by Amy Goodrich
Neanderthals are our closest extinct relatives. They left Africa some 200,000 years ago to venture into Eurasia long before humans did. It is believed that, for a while, Neanderthals and our early human ancestors lived alongside each other in Europe. While Neanderthals looked quite similar to us, they are often thought of as our dumber, more brute caveman relatives.
New research, however, has discovered that they may have been more intelligent than we think. While antibiotics and painkillers are often touted as the miracles of modern medicine, it appears that our early relatives were using them tens of thousands of years before we first discovered them. Continue reading
by Annie Dieu-Le-Veut
The ancient Egyptians honoured the scarab or dung beetle for several reasons, and not least because it oriented itself and navigated its path via the Milky Way.
I’ve been wondering if that is the reason why Mr Snail keeps somehow wriggling itself under my front door every night, and doing a little circuit on the red carpet (according to the silvery, gungy pattern he deposits) before leaving again? Continue reading
By Rita Louise
As long as life has existed on Earth, so have issues associated with maintaining health and the remediation of disease. For humanity, the use of natural healing methods have created the foundation for modern medicine. Continue reading
By Susan Curtis
The increasing demand for wild plants as ingredients for food, cosmetics, wellbeing and medicinal products poses major ecological and social challenges. Many of the herbs and essential oils we love and use – from juniper and liquorice to elderberry and frankincense – are collected from the wild. In fact it is estimated that around 85% of medicinal and aromatic (MAP) plant species used in herbal medicine are gathered from the wild. Continue reading
Burdock is one of those seemingly magic herbal remedies which is good for so many aspects of our health.
Burdock is popular in both Western and Chinese herbal medicines for its detoxifying effects — it’s a great herb to try if you have skin problems, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or skin infections. It’s also a traditional liver tonic. Continue reading
The Chinese drank tea from sweet wormwood leaves to cure chills and fevers, Egyptians used a herb from a plant called khella to help pass kidney stones, and all around the world, leeches were placed on sores to stop blood from clotting.
While these traditional methods of treatment are well known natural cures, Australian bush medicine, much like the bush itself, has been very much a mystery…until now. Continue reading
The government’s announcement today that it would bypass EU legislation in order to stop hundreds of perfectly useful herbs disappearing off the shelves of our health foods shops came as welcome news to the more than six million UK customers who consult herbal medicine practitioners.
Under the new plans, herbal medicine practitioners will have to sign up to a register, by law.
In the wake of the recent news that herbal medicine will now be kitemarked for safety reasons, it might be a good time to talk about the relative safety of herbal medicine as compared to its more orthodox equivalent.
According to the groundbreaking 2003 medical report, Death by Medicine, (Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith) nearly 800,000 people in the United States alone die every year from the mistakes of conventional medicine. Continue reading