WHAT IS IT?
Herbalism is the use of crude plant material such as leaves, ﬂowers, fruit, seed, stems, wood, bark, roots, rhizomes or other plant parts, which may be entire, fragmented or powdered. The term herbalism refers to the long historical use of these medicines to support the healing function of the body. Because of the long tradition of using botanicals to promote health, the use of herbs is well established and widely acknowledged to be safe and eﬀective.
Herbalism uses plants and foods for healing and for building and maintaining good health. It is the oldest known medical practice with an unbroken tradition that reaches back to the very beginning of recorded history. Other healing modalities such as conventional medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, ﬂower essences and food science have evolved from herbalism.
Today, herbalism is considered a biologically based practice by the FDA and includes the use of dietary supplements, foods and other natural substances. In addition to herbs and foods, herbalists frequently use other natural approaches to wellness including sunshine, detoxiﬁcation practices, exercise, lifestyle changes, fresh air, hydration and hands on healing.