Herbology vs Herbalism vs ??? – What’s your definition?

What's your opinion?There are so many sites on the internet dedicated to Herbology.

On Facebook alone I found seven pages, other than my own, named herbology. Some seem to have interesting philosophies on what herbology actually is. Of course there are the ubiquitous sites dedicated to the use of marijuana, some are based on the herbology classes at Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, there are some that say that herbology is a branch of magic, and then there are some that talk about it as a pursuit of herbal knowledge and it’s uses.

What is your definition/philosophy?
Here is mine….from Herbology At Home: Making Herbal Remedies...

There are many terms like herbal medicine, botanical medicine and herbalism which all describe the same thing.

However, I draw a distinction between herbology and herbalism. Sure, both deal with herbal medicine but to me, and for the purpose of this book, herbology is an amateur interest whereas herbalism is a professional pursuit.

Now, just because I said “amateur” does not mean that it is in any way less effective or less important.

What it does represent is a continuation of an ancient tradition whereby herb lore is practiced by everyday people in everyday situations.

I’d love to hear your view on this one.

One Response to Herbology vs Herbalism vs ??? – What’s your definition?

  1. Thought says:

    For all academic purposes; I’d say the two are so closely related their contrasts have never formally been distinguished. However, I’d say herbalism is more the study of remedial uses of herbs , being preventative in nature; whereas “herbology” brings to mind “herbal pharmacology”, or the use of medicinal herbs to treat conditions with herbs. Id say the difference lies in the approach.

    Like so many other areas of healthcare that are clouded by speculations on philophical approach; holism does play an important part in this delimma. Where holism works on the premise that treating the whole is more effective than treating the part, and/or treating the problem is more effective than managing it; herbology I think would involve more detail on the biochemistry, pharmacokinetics of, and medicinal uses of herbs to treat certain conditions.

    I often find both terms (herbology and herbalism) attached to or associated with religious doctrine or conviction. I don’t really distinguish either term with level of competency, but rather intentions for, and particular approaches to the medicinal study and applications of herbs.

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