Herbology:Plants that are used as medicines have been referred
to as ÒherbsÓ for over 4000 years by European and the
Mediterranean cultures, hence the word ÒherbÓ, being a
derivation of ÒherbeÓ and the Latin word, ÒherbaÓ. Herbology is
the study of herbs and plants that aid in curing illnesses and
preventing disease. Although herbs may prevent or correct many
medical conditions, they are treated as a food and/or food
supplement, rather than as a medication.

There are several types of herbal medicine systems that are
used today; European, Native American, Chinese, Ayurvedic,
and Western herbalism are the most prevalent systems. Because
of the large number of types of herbal medicine there is also a
large number in ways to classify these herbs.

Many botanical plants contain vitamins, minerals and trace
minerals. The body can usually digest vitamins and minerals
much easier through plant origin than from those of fish or animal origin. Therefore, herbs are an excellent source to impart the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to maintain proper health. Herbs are natural remedies and the natural medicines of the time when people relied and lived off of the earth for everything. Today nearly 50% of the thousands of drug companies commonly used and prescribed are either derived from a plant source or contain a chemical imitation of a plant compound.

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Homeopathy Definition

Homeopathy: Homeopathy means curing "like with like". It was developed in the late 18th century by Samuel Hahneman, a German physician. Hahneman perceived that symptoms of disease were simply the body's way of defending itself and attempting to restore balance. By researching remedies Hahneman determined that producing 'like' symptoms would allow the body to induce a natural healing response. The three basic principles to homeopathy are: prescription by the law of similars, minimum dosage, and singular dosage.

In the 1930s the popularity of homeopathy declined, especially in Europe and the USA, in part due to advances in conventional medicine which led (in the USA) to the closure of virtually all medical schools teaching alternative medicine. Later in the 1970s homeopathy "had a renaissance" largely in part because of acclaimed medical scientists switching over to homeopathic methods and practices.

Ayurveda Definition

Ayurveda: An ancient form of medicine (begun in India more than 5,000 years ago) whose primary goal is prevention and longevity. According to Ayurvedic medicine, factors such as pulses, tastes, hair color, habits, etc. form the basis of the governing properties in the body called doshas. The three doshas include: (1) the property of movement, (2) the quality of heat and metabolism, and (3) the property of structure and solidity. Ayurvedic medicine utilizes massage, yoga, breathing exercises, nutritional counseling, etc.

Most traditionalists acknowledge Ayurveda as a part of basic Vedic Knowledge, in which it is considered as an Upa-veda (subsidiary or auxiliary Veda). Others, the modern scholars considerthat though the word 'Ayurveda' though contains ÔVedaÕ, has nothing to do with the four Vedas.