Herbals

NATURAL HERBAL REMEDIES AS SUPPLEMENTS

Natural herbal remedies are drawing the attention of many traditional medical practitioners to rapidly recognize the ability of the hundreds of thousands of known herbs that have the ability to treat and prevent various human and animal illnesses, as well as properties that can enhance mental attitude, appearance, and performance.

Many centuries of experimentation by many cultures, for example Indian herbal medicine (Ayurvedic), Chinese herbal medicine, and western herbal medicine have created many uses for plants either singularly or in compounds, and sometimes animal by products to prevent and treat various conditions and illnesses.

A natural remedy can be anything from tea, to complex preparations of herbal compounds used in hospitals and clinics. These formulas come in many forms such as capsules, pills, ointments, and gels.

You may be using some of the common herbs as a food in your home such as:

* Garlic–natural antibiotic and helps reduce cholesterol

* Cinnamon–lowers blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides

* Ginger–prevents motion sickness and lowers risk of blood clots

* Chamomile Tea–calms nerves and help relieve digestive problems

* Peppermint–Treats many digestion and gastrointestinal problems

These common herbs may be mixed with other proven natural products to achieve a particular result.

Traditional medicine is very useful for diagnosis, emergencies, trauma and surgery, but often does not cut it for preventing disease from occurring. The time and wait needed to visit a doctor to get a prescription, and the ever growing cost of medicine is allowing an opportunity for many people to try to get help from natural products.

Many traditional medicines are showing many adverse side effects. Natural, is not necessarily safe, and may have unwanted side effects just as with conventional medicines, however a large ever growing number of the population has been using herbals, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for many years with very favorable results and no adverse effects.

Natural herbal products are now available for use by adults, children, and pets to remedy countless conditions from Angina and Arthritis, to skin care remedies, thyroid treatment, urinary tract infection and an unlimited number of other disorders.

Many new products have been compounded to remedy conditions other then disease, such as smoking cessation, removing unwanted hair, eliminating wrinkles and many other conditions.

One of the many natural herbal remedies could be your answer.
XXXThe world of today is a world of progress, no one doubts about that. We have managed to do in 200 years of continuous industrial revolution, what we couldnít do in thousands and thousands of tumultuous history. And yet, with all these technological breakdowns and synthetic substances, artificial food, not to mention the reign of King Plastic, some people still find the power and the wisdom to ask themselves how people in the past remained healthy and fit without nutritional supplements, drugs, even antibiotics. Their secret was that that they used what Mother Nature gave them: the plants to cure themselves. Fortunately, this knowledge hasnít been forgotten; even if theyíre not so widely used, plants have found their place in our civilization.

The story begins thousands of years ago, before the recorded history, when man didnít know how to write or read, but knew how to follow their instincts. They discovered that certain herbs could alleviate their pains, others could make a wound disappear and others could even kill them. In the course of time, societies developed and with them appeared the means to transmit their knowledge other than orally.

5000 years ago, in Ancient China, people used rhubarb (Rheune palmatum) as a purgative without knowing anything about the actual active substances they contained. Also, they used Ephedra to treat asthma, even though the substance called ephedrine was discovered much later, in 1887 AD. All oriental ancient civilizations had their insights into the fascinating world of botany, as plants were one of the few elements to which they could resort to heal themselves. The famous king Hammurabi of Babylon (18th century BC) recommended mint to cure constipation and other digestive disorders. Mesopotamian doctors considered that the best time to take a herbal medicine was at night or early in the morning, a principle which is confirmed nowadays by modern studies. The Indians had an entire system of rules, prescriptions, remedies and practices, called Ayurveda, many of which involved the use of plants. They also had strict rules about when, by whom and from where the plants should be collected

People in Ancient Egypt knew and used the castor-oil plant, wormwood, saffron and oregano to heal and disinfect wounds; they also put coriander in their tombs so that the spirit will remain healthy in his afterlife. There are written records of their use of garlic (especially for the workmen who built the pyramids), indigo, mint and opium. The Greek and Roman civilizations have made a major contribution to the medical science. Although much of their studies stemmed from other cultures (Mesopotamian, Egyptian), they added precious information and, in time, they became more and more concerned about the diseases and cures as natural and realistic processes, rather than spiritual or magical. Physicians like Hippocrates, Dioscoride and others have recorded their discoveries; their works would enlighten the pre-medieval civilizations for many centuries after their death. Dioscorides wrote De Materia Medica (1st century AD), which contained a list of hundreds of medicinal plants, along with their description and curative qualities.

The Dark Ages met with a lack of any further recorded herbal studies; the knowledge was probably transmitted from generation to generation ñ parents taught children, monks, even herbalist taught apprentices. However, there lived a great Persian physician by the name of Avicenna (Abu Ali al-Husayn ibn Abd Allah Ibn Sina) who wrote one of the most famous books in the history of medical science: The Canon, which also contained information about how plants should be used and their properties.

In1527, the Swiss thinker Paracelsus demonstrates that only a small part of the plant has an effect upon the human body (1g per 20 kg of plant), which is what we now call active substance. Later on, scientists have developed methods to isolate these substances.

However, the first complete categorization of all known medicinal plants was printed in a book called Theatrum Botanicum by John Parkinson in 1640 AD. In 1649 Nicholas Culpeper pulished A Physical Directory, which is considered one of the best herbal pharmacopoeia manuals still quoted today.

As chemistry as a science developed, physicians started to use more and more widely synthetic medicines, such as aspirin, which proved to have side effects. Yet all pharmacists and drug producers confirm the fact that, unlike artificially synthesized substances, medicines extracted from plants are more accessible to the metabolism and friendlier with the human body.

Herbal teas.
If we go back a few hundred years the diet of each area tended to reflect the agricultural potential of the area except for the few wealthier people who ate imported foods from a few hundred miles away. So the extensive range of nutrient packed foods that we see today was not available for healing. Herbal teas were then a primary source of the substances and nutrients needed to cure many common ailments. And the effects of application of those teas as the foundation of a healing program was quite noticeable and often it was the only medicine available.
In every country healing herbs were known, collected and found applicable to the expected ailments from that region. Nature does that without being asked. So it was a lot less confusing as the range was limited and of course the price was mostly cheap as it only had to be picked. Thats right most herbal medicines were weeds and for that matter still are.
As the industrial revolution took hold and travel and communications grew especially as the result of wars, Many things happened. People moved into different areas. Abandoning their roots and family connections and of course carrying ailments from one part of the world to another where the available herbal medicines were no longer effective. Some took the herbs with them but as many were weeds there are still many countries which are missing significant herbal remedies or cannot grow them. And so now the study of herbal medicine includes all varieties from all around the world no matter where you are. Herbal teas is still a major part of herbal medicine but we have divided them here because there are many people who just drink teas for the sake of it and prefer specific herbal teas as their beverage of choice. It is also a way of avoiding illness by charging the system with nutrients which fight that disease. Many teas are also high in antioxidants which can assist in the fight against disease and prolong life.
As with other parts of this document we are here to encourage the studying of natural health and while providing a free and comprehensive source of information, we want our readers to get more detailed and up to date information from the experts. Writers of books on each subject go into much more detail than we possibly can and the staff at many health food stores are well versed in the applications of the products they sell. Fact is if you study natural health and use the advice that you receive, you will get healthy. Herbal teas.
If we go back a few hundred years the diet of each area tended to reflect the agricultural potential of the area except for the few wealthier people who ate imported foods from a few hundred miles away. So the extensive range of nutrient packed foods that we see today was not available for healing. Herbal teas were then a primary source of the substances and nutrients needed to cure many common ailments. And the effects of application of those teas as the foundation of a healing program was quite noticeable and often it was the only medicine available.
In every country healing herbs were known, collected and found applicable to the expected ailments from that region. Nature does that without being asked. So it was a lot less confusing as the range was limited and of course the price was mostly cheap as it only had to be picked. Thats right most herbal medicines were weeds and for that matter still are.
As the industrial revolution took hold and travel and communications grew especially as the result of wars, Many things happened. People moved into different areas. Abandoning their roots and family connections and of course carrying ailments from one part of the world to another where the available herbal medicines were no longer effective. Some took the herbs with them but as many were weeds there are still many countries which are missing significant herbal remedies or cannot grow them. And so now the study of herbal medicine includes all varieties from all around the world no matter where you are. Herbal teas is still a major part of herbal medicine but we have divided them here because there are many people who just drink teas for the sake of it and prefer specific herbal teas as their beverage of choice. It is also a way of avoiding illness by charging the system with nutrients which fight that disease. Many teas are also high in antioxidants which can assist in the fight against disease and prolong life.
As with other parts of this document we are here to encourage the studying of natural health and while providing a free and comprehensive source of information, we want our readers to get more detailed and up to date information from the experts. Writers of books on each subject go into much more detail than we possibly can and the staff at many health food stores are well versed in the applications of the products they sell. Fact is if you study natural health and use the advice that you receive, you will get healthy.