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Alternative Herbal Medicine Or Herbalism – Will Improve Your Health

By Micheal Webb

Herbal medicine is an ancient practice that dates back to early centuries. This practice is based on the use of plants and plant products as well as minerals, shells and other animal parts. Parts of plants such as leaves, flowers, stems, seeds and barks are also considered herbs and are also widely used.

Herbal medicine and modern science

Herbal medicine is widely accepted in the medical community mainly because of its scientific basis. It plays a big role in the development and manufacture of various drugs and medications, providing great contributions in modern pharmacology with 25% of all prescription drugs being derived from trees, shrubs, and other herbs. Most of these medications are a mixture of herbs, plant extracts, and other organic substances. These substances help heal the body by utilizing various ingredients that are provided by nature. Herbs are very potent drugs and are effective in treating various diseases, illnesses and discomforts without the negative side effects of drugs that are produced synthetically.

Some of the most common herbs and their uses

There are thousands of herbs that have various positive and healing effects on the body. Some are used to prevent illnesses while some are used to cure and others are used to enhance the appearance and general well being of one person. The Alfalfa is commonly used to detoxify and alkalize the body. It also helps in lowering the cholesterol level in the blood, ease inflammations and helps in balancing the hormones. It is also a good treatment for bleeding disorders, anemia and disorders in the bone, joint, colon, digestive system, and the skin. Another popular herb is the aloe vera which is mainly used to treat wounds and burns. It also helps in minimizing or eliminating scars by promoting cell regeneration in the skin. Other valuable properties include antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral that helps in fighting off different types of infections. Chamomile is not only popular as an herbal medicine but there are also teas that are chamomile infused. It is very popular for its calming effects that help in relieving stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Cayenne pepper is a popular treatment for arthritis, rheumatism, sinus infections, colds and sore throat. Chamomile is also used as an anti inflammatory remedy, it helps in stimulating the appetite and also helps in promoting digestion. Chamomile is also popular for it calming effects that help in relieving stress, anxiety and insomnia. Other than herbal medicine, you can also find herbal infusion teas in chamomile.

Risks of herbal medicine

As with any other medication, one should be extra careful in taking herbal medicines either for medication and supplement. It is never wise to self medicate as herbs have different effects on different persons. If you are planning to take herbal medication, it is best to consult both your herbalist and your physician. Herbal medicines if taken in larger doses than what is indicated can be harmful. It can cause health problems ranging from mild allergies to intoxication that can even cause death. If you feel any discomforts such as difficulty in breathing and palpitations after taking any herbal medicine, you should see your doctor immediately as you may be having an anaphylactic reaction. You should also inform your healthcare provider if you are taking more than one herbal medication or supplement at the same time. Herbs also have negative interactions with each other. Pregnant women should also avoid taking herbal medicines as some types of herb can increase the risk of getting a miscarriage. If you think you are pregnant and is taking herbal supplements, consult your doctor immediately.

There are many reasons to use alternative herbal medicine as a means to aid in the healing on it’s own, or with traditional medicine:

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