Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years. What do our ancient traditions teach us? Are they all the same? And what about allopathic medicine? We know many of the remedies, and the wider learnings, at the very least, help with prevention. In this book, we look at the wisdom of our traditions and provide over 70 herbs that help with 20 common ailments.
Targeted Age Group:: 25+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Herbalism and a strong belief in the power of nature have helped me transform my own health and life, and I hope to offer readers the same opportunity. I am passionate about the changes we can all make to live a better life. The solutions are abundant and at our fingertips, and they began almost 60,000 years ago with our ancestors. We are only just beginning to appreciate their knowledge and traditions.
While there is evidence of herbal medicine going back 60,000 years, the first written evidence of the use of herbs as medicine is from a Sumerian clay tablet, written around 5,000 years ago, that listed over 250 plants and 12 herbal recipes.
The Sumerian civilization was located in modern-day Iraq and Syria, often described as the cradle of civilization. China and India have also been described thus, and both have equally long histories when it comes to herbalism.
It is likely that many other civilizations at the time would have had herbal remedies and practices, but so much of unwritten history is forgotten.
Stonehenge, as an example, is now believed to have been a place for herbal healing, and it has been around (in one way or another) for 10,000 years.
The Ancient Egyptians also had a long history of herbal medicine. The Ebers Papyrus is one of the oldest preserved medical documents, believed to date back 3,500 years. The papyrus provides recipes for herbal contraceptives, treatments for diabetes, and a parasitic infection called Guinea Worms disease.
What is so interesting about the Ebers papyrus and other medicinal texts from antiquity is seeing how much and how little the herbalists of the time knew.
For example, the treatments for mental health conditions were light years ahead of their time. Yet, it appears that the Ancient Egyptians had little knowledge of what the kidneys were!
You can see how Ancient Egyptian medicine influenced Ancient Greek medicine, which in turn influenced Ancient Roman medicine.
Evidence of which can be found in the writings of Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician who worked with the Roman army and wrote De Materia Medica, a well-known book of herbal medicine containing at least 657 plant-based medicines.
If you have drunk chamomile tea ever as a way to relax before bed, then just know that Pedanius Dioscorides was recommending this plant over 2,000 years ago for that exact same use!
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