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— updated 2015-10-24

Health science articles — index

This collection of articles will help you understand the potential role of traditional Chinese herbal health care in the 21st century. The science, law, politics, and history of herbal medicine are explored from perspectives that are rarely touched upon in conventional schools — we examine many politically incorrect "third rail" issues. In a nutshell, an end-game war between the medical-industrial complex and indigenous forms of health care is occurring, and individual rights and health freedoms are at stake. We provide you with practical ideas for defending these rights and freedoms.

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Introduction to Clinical Chinese Herbology

  • Chinese herbology: Correct and incorrect ways of choosing herbs - explains some of the pitfalls in choosing herbs (i.e., side effects), and it discusses the scientific and conceptual differences between allopathic medicine and TCM herbology. (Both health professionals and herbal product users will find this article helpful.)
  • Test your knowledge of common and popular herbs. A short quiz with answers, illustrating how traditional Chinese herbal (TCM) methods help us choose herbs correctly. (After taking this quiz and checking the answers, you may be surprised how herbs may sometimes be misused.)

Professional and special topics

  • Subscribe/Download: download software, sample our course materials, and receive out free email newsletter, RMHI Herbalist Review.
    • RMHI Herbalist Review archives of back issues since the year 2000.
  • American herbalists' realpolitik. The essays in this series evolved from discussions of challenges facing TCM herbalists in 1990's America in the areas of education, regulation, and politics. Today's herbalists face the same problems as those of ancient herbalists and physicians, and I have emphasized a historical approach to solving them. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. To avoid this fate, I hope these essays will encourage TCM herbalists around the world to overcome these challenges so our profession can grow, rather than become moribund and dogmatic.
    • History of herbology and medical herbalism: oppressed arts. Special examination of the relationship between religious and political climate and the development of herbal traditions from ancient to modern times.
    • Modest proposals for the improvement of traditional Chinese herbal education, with guidelines for the self-motivated student. If you are considering a career as an herbalist, you should read this article.
    • The right to practice herbology, legal and historical basis. Many alternative health practitioners are vaguely aware of the desirability of avoiding claiming to treat or cure disease, in order to avoid being accused of practicing of medicine without a license. Here is the low-down, complete with U.S. and state Supreme Court case citations, that explicitly outlines the boundaries that herbalists and other alternative practitioners must not cross. Know your rights and obligations so that you can practice lawfully and ethically. Note: a state health-care practice license (massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, etc) does not necessarily protect you from the need to know this information.
    • A review of issues relevant to regulating Chinese herbal practice. Regulation under the guise of protecting the public has been often used as a device to impose self-serving monopolies on the health care professions.
    • Herbalists' guidelines for avoiding the practice of medicine: a checklist for protecting your rights as an herbalist. Conclusions and guidelines are derived from the preceding articles to help herbalists defend their right to assist and educate the public.
    • Stop FDA attempts to restrict availability of herbs and non-drug natural products: a resource guide for herbalists in countering this trend. Special focus on recent proposals for good manufacturing practices for herbal product manufacturers, which could affect the viability of small herb businesses.
  • Questions you should ask about curriculum quality before enrolling in a Chinese herbology program.
  • Recommended reading in traditional Chinese herbology.
  • RMHI-network. A private forum for RMHI students, graduates, and invited TCM herbalists.

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