Welcome to this new herbological site authored by me, medical herbalist Jonathan Treasure. This site is a work-in-progress container for my motley musings on western herbal medicine – especially its scientific, theoretical and philosophical underpinnings.
There are lots of different ways of understanding and using plant medicines that do not require attention to such things, but I can confidently say that when it comes to herbal medicine and cancer (where clinical strategies and tactics parse into the reality of survival times) realtime questions erupt daily for which the herbal manual is definitely missing. The challenges are exacerbated by the hostility of mainstream oncology towards non conventional approaches and it is understandable that most herbal practitioners prefer to ply their trade in areas that in which plant medicines have established track records. So…this site is probably most relevant to inquisitive students & practitioners of botanical medicine, maybe also allied healthcare professionals dealing with cancer, but may well interest anyone contemplating the complex ways plants and humans interact.
In case you were looking for it, the previous incarnation of herbological.com existed for a decade plus from 1998-2008; it included Herbal Bookworm book reviews and Herbal Hypotheses (position papers). As an early advocate for the idea that herbalists could and should benefit from using the internet, it was perhaps inevitable that my original herblog succumbed to the time and energy draining demands of regular content updates, and in 2009, and after almost 5 years working on my Herb-Drug, Nutrient Drug Interactions textbook, I mothballed the original herblog and then dismantled the entire herbological site.
Eradicating one’s cyberhistory is more difficult than you might think; serial requests for copies of deleted herbological posts accumulated even as I was ‘in recovery’ – meanwhile rogue sites were copying and reposting my old material, often without credit or acknowledgement; so eventually I put together a “Greatest Hits” collection from herbological.com as a free eBook. You can still grab it by signing up here.