“A wise man ought to realise that health is his most valuable possession."
It is said that we are born in one way, but die in thousand different ways.
Herbal medicine is one of the most ancient healing arts. It has always been and will have been the medicine of the people. As far back as the primitive-communal society human suffered from various diseases that shortened his life. But because he fed on products of the surrounding nature, he gradually started to recognize quality of herbs to heal his diseases and those harmful to destroy his enemies or to bag game more easily. No matter which political power, no matter what globalization pressures putting away real-world problems, no matter what is deemed legal versus illegal, not even FDA in all of its regulatory glory can prevent someone from going his way and using nature´s free medicine.
Humans have always lived in symbiosis with plants and plants have been here longer than the humans (than we have). They have learned their lessons and adapted to their environment, and they have produced a beautiful language to communicate those lessons with other plants, animals, and fungi. The chemical compounds that plants produce, their biochemical language, is so complicated that we haven´t even scratched the surface in the thousand or so plants around the world that are used as medicine.
As we move toward a more sustainable world with clean energy production, locally grown organic foods, and nature conservation, we must look at our current model of medicine through the same filter of sustainability. A world that remains totally dependent on high-cost chemical medicines, controlled by multinational pharmaceutical companies whose main purpose is profit, is dependent upon the very institutions that created the environmental problems that are poisoning this world.
The goal of this chapter is to encourage you to use herbs to help yourself, your family and others.