Materia Medica

Articles by Chanchal Cabrera regarding herbs, herbal remedies and treatments etc.

Maximum Daily and Weekly Doses and Contra-indications of Herbs

This document is a table of Tinctures Made to 1:5 Strength, Max Dosage Daily and Max Dosage Weekly and some notes on each herb.

Introduction to the Art and Science of Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is one of the oldest methods of healing on the planet with a history of over 100,000 years of continuous use.

Scottish Folk Medicine

The first people thought to have inhabited Scotland were Paleolithic or Old Stone Age people who migrated across now swamped land bridges from the European mainland around 300,000 years ago.

Building a Formula – Selection Criteria and Dosing Strategies


Building a formula, determining the correct herbs and the correct proportions, as well as the dosing strategy, is the pinnacle of the art of herbalism. It is the place and time when much of the hard core science we … Read More

Standardized Extracts

Traditional herbal medicines include teas (infusions and decoctions), tinctures, poultices and salves. Recently we have begun to make increasing use of tablets and capsules. These are all relatively simple preparations, not highly processed and readily available at very reasonable cost.… Read More

The History of Western Herbal Medicine

An overview of the evolution of Western herbal medicine, from primitive, prehistorical times through ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, to the Renaissance and up to modern times.

A Review of Five Key Medicinal Plants of the Pacific North West

This document describes the botany, chemical constituents, pharmacology, clinical applications, pharmacy and folklore of five commonly used botanicals indigenous to the north western parts of the USA and the western seaboard and Rocky Mountains of Canada.

Nature’s Antibiotics

Herbal anti-microbial agents usually work by interfering selectively with cell membrane functions so that metabolic processes of the bacteria are disrupted and death of the organism ensues.

Delivery Systems and Dosage Strategies in Herbal Medicine

Clinical herbal therapy employs several different methods of presenting the herbal material to the body, and dosages are precisely calibrated according to individual need.

Herbal Medicine from your Kitchen Cupboard

Many herbs and spices serve a dual role in our lives, both to provide culinary diversity and as medicinal herbs used for therapeutic purposes.