"We are just beginning to understand the complexities of herbal medicine, with its multiplicity of active chemicals in a single herb, and the interaction of a mixture of herbs found in traditional therapies.
Previously, scientific research relied on the drug development model, which focused on a single compound and mode of action. In order to effectively research whether herbal medicine is effective or even safe, we need to detect all the active chemicals that exist in a medicinal plant, but also evaluate their effects on humans individually and together.
We need to know whether the production process changes the chemicals; whether these compounds interfere with each other or with other drugs; and if our current technology can accurately measure all of the potential chemicals that may play a part in the effectiveness of an "herbal drug". Herbal growers, manufacturers, researchers, medical clinicians, funding agencies are all part of the panoply of actors involved in the making of safe and effective herbal medicine.
As demand for alternative medicine has grown, so have the harvesting and collection pressures for numerous ecologies that produce the medicinal plants of interest. The largest impact on the availability has been the loss of habitat worldwide.
In conjunction with loss of physical resources, many aboriginal societies who have maintained vast and important bodies of knowledge about the identification and use of medicinal plants are being lost as well. Both physical habitat and ancient knowledge, once lost, will be gone forever.
An educated public is the best hope for influencing governmental decisions that will have far reaching implications..."
Source; Excerpt from An Alternative and Complementary Medicine Resource Guide, Alternative Medicine Foundation.
A Top Hospital Opens Up to Chinese Herbs as Medicines
The Cleveland Clinic, one of the country's top hospitals, is a surprising venue for the dispensing of herbs, a practice that is well established in China and other Eastern countries but has yet to make inroads in the U.S. because of a lack of evidence proving their effectiveness.
Herbal Medicine: Another Medical Ethical Battlefield?
Up until very recently, herbal medicine was considered pretty much a pariah as a topic of conversation in polite medical circles. After all, why talk to a patient of an inexpensive 2,000 year-old Chinese herbal remedy for arthritis, when the drug rep for an arthritis pill manufacturer just slipped you four tickets to the Chinese Medicineplayoffs?
How to Start a Medicinal Herb Garden
Herbal medicine has always been with us; in fact, humanity has survived for thousands and thousands of years – even prior to the advent of modern technologies and conventional medicine – because of it.
Neither Herbal Nor Supplements
Products labeled "ginseng," "echinacea," and "ginkgo biloba" often contain no trace of these substances, according to an investigation announced today.
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Herbal medicines have provided the world's populations, including Americans, with safe, effective and low cost medicines for centuries.
An Alternative and Complementary Medicine Resource Guide
These resources relate mainly to Western traditions of herbal medicine (also referred to as phytomedicine, herbal medicine or botanical medicine) that rely primarily on the use of single herbs. Other traditional systems of medicine, particularly Asian traditions, use many herbs in synergistic mixtures or blends. Examples are Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic, and Tibetan. They are not covered in the following listings. Note our Resource Guides on Ayurvedic, Tibetan medicine, and Traditional Systems of Medicine.
These herbs reflect some of the top herb searches on Annies Remedy for the last 30 days. Much of the time popularity translates into usefulness, but not always. There are some real herbal gems that don't generate so much "buzz", and wildly popular herbs that are not always the most beneficial in their class. Use the alphabetic listing above to find a herb by common name or botanical name.
Since 1985, Blessed Herbs has been providing over 600 premium quality bulk herbs and herbal products to herbalists, health professionals, herbal manufacturers, retailers and individuals in the United States and abroad.
Home of the electronic version of "A Modern Herbal" by Maud Grieve since 1995.
The Christian Herbal is here to provide a Christian herbal education to everyone who has a desire to learn: from the young mom just getting started to the wiser woman that has been studying for years.
Cyberbotanica is a free online botany education resource produced as a part of Indiana University's BioTech Project. This site will probably always be under construction; for now, it contains a mini-chapter on plants and chemotherapy (also still under construction), but other chapters are in the works: plants used in bioremediation, fungi which produce antibiotics, and genetically engineered fruits and vegetables.
Greenmedinfo.com is an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is widely recognized as the world's largest and most referenced health resource of its kind, receiving over 1 million visits a month.
You have reached the most comprehensive site on the Web for those seeking information on herbs, herb products and remedies, herb publications.
The mission of the Herbal Academy is to teach the art and science of plant medicine honoring our intrinsic connection to nature. We are dedicated to teaching and promoting a lifestyle of wellness and vitality through the use of herbs, sound nutrition, and optimal health practices.
Herbal News Magazine
Herbal News Magazine is designed to be a destination for learning about natural health and herbal alternatives on the web. Daily news on alternative medicine, natural healing and health maintenance and longevity will be found here.
Herbal Remedy Chart containing common ailments and how to make medicines using herbs and plants from the garden
Herbal Remedies Info
Herbal Remedies Info is your online source for information and resources on natural home remedies. Here you can Look up information on specific herbs, discover remedies for common ailments and learn to make your own soothing oils, infusions, tinctures, and salves.
Herbal Remedy Pro
The great thing about herbal remedies is that they are 100% natural, and so much less likely to cause the side effects associated with modern drugs. Moreover, a single herb will often not just relieve the ailment that you took it for, but also have a host of other benefits for your body. For example, you may take Angelica for a heavy cold, and soon realise that it helps your joints too!
An independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.
HerbMed is an interactive, electronic herbal database that provides access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc. This public site provides access to 20 of the most popular herbs.
The world of herbs continue to surprise us with the new results obtained in curing many of today's health conditions. Alternative medicine provides easy and effective 100% natural solutions to solve our medical problems. It is our duty to know our herb’s properties and keep in touch with the new alternative curing methods.
John and Kimberly Gallagher have combined their knowledge of how to learn herbal medicine along with their expertise in distance learning to create LearningHerbs.com and The Herbal Medicine Making Kit.
Living Awareness Institute
The many resources on this site are dedicated to helping you use herbs in your everyday life for health and wellness. The focus is on empowerment in self-care and healing. Explore the home medicine chest garden, understanding your medicine shed, turning seasonal harvests into healing medicine and inspiring sustainable home use of herbs for disease prevention.
We provide links to medical information and to any resource we can find relevant to medicinal herbs or herbalism practiced a clinical setting, regardless of the medical tradition or system.
A CE Short Course in Herbalism for Health Practitioners
Medicinal Herbs Guide
Medicinal Herbs are in use for thousand of years and are renowned for their effectiveness in many diseases. These natural herbs are very effective in boosting the immune system, increasing the body resistance to infections, healing the allergies, and raising and renewing the body vitality.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Traditional Chinese medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbs, acupuncture, and other methods to treat a wide range of conditions. In the United States, TCM is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. This fact sheet provides a general overview of TCM and suggests sources for additional information.
Natural Herbal Remedies Advice
Vibrant health is our birth right, but it can be overwhelming to paddle through the plethora of information available to us today. I would love to guide you towards vibrant health by finding solutions unique to who you are!
A comprehensive database that provides unbiased, scientific clinical information on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies.
Naturally Simple Living
Naturally Simple Living is a consulting group, offering educational services on healthy living and well-being, operated by Stephany Hoffelt.
This site is a resource for herbal practitioners, it includes editorial content, articles and an extensive searchable and hyperlinked herbal database on current herbal therapeutics.
Plant Healer Magazine
Featuring experience-based & adventurous writings by teachers, practitioners & plant lovers
Combining inquiry, inspiration & skills in artful celebration of the evolving folk herbalism culture
Susun Weed has appeared on numerous national radio, television, and new-media venues, including National Public Radio, NBC News, CNN, and ABCNews.com. She has been quoted and interviewed in many major magazines, including Natural Health, Woman's Day, First for Women, and Herbs for Health.
The Ginkgo Pages
The Ginkgo as a symbol, in art, as ornamental tree, its wood, leaves and seeds, a recipe and its usage as a herbal medicine.
The Longwood Herbal Task Force
The LHTF was organized in the fall of 1998 by faculty, staff and students from Children's Hospital, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to learn more about and teach other clinicians about herbs and dietary supplements.