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The Chinese culture has used herbs for medicinal purposes for centuries. They may have written logs and literature which lists the specific herbs used, their approach to preparations, and dosage for curing specific aliments or diseases. One particular book popularly known as Divine Farmer, but is really called Shennong, classifies specific species of woods, herbs, even animals into different types of medicines and their uses. These details is useful even in today's modern times. Herbal practitioners use diagnostic principles that change from those used by conventional practitioners. For instance, when treating arthritis (see box), herbal practitioners might observe underfunctioning of the patient's systems of elimination” and decide that the arthritis results from a build up of metabolic waste material.” A diuretic, choleretic, or laxative mixture of herbs might then be approved alongside herbs with anti-inflammatory properties.Module 3 covers topical applications of herbal medicine including both first aid uses and cosmetic uses. If you feel like you might use some more comprehensive information on essential oils, Dr. Josh Axe is hosting a free webinar exceeding, in great detail, uses and methods for using essential oils Click below for more information. Herbal medicines are easy to find growing in the open, and can be collected and used as required. Herbal apothecaries have long gathered medicinal plants from local environments, and imported herbs and spices from abroad, and through the ages, herbal knowledge has been passed on from generation to generation and from teacher to apprentice.Watch out for side effects. If symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, or upset stomach, occur, decrease the dosage or stop taking the herbal supplement. Izzo AA, Ernst E. Interactions between herbal supplements and recommended drugs: an updated systematic review. Drugs. 2009;69(13):1777-98. Kennedy DO, Haskell CF, Mauri PL, Scholey AB. Acute cognitive ramifications of standardised Ginkgo biloba extract complexed with phosphatidylserine. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2007;22(4):199-210.Eventually, herbal practices and perfumery made a comeback as attitudes shifted, but by the mid-nineteenth century, essential oils were being replaced by chemicals in medicine. By the twentieth century, perfumes and cosmetics contained mostly synthetic fragrance, which was cheaper and much easier to produce. Ironically, a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, was in charge of resurrecting the utilization of essential oils during the 1920s. After burning his hand in his laboratory, he grabbed the nearest bottle of liquid, which turned out to be lavender oil. Intrigued by the rapid healing aftereffect of the oil, he devoted the rest of his career to studying essential oils and named his discovery aromatherapy.Garlic contains vital nutrients, including flavonoids, oligosaccharides, selenium, allicin and high levels of sulfur. Consuming cooked or raw garlic , with the addition of it to food or going for a capsule, can help treat diabetes, fight inflammation, boost the immune system , regulate blood pressure, fight cardiovascular disease, relieve allergies, fight fungal and viral infections, and improve hair thinning.