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Unveiling the History of Plant Medicine

In our journey for healing and well-being we have often turned to the wonders of nature. Plant-based therapy is an age-old practice that has played a crucial role in supporting holistic health and vitality. In this blog we dive into the history of plant medicine, exploring its roots, cultural significance, and long-lasting legacy.

Join us on this enlightening journey as we unravel the significant impact plant medicine has had on human health and the fascinating stories behind its use over the ages.

Cultural Traditions and Ancient Roots

For thousands of years, civilisations around the world have recognised the healing powers of plants. The National Centre for Biotechnology Information states that ancient wisdom from Ayurveda in India and the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Asian countries showcases the deep understanding of the potential therapeutic properties found in plants.

These rich cultural traditions sought to achieve balance and harmony within the body by using the gifts of the natural world. The knowledge passed down through generations continues to inspire modern plant therapies and the movement for a more holistic approach to wellness.

Sacred Plants and Rituals

In various cultures, certain plants were regarded as sacred and incorporated into rituals and ceremonies. These rituals bridged the gap between the physical and spiritual realms, providing guidance, healing and a deeper connection to the universe.

According to Britannica, plants that are used as alternative medicines today previously held spiritual significance, offering experiences that provided deep insights into the human psyche. The admiration for these plants in ancient rituals emphasises their lasting influence on human culture and well-being.

Wisdom of Traditional Healers and Herbalism

Herbalism is the art of using plants for medicinal purposes and has been an important part of alternative medicine therapies for centuries. The United States Department of Agriculture states that Shamans and wise healers drew upon their extensive knowledge of plant properties to address illnesses and restore balance in the body.

These traditional healers were entrusted with the wisdom of plant-based remedies, often passed down through generations. Their expertise, along with their deep connection to the natural world, made the foundation for herbal healing systems that continue to inspire us today.

Cultural Exchange and Global Impact

As civilisations traded and explored all over the world, the knowledge of plant medicine spread over continents. Ancient trade routes like the Silk Road enabled the exchange of ideas, herbs and healing practices. According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, plants such as ginger, turmeric and ginseng became commodities and were valued for their potential therapeutic properties.

The global impact of plant medicine transcended geographical boundaries while improving the diversity of healing traditions and possible alternative ways for healing and holistic health. 

Plant Medicine Today

Despite the advancement of modern medicine, plant medicine continues to play a vital role in healthcare systems around the world. This is evident in the recent surge in interest in natural and alternative medicine, which has led to a resurgence of plant-based therapies.

As we reconnect with our roots, we have embraced the wisdom of our ancestors with researchers, scientists and healthcare professionals continuing to unravel science and effectiveness of plant medicine, validating its historical significance. This new age of plant therapy holds potential in transforming the healthcare industry even further. 

What we have Learned

The history of plant medicine is an inspiring journey that covers generations and civilisations. From ancient rituals and the sacredness of medicinal plants to the wisdom of traditional healers and the global exchange of healing knowledge, plant medicine has had an enormous impact on health and healing.

As we rediscover the teachings of our ancestors and embrace alternative pathways to wellness, plant-based therapy continues to shape our understanding of holistic health, offering alternative healing options that can support conventional treatments 

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for your own practitioner’s advice, nor is it intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment for any illness/disease. Cannadoc & associated parties are not liable for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of/reliance on information provided.

 

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We often get queries about how long it takes to be contacted by your pharmacy after we’ve written your script. Let us walk you through it.

After your consultation, we endeavour to have your e-script sent to the selected pharmacy that day. Please allow up to five business days to accommodate for busy periods. Scripts must remain at the pharmacy they have been sent to. You’ll be included in the email sent to the pharmacy, so please look out for it.

After this, a representative from the pharmacy will be in contact with you. If more than five business days have passed and you still haven’t heard from your pharmacy, please contact them as your first port of call, as it’s likely they’ve been trying to contact you and are unable to reach you. All repeat scripts will be kept at your pharmacy for your convenience.

Why Choose a Recommended Pharmacy for Your Script?

We work closely with select pharmacies and dispensaries in Melbourne that are familiar with our processes, to make the experience efficient and seamless for you. Your Cannadoc doctor will let you know about these pharmacies at your consultation. Benefits of using a recommended pharmacy include:

  • Easier turnaround times as they’re familiar with plant-based medications and are experienced in the ordering and dispensing process
  • Free express delivery to anywhere in Australia when you order more than one product at a time – ideal if you’re not near the recommended pharmacies
  • No price mark-ups – they honour the recommended retail price which can’t be guaranteed via other pharmacies

What if You Choose to go Through Your Own Pharmacy?

You’re welcome to go through the pharmacy of your choice. Here’s some more information on this process:

  • We’ll email you your script directly. This will incur a $15 administration fee
  • We can’t guarantee that each pharmacy dispenses plant-based medicines, so you’ll need to check with your chosen pharmacy beforehand
  • Possible delays while the pharmacy navigates scheduled medicine regulations
  • Possible delays while they locate a supplier or distributor for the prescribed products
  • Possible delays while the pharmacists undertake dosing and administration education
  • Unknown dispensing and shipping fees – pharmacies have been known to mark up the price of the product due to these extra processes

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Our friendly team is here to help you anytime during business hours. If you have any enquiries about your script or this process, please contact us – opening hours 9am-6pm.

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for your own practitioner’s advice, nor is it intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment for any illness/disease. Cannadoc & associated parties are not liable for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of/reliance on information provided.