By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

October 8, 2019

I just finished the first week of the University of Minnesota’s Herbal Medicine MOOC taught by Amy Taylor, MD. The Coursera course is aimed at health professionals and is turning out to be quite interesting.

The use of plants in medicine seems to be worldwide and multicultural. Here in Japan, we usually think of Chinese medicine, but Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine detailed over 500 medicinal plants, so it’s obvious that the use of plants for therapy wasn’t confined to China.

Today, according to eCore, up to four billion people, or about 80% of the world’s population use botanical medicines. In the US, according to a 2012 CDC survey, 33.2% of the population used alternative therapies and within this group, 17.7% used botanical therapies. The people in this group spent 12.8 billion dollars in the same year as opposed to the 54.1 billion dollars spent on pharmaceuticals.

The numbers make it clear that there are a lot of people who use botanicals.







English books by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers