Frequently asked questions about Physiomedicalism
- What is Physiomedicalism?
Physiomedicalism is the traditional herbal healing system of North America. It all began with Samuel Thomson in about 1800 and was further developed by Alvah Curtis before the Civil War. Most modern herbal folk healing and practice can be traced to this stream of thought.
- How does it vary from other forms of healing such as homeopathic medicine?
Physiomedicalism is not homeopathy or homeopathic medicine. Homeopathy is a completely different system of healing that uses extremely diluted doses of herbs, minerals and poisons to treat aliments by the principle of “like cures like.” Herbal healing, and Physiomedicalism, on the other hand, uses whole herbs or extracts to support body functions and restore health through opposing metabolic imbalances.
- Why are there different schools of herbal healing.
Herbal healing is mankind’s oldest medicine besides spiritual healing and such practices as hydrotherapy. Over millennia different schools of thought about how to apply herbs for healing have come into use. These evolve over time and sometimes compete because of differing philosophies.
Today the main division between schools of herbal healing revolves around Vitalism and Materialism. Wholistic herbalists believe that the whole plant should be used and that herbs affect the vital forces of the body. The chemical school of herbal healing, sometimes called phytotherapy, attempts to explain herbal function simply in the terms of materialistic science without reference to vital forces.
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