Thursday, July 3, 2014

Allopathic vs. Herbal Medicine

Hey, so today I wanted to talk a little bit about the differences between allopathic or traditional modern medicine and herbal medicine. I am NOT going to rant on and on about how horrible modern medicine is, it has it's place in health care and I respect that. But we mustn't forget that herbs are the medicine God gave us to use so they shouldn't be taken so lightly as they often are in this day and time.

In scripture the giants of David's youth were the children of fallen angels and human women. (Genesis Chapter 6) These fallen angels knew things that men were not meant to know yet, and they taught man a corrupted version, pharmacology and I believe also modern medicine are two of the practices that man was not originally supposed to know right off, and thus are limited and un-perfected because of that.

I have observed on many occasions personally and otherwise that traditional allopathic medicine is sometimes deficient if not occasionally totally inadequate in treating illness and injuries. I once had an experience where a man in my church had been bitten by a dog, we was diabetic and was going through the usual antibiotic injections and what-not, but the wound wasn't healing after weeks and months of treatment, and was looking quite infected. I offered to make him a plantain (Plantago major) poultice to apply to the wound and he accepted, roughly 1 - 2 weeks later the wound was little more then a scar. This is one of the several first hand accounts I have had of herbal medicine's effect where modern medicine falls short.

In emergency situations hospitals and everything that goes along with them are UNDOUBTEDLY life-saving, and some medications are also a must for some illnesses, but I must admit allopathic medicine is quickly reaching it's limits of effectiveness. And along with that most doctor's apparent inability to target underlying issues and eagerness to write prescriptions that could possibly be fore-gone, I find that consistent use of a doctor for every health matter aside from a yearly check up (and tests if something is found array. And of course emergencies.) can end up being costly both monetarily speaking, and sometimes health-wise.

Herbal medicine is one of the methods of healing that was and still is intended for us to use when we need it, both for treatment and prevention. So I believe using herbal medicine wisely and sensibly along with a healthy, and natural life-style can save us much trouble, money, and time in the long run. And as I said, modern medicine DOES have it's place, but it is important not to forget the bitter herbs at our feet.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Introduction to Biblical Herbalism.

Hey everyone, for good measure I thought it would be a good idea to write an introduction post so you all can clearly understand what I'm talking about. I hope this will be informative and pleasant, Sincerely Herbal Em.

Herbal medicine is a field in which are many diverse views, schools of thought, and a maze of what is or isn't true, I know! I have been an herbalist for most of my life and it is every bit as daunting as I can remember. I have struggled with these issues much in my years as an "herbalist in training" so it is very helpful to look at herbs and their uses through a reliable perspective. And because I am a christian, and because there is no perspective better then God's, the bible was the perfect viewpoint to use.

God created herbs for us to use. Not only for illness and injury, but also for a natural, holistic, and Eden like lifestyle which unfortunately isn't the lifestyle we most often adhere to now a days. So the best way to enable people to use herbs and herbal medicine as God intended is to teach people how to safely and effectively use them, in addition to a proper, natural  lifestyle this can often be a key component in achieving and maintaining health.

There is more to biblical herbalism then studying the bible verse by verse try to find mention of herbs and their uses here and there. Though that is a part of it, it is mainly learning to use what God created for the purpose it was created.

So I urge you, if you want to learn with me, about herbs and natural healing the ways that God intended, you can. Just revisit this blog often, and you can also use the profile links in the column to the right to link up with me during this fantastic journey. Sincerely Herbal Em.