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    The Healing Power Of Herbs By May Bethel.

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    Contents:

    Foreword

    1. - A History Of Herbalism 2. - What Herbs Can Do 3. - Doctor Or Drug Induced Disease 4. - Herbal Treatment Of Disease 5. - How The Glands Work 6. - Your White Bloodstream 7. - Refreshing Sleep Without Drugs 8. - Female Disorders 9. - Pregnancy And Delivery 10. - Babies And Their Care 11. - The Care Of Older Children 12. - Beauty Secrets 13. - Your Crowning Glory 14. - The Art Of Perfumery

    15. - Herbal Beverages16. - Help For The Smoker 17. - Herbs And Their Properties 18. - Medical Terms 19. - When And How To Gather Herbs 20. - Cooking With Herbs 21. - Plant A Herb Garden 22. - Miscellaneous

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    Foreword

    It is hoped that the publication of this book may be helpful to those who are willing to be benefited by the information it contains.

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    Chapter 1. - A History of Herbalism

    The knowledge of the use of herbs in the prevention and treatment of disease is a lost art. The use of herbs goes back to the beginning of time.

    A systematic study of plant life probably first began among the ancient Egyptian s and Greeks.

    Hippocrates was the first man who practised medicine as an art. He was a Greek p hysician who lived about the fourth century before Christ. In his writings, Hipp ocrates described plants as medicine. He was a herbal practitioner.

    The following is taken from Pliny's Natural History, written almost 2,000 years ago. "Hippocrates verely had this honour above all men, that he was the first wh o wrote with most perspicuitic of Physicke, and reduced the precepts and rules t hereof into the bodie of an art; howbeit, in all his books we find no other reci pes but herbs."

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    Those who followed Hippocrates made a more systematic study and classification o f plants and their uses as medicine. The best of these herbals or books describi ng wild and cultivated plants was written by Otto Brunfels, a German botanist. H is contemporary, Hieronymous Bock, produced the Materia Medica.

    Herbs were used as medicine extensively until about 1500 when Hohemhein started the practice of using chemicals to treat disease. Medical men then followed the idea that the human body could be purified chemically. He, Hohemhein, publicly b urned the books of Hippocrates and Galen, another herbalist. He transformed the medical practice. After his death (Hohemhein's), hundreds of people took up the practice of giving chemicals in place of herbs, roots and barks. He was the firs t to give mercury as a medicine.

    The herbalists of Great Britain are the true successors of Galen and Hippocrates . Those of the medical profession today are the successors of the descendants of  Hohemhein of the fifteenth century.

    The American Indians had a knowledge of many herbs, roots and barks and their us e in the treating of disease. Many of these wild plants helped them keep vigorou s in spite of their rigorous existence. As a result, they had great stamina and endurance.

    Squaws served as domestics in colonial homes. They often used their native medic ines in the care of the sick and taught their white employers their herbal knowl

    edge.

    Native plants were the sole source of medicine for the early pioneers of America .

    A century ago most American housewives were acquainted with the medicinal proper ties of herbs. Young girls were taken into the fields by their mothers, who taug ht them to recognize many herbs and to know their use in treating disease.

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    Chapter 2. - What Herbs Can Do

    THE knowledge and use of herbs should be challenging to every thinking person who is concerned about his health and the health of his family.

    God has provided a remedy for every disease that might afflict man. Every part o f the world has its herbs which are peculiar to that particular area, to be used  with wisdom in treating disease.

    Chemical wonder-drugs are not the answer to our need. For no drug is ever free f rom side-effects.

    Botanicals were created for a purpose, and that purpose should be as clearly und erstood by us today as it was by the colonists and the Indians who they found he re.

    It has been said that knowledge is power and he who seeks it is wise, and he who  neglects it does so to his own regret.

    The fundamental principle of natural healing calls for a return to organic remed ies.

    We may complain about the weeds that clutter our gardens and fence-corners, but weeds are herbs which we have not yet learned to identify and cultivate.

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    The Office of Indian Affairs sent a group of specialists to visit the Navajo Ind ians to prove the superiority of modern medical methods. They reported that the ancient methods used by the Indian doctors proved as fully effective in curing m any diseases as had the latest methods known to medical science.

    No one herb can be said to cure any ailment. Each element working together in th e correct proportion to each other helps nature in her healing and rejuvenating process. A combination of herbs is better, since all the minerals will then be c ontained in the tea and a perfect balance will be more nearly certain.

    Research is substantiating the truths herbalists have known for centuries. Schoo ls of Pharmacy are granted enormous sums to study the relation of plant chemistr y to the restoration of health and resistance to disease.

    However, it must be stressed again that the alkaloids chemically produced from a  plant are not as effective as the tea from the original plant.

    Only with herbs can the desired results be obtained, since in them there are pro perties as yet unidentified which also are essential to proper body maintenance.

    Our bodies are equipped with everything necessary to prevent illness and disease .

    Experiments have proved that the process known as metabolism, that is, the break

    ing down and the building up of cells, is kept in perfect harmony with the consumption of plants and plant juices such as herb teas and vegetable juices. This v egetable matter has a distinct influence on gland activity and therefore restore s health to afflicted parts of the body. Since the body cannot retain these esse ntial elements, it is necessary to provide them every day.

    The body has recuperative powers. But don't expect miracles overnight. Nature so metimes works slowly. Illness does not happen overnight, either. You cannot side -step nature's laws and escape illness and disease. You cannot go on for months and years ignoring nature's laws and expect miracles after you reach a point of no return.

    Since most botanicals are mild, we must work with nature to obtain the best resu

    lts. Detrimental habits can hinder inherent healing powers. Avoid tobacco, coffee, tea and liquor. Diet should consist of mineral and vitamin rich foods of easy  digestion.

    Herbs that are specific for particular ailments require certain amounts. You may  have heard it said that "If a little will do good, a lot will do better". This is a serious mistake. Large amounts of herb teas can be toxic and dangerous. No more so though than being gluttonous in eating foods of any kind.

    Health is the complete absence of disease. A healthy body is the surest safeguar d against any form of disease.

    If a deadly fungus is swallowed, a healthy reaction is a vigorous and complete e

    mptying of the stomach and bowels. The better the health, the more decisive will  this house-cleaning be. The more thorough and immediate the evacuation, the les s damage will be done to organs and tissues. To stop this method of nature would  be dangerous. Herb teas will assist nature in throwing off these poisons while chemically produced medicine might cause these symptoms to abate, which is a com mon practice.

    Out of the man's trouser leg fell a shining ant as big as a scorpion and with a long sting at its tail. It had an extremely hard skull. It was almost impossible  to crush it. This incident occurred in the tropics where such insects are found

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    . A native said, "The little brute is worse than a scorpion, but it isn't danger ous to a healthy man."

    If man would resort to simple means, follow simple laws of health, nature would restore the body to normal health and protect it against outside hazards.

    Herbs have scientific basis. A noted German scientist and author, W. Weitzel, in  his book The Mysteries of Plant Blood, illustrated how plant blood (juices) and  human blood are closely associated and that roots, barks and herbs have value i n building up health and resistance to disease.

    Simple cures are not enough for medical science. For most every "cure" brought a bout by herbs, there is a so called expert who says such a cure is merely a coin cidence.

    However, herbs can be an effective agent in disease prevention as well as assist ing nature in her healing process.

    Everyone should have a knowledge of what herbs can do.

    Herb remedies or folk remedies and folk-lore are associated together, which is a  mistake. Folk-lore can be amusing in its superstitions in the care of the sick.  On the other hand, folk medicine or herbalism is rich in herbal wisdom. If we w ould use herbs, we would be doing our bodies a favour.

    Modern chemistry c

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