Herbal medicine refers to the use of a different parts from plants such as: roots, berries, bark, leaves, or flowers as natural medicine. Long practiced outside of conventional medicine, herbalism is taking its place once again in the treatment and prevention of disease.
How do herbs help the body?
Each day, millions of Americans take medication for high blood pressure, sleep aids, antidepressants, aspirin, decongestants, and many other over-the-counter or prescribed medications. However more than 160, 000 Americans die from taking the wrong prescriptions or they suffered from serious side effect of the drugs. In the United States it is ironic that we take more prescription drugs than other countries, yet we live shorter lives. In Europe and Asia the use of herbs is much higher, herbs are used as the first line of defense against adverse health conditions instead of the more invasive medical treatments.
History of herbal medicine?
Long before recorded history, plants were used for medicinal purposes. Writings by ancient Chinese and Egyptians educated us today of the uses of herbal remedies. Herbs have been successfully used since the beginning of time but in the 19th century scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients of herbs. Chemists began to make their own version of plant compounds, going from raw herbs to synthetic pharmaceutical products. Even with the use of pharmaceutical drugs, 80% of the worlds population still rely on herbal medicines as part of their primary health care.
How does herbal medicine work?
Herbal supplements continue to be used today for a wide variety of reasons. The most important of these reasons, of course, is that herbs work. The key to using herbs is to choose the correct herbs. It is also important to use organic herbs that are less than 6 months old. Herbs contain many healing constituents that the body understands and they invoke a healing response from the body. Herbs are full of nutrients, vitamins and healing properties allowing the body systems to fight by strengthening the immune system. Whole herbs contain many ingredients that work together to produce the correct medicinal effect.