Herbal Information Site

oakleif(z6 AR)December 7, 2008

Came across another herbal information site and thought i'd pass it on.

Here is a link that might be useful: Herbal Information Site

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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

congratulations, this is your first post on herbalism in quite a while, glad to see you participating.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 5:33AM
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rusty_blackhaw(6a)

Based on a limited review of this website, "Herbal Ed" does seem to provide some useful information.

One obvious problem is that Ed places a great deal of importance on his own experience in using herbs and that of other practitioners over the ages, suggesting his observations are as good as the evidence of randomized, controlled scientific trials. The trouble with this idea is that individual practitioners (whether herbalists or physicians) are prone to confirmation bias and other errors that creep into their practice and are held onto even when contrary evidence emerges (note that Ed is quick to condemn a negative study about echinacea, first noting that it is just one of numerous studies, some of which favor Echinacea in preventing colds, and also referring back to the experience of practitioners like himself. Ed does not distinguish between quality large-scale trials and anecdotal reports in the literature (which are much less reliable), and again makes that mistake of assuming that personal observations are equal to large-scale testing under controlled conditions).

In using this site I'd make sure that Ed's observations are backed up by better-trained herbalists and adequate testing.

I also congratulate oakleif for doing a post on herbalism.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 4:02PM
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oakleif(z6 AR)

A first, finally recognized for one of many herbs i've mentioned. However knowing how ignorant you are in herbal lore. hope everyone ignores you. eric i'll take Herbal Eds recommandations over yours any day of the week.
Your saying practioners can be biased? We all know your not biased. Right!!!!?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 12:31AM
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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

My post congratulated you, how could herbal ignorance come in to play there?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 12:57AM
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oakleif(z6 AR)

Because you're ignorance of herbs is so obvious it is an insult for you to agree with me and i'd rather you did'nt.Your age don't help any either.

I've injoyed this bickering with you. It's so easy. But i've got serious work to do. I've got rid of all my frustration for now. So everyone else will have to babysit you and eric for awhile.
Hope someone will get some use from the link.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 1:27AM
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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

So when I say that we should discuss the efficacy of herbs here and not the political issues you choose to disagree with me? If I say we should discuss Political issues does that mean you would then focus on the herbs?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 1:31AM
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oakleif(z6 AR)

Have a very merry Christmas everyone on the herbalism forum. You too eric and brendon.
May your new year be filled with the wisdom of the ancients use of thousands of years of experience and scientific type experiments with herbal medicine.
MAY God guide the medical industry in its endeavers as well as the herbalists.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2008 at 2:56AM
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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

Well thank you.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2008 at 12:25PM
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