Aug 20, 2020
The word “tonic” is frequently used in herbal medicine and in the alternative health world. We hear about health tonics, rejuvenative tonics, nutritive tonics, bitter tonics, and chi tonics. But what does “tonic” mean?
“Tonic” is a nebulous term and one of those terms in herbalism that can use some clarification to make sure that we're all on the same page when we say “tonic.” What's the difference between a tonic from the perspective of physiomedicalism versus the way the word “tonic” is used in Ayurvedic medicine or Chinese medicine?
This week’s post discusses the importance of knowing what we mean when we use certain terms in herbalism.
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