Native Americans used echinacea since at least the 1600s. They used the plant to treat snakebite, gum and mouth disease, colds, coughs, blood poisoning, sore throat, stomach and intestinal pain. Echinacea was also historically used for scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria. Through the 1800s, Echinacea was the most widely used plant drug [...]
Aloe vera has a long history of use as a medicinal plant, with written records of its use going back to 1750 BC. Today it is grown in most subtropical and tropical locations, including the Caribbean, southern United States, Latin America, and the Middle East. Many people also grow a small potted version indoors for [...]
Acupuncture is part of an ancient medical system, traditional chinese medicine. In China, the practice of acupuncture can perhaps be traced as far back as the Stone Age, with the Bian shi, or sharpened stones. Rather than a cure, it is used as only one part of a comprehensive medical system of health maintenance and [...]
Brief History of Chiropractic and Chiropractors
Chiropractic is one of the manual healing arts whose roots go back many thousands of years. Manipulative therapies were known in China nearly 5000 years ago, and have flourished in Europe, Asia and the Americas through the ages. Over 100 years ago, chiropractic as a distinct system of care was [...]
What is Mind/Body Medicine?
Mind/body medicine is an approach to healing that uses the power of thoughts and emotions to influence physical health. As Hippocrates once wrote, “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” This is the essence of mind/body medicine.
Does Mind/Body Medicine work?
While phrases such as [...]
Brief history of Naturopathy – Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine began in the late 1800s as an outgrowth of the era of “eclectic physicians” who explored many different kinds of healing. Dr. Benedict Lust coined the term in 1896 to describe the growing group of physicians who brought together a wide array of natural treatments under a [...]
Brief history of Ayurvedic Medicine
Estimates of the origins of Ayurvedic Medicine range as far back as 5000 years. Texts believed to be more than 12 centuries old are still available today to document the sophisticated knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, health and disease handed down through the millennia to modern times. Ayurvedic Medicine may well [...]
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing purposes. The word aroma in aromatherapy is misleading because essential oils are not solely used as inhalants; they can also be massaged into the skin or, although less common, taken orally. Whether inhaled, absorbed, or ingested, essential oils have been proven to [...]