The activity of the herbs mentioned
in these pages refers to their observed pharmacological effects. This information comes
primarily from clinical studies and in some cases, from empirical data based on a long
history of traditional use.
Although herbs have been used for centuries to treat a vast
array of ailments, reliable definitive information on herbal medicine has been hard to
come by for the casual user, who has to rely on what manufacturers tell them or on layman
publications which are inherently superficial. Recent clinical studies, however, are
validating many of the claims made for traditional healing plants, although it cannot
always ascertain how, exactly, the herbs work. For the most part, this
"clinical" research has not been freely shared with the consumer, until now. We
feel the public should have easy access to this information if they are to make informed
decisions. Making this information accessible, is partly what this web site is all about.
Additionally, we hope to impart some idea of "how" herbs work through articles
on various systems of the body (see the Physiology
The use of medicinal herbs constitutes one of the most effective natural health
alternatives available today. Of course, the herbal practice has been around for
millennia. Today, however, modern clinical research and production methods have advanced
the ancient science of Herbology to a state-of-the-art treatment modality, which works
with your body to encourage a beneficial and natural "response" toward health and
Herbal remedies are judged by their ability to adjust patterns of disorder, not by any
conventional "anti-disease" or allopathic activity. In times when germs and the
other usual "bad guys" of disease are proving harder and harder to alleviate, we
may be ready to look again at medicines that treat illness with vitalistic, supportive
action on the body's recuperative powers.
In natural medicine, it is possible to view the living being as a combination of
interrelated systems, a cosmos if you will, subject to changes in climate, which can lead
in turn to a predisposition to illness, the illness having identifiable patterns as a
result. With the recognition of these patterns, we can look for treatment that emphasizes
the return to homeostatic balance, rather than suppressing symptoms, or killing the
Illness can be viewed in the natural sense, as more a "system malfunction"
(an ineffectual system producing imbalances which then manifest themselves as
or more "disposition" than pathogen (germs merely taking advantage of
If we see the body, mind, and spirit as a complex whole, applying its available
resources as self-corrective efforts to maintain a homeostatic balance in spite of varying
environmental pressures, then we should search for those medicines or agents that support
the body's efforts toward renewal, balance and therefore, health.
Fortunately, there are natural medicines and approaches which have been developed and
applied all around the world over the centuries along these intuitive approaches to
balanced "functioning" health. These approaches are now being explored by modern
science. By combining modern clinical research and understanding of holistic botanical
medicine with the proper systemic view of the body and its self-correcting design, many of
today's insidious maladies of health can be corrected.
The underlying mechanism of herbal action is twofold. Like conventional medicine and
drugs, the chemical compounds in herbs have, through scientific verification, come to be
considered as active agents, i.e. stimulants, competitive inhibitors, catalysts,
co-enzymes, etc.. This first aspect goes a long way to explaining the actions of herbs,
however, their extraction and purification is a step down the road to pharmaceuticals, and
in fact, this is where the first medicinal drugs came from. The second aspect of herb
medicine is that of energies. The amount, quality, and degree of forces released and
generated from particular herbs contribute to the alteration of energies in
various metabolic functions and energy streams through the meridians, resulting in the
improvement of balance in physical and mental conditions as a whole. These qualities
cannot be carried along with a refined drug, as they exist as part of the plant, not a
part of a chemical compound.
Doctor Phyto's Herb Extraction and Production methodology is the foremost
technology for producing Holistic Herb Medicine, resulting in a
"wholistic" preparation of the herb. Doctor Phyto's Herbal Extracts are
the only herb supplements which have had the extraction alcohol removed while retaining
the aromatic essential oils of the plant in micro-encapsulated form. They are
"Whole-Plant" Extracts, containing all the life essence of the botanical.
Research study after study report that isolated (purified) botanical components do not
produce desired physiological effects, yet when the effects of the herb's whole complex of
phytochemicals are given together, traditional effects are documented as well as new
beneficial effects discovered. Doctor Phyto's extraction technology is optimized for
"wholistic" extraction. In other words, an extraction of all the herb
components in their original form and respective proportions. With the more and
more common appearance of "standardized" herbs, a particular molecule has been
singled out to serve as a "marker" of concentration. A good idea at first
glance, until it is put into practice in the world of economic supply and demand where the
marker molecule has become the commodity of commerce, often with the unfortunate
consequence that many manufacturing procedures are economically optimized to extract as
much marker as possible. Why? Well, because purchasing agents are buying
"marker" since they need so many milligrams of it to standardize each capsule.
However, you cannot concentrate one ingredient without decreasing the rest. Take this to
the extreme, and you have an isolate (a pharmaceutical).
Obsessive concentration on fragments of the whole prevents one from seeing the
'whole itself'. One must learn to view the body as a whole and incorporate its health into one's
mindset. If your grass is dead and you are getting brush fires, one needs some rain... not
mere stomping on the flames.
Charles K. Armes