Herbalists, Homeopaths and Naturopaths see plant medicine as a whole picture – you want all of the plant in there and we look at the whole person.
Yes, we specifically choose select parts of the plants to make into medicine. This knowledge comes from a long conservative history of tradition and empirical use. For example, a plant with medicinal properties in its roots, you put all of the root in there.
Yes, we do often talk of key ingredients in these plants. However, it’s with the awareness that herbs have complex synergies of plant chemicals and the whole plant has an innate wisdom and regulating intelligence often beyond our understanding.
the whole plant has an innate wisdom and regulating intelligence often beyond our understanding.
Plants as medicines are correctly used according to their specific characteristics – how they affect our bodies systems not to specific diseases, not as broad-spectrum cure all’s.
‘To use herbs properly… you usually have to learn to understand your body as well as the plant, that increases your personal stature and value to yourself.‘
This is true self help. Very Old School.
Quote – Michael Moore Herbalist 2003