance), a Latin term for the anatomy of collected knowledge about the remedial properties of any substance used for healing. These texts have been studied for over 1500

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