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Natural Herbal Medicine

Holistic vs. Allopathic Healing

General definition plus an overview of Holistic vs. Allopathic methodology.

June 10, 1999

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 pages.)

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 vibrant life.

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 "germ."

Illness can be viewed in the natural sense, as more a "system malfunction" (an ineffectual system producing imbalances which then manifest themselves as dis-ease), or more "disposition" than pathogen (germs merely taking advantage of opportunity.)

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 truly "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.Open a PDF version for printing

Charles K. Armes
President

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