The Etymology of the Word "Herbology"
What is Herbology?
In modern times where chemical and synthetic drugs are used much more, simple herbs may seem ineffective and old-fashioned. Phytotherapy (healing using plants) has become almost a neanderthalic method of healing. Despite this, we see that an interest for herbology and medications on a "natural basis" has grown and still keeps growing. Maybe this is because people are beginning to understand that they are poisoning their bodies with chemicals? Maybe we have all had enough of polluted air and unhealthy food so we are attempting to get our organisms back in tune with nature? You can answer those questions. :) But one fact does remain; WHO (the World Health Organization) has started paying more and more attention to the researching of medicinal uses of herbs. Also, the number of people who use herbs as a primary method of healing keeps growing from day to day.
I also have to emphasize that phytotherapy isn't the only healing method available. On the contrary, I believe it should be understood as a supplement to modern medicine. If doctors of medicine, village grannies (believe it or not, they are the best herbologists you can find) and energy healers collaborated, miracles could happen! The only problem is that they don't want to collaborate. :/ Because of this, whenever I find myself in a health crisis, I first try to use natural methods to prevent/heal the illness, but if I believe it to be serious then I first consult my physician. Only if no natural method works, I turn to synthetic drugs. But hey, I guess that has to be tolerated every once in a while too.
Notice how I said "prevent/heal" an illness. What I wanted to say with this is that herbology can also be used to prevent some diseases as well as heal them. :) You are familiar with the saying: "Prevention is better than cure", aren't you?
What about the Term "Drugs"?
Anemone Hepatica L.
The Problematics of Combining Herbs
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Pulmonaria Officinalis L.
Plants among Common Folk
Mrs Grieve - A Modern Herbal
Hoffmann, David - Medicinal Herbalism
-II- - The Holistic Herbal
Marcin, Marietta Marshall - The Complete Book of Herbal Teas
Petrušić, Tomislav - Ayurveda (I don't believe a translation exists so I recommend any book on the topic by Vasant Lad)
Launert, Edmund - Edible and Medicinal Plants
Ward, Harold - Herbal Manual
Weil, Andrew - Guide to Herbal Medicines