The Holistic Approach – Herbalism and Health

herbalismThere is nothing new about using herbs to promote recovery, health and well-being. Every culture in the world has at some point used healing plants as a basis for its medicine.

The types of plants would vary from area to area depending on the local ecosystem, but the human problems they dealt with were the same.

Herbalism is growing in its popularity and renewed interest. People are becoming increasingly concerned about the side effects of powerful synthetic drugs and have the desire to take charge of their own health, rather than submitting themselves to the sometimes impersonal heath care system.

More are discovering every day that it is an effective and comparatively inexpensive form of health care. They appreciate the fact that it draws exclusively from natural products and it is as useful in preventing illness as it is in curing it.

We are also re-discovering the healthful benefits of cooking with tasty herbs and enhancing and helping to balance mental, spiritual, and physical health with aromatic herbs.  is a site for more info on herbalism.

Herbs in the Holistic Context:

Herbalism does not merely ‘list herbs’– it looks at the action of the herbs and acknowledges that people have feelings, minds and spirits as well as bodies. Holistic medicine deals with the “whole” person and treats the body as one integrated system, not a collection of isolated parts.

The word ‘healing’ has its roots in the Greek work holos, which is the same word that has given us “whole” and “holistic.” Our emotions and spiritual flow are as important to our health as is the state of our organs and tissues that are within our body.

Whether one is concerned about being healthy, regaining health or moving to better health, the whole of the being, physical, mental and spiritual are involved in the process.

Herbal medicine works ‘synergistically.’ This means that the whole effect of the remedy is greater than the sum of its individual ingredients.

Herbs, with their healing power, go beyond the physical level, they can also work on the level of the life-force that empowers us.

Healing the Whole Self:

How many times have you heard the saying that? ‘we are what we eat.’ We also need to add to that saying that ‘we are what we breathe, what we think, what we say, what we see.’

In all holistic medicine individuality and responsibility are crucial factors to our well- being. Holistic medicine puts a great emphasis on the uniqueness of the individual and how important it is to tailor treatment to meet each person’s very different needs and circumstances.

The responsibility for healing and health lies with the person who wants to be well, in fact the person who is ‘ill’ is the healer. Holistic medicine’s therapeutic approaches are aimed at mobilizing a person’s own capacity for self-healing.

Herbalism is an ideal way to co-operate with our own innate healing power.

Herbs and the Environment:

It seems clear these days that many health issues — stress, asthma, allergies, heart disease, and more — are connected with cultural and ecological problems and often reflect our alienation from nature and ‘natural’ lifestyles. It can play a major role in bridging this separation and changing our cultural worldview.

Wholeness and Prevention:

Herbal remedies can be used safely for the alleviation of illness, but there are also other uses for these plants. Herbs can be used to support a person’s wholeness, helping them to stay at their own personal peak of vitality and help to prevent diseases from developing.

Herbs can be used as nutritional food to nurture our wholeness and well-being. Tonics with herbs play a fundamental role in maintenance of health and prevention of disease.

There are three aspects of this vast field that we need to consider:

1. Prevention

2. Detoxification and elimination

3. Support for the body’s immune system