Herbalism: Chinese Medicine

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[b]History of Herbalism[/b]

[b]Overall history[/b]
It has been stated by archeologists that we have had a relationship with herbs going back 30,000- 50,000 years. Although in ancient times herbalism, much like the way of life, was generally mixed with superstitions and magic. In the 17th century medicine and botany went separate ways. Today we can determine superstition from that of scientific fact. Many of the traditional herbs have been tested as well as proven to be beneficial to health. Herbs are proving to be not only safe alternatives to costly and dangerous drugs but effective as well. Which could be one of the reasons that there is a renewed interested within using and growing herbs for medicinal as well as culinary purposes.

[b]Mesopotamia[/b]
One of the first places to have a written recorded of herbs and their uses medicinally was the Sumerians, over five thousand years ago. Archeologists have found clay tablets with prescriptions of healing herbs, such as caraway and thyme.

[b]China[/b]
Asian medicine is
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It was written and together before 200 BC. It is not only a summary of medicinal plants and theories but also of medical ideas, techniques, and even systematizes the previous millennia of herbal experience. It also deals with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. deals with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The root of Chinese medicine is largely based on herbalism dating back 5000 years. Since then Chinese medicine has expanded and grown, making variations, and changes. But some of the principles have not changed these are known as the root principles. The root principles is the laws that your body has to follow such as ying and yang. The system of medicine that that Chinese have and still use are in some ways more evolved than modern western

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