Herbal medicines are made from plants. Herbs are still being used to cure many illnesses, relieve pain, or just help with everyday life. Herbal medicines are generally safe to take if the right ones are taken correctly. Herbal medicine is also called herbal remedies, homeopathy, pharmacy medicine, essential oils, and natural medicine.
Herbs have been used in China for over 4000 years. Herbal remedies were used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Herbal medicine has long been thought to have health benefits. Herbal treatment is considered a holistic alternative method of treating people because it treats the whole person rather than just the illness or condition they have. Herbs are also an important source of many drugs used today including acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), codeine, colchicine (from “Colchicum autumnale”), digitalis (from “Digitalis purpurea” and other species), morphine, quinidine, reserpine (from Indian snakeroot; Chinese snakewood; South American coral bark), rauwolfia serpentine; taxol (derived from yew, Pacific yew, and Japanese yew); and vinca alkaloids (e.g. vinblastine). Herbs have been used as the basis of many systems of traditional medicine.
Herbal medicine has grown in popularity and use. Traditional herbal medicines can be highly effective and safe if they are used correctly and by a knowledgeable person who understands the correct applications for each herb or combination of herbs. Herbal medicine is popular because it is relatively cheap compared to buying regular pharmaceutical drugs at a doctor’s office and over-the-counter substances that don’t need a prescription. Herbal remedies can also contain chemicals that may be harmful to some people during certain times of pregnancy or medical conditions such as epilepsy, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, heart disease, etc. Herbs have changed over time to become safer while still being just as effective in treating the same conditions or illnesses they were used for in the past. Herbal remedies work as effectively as most pharmaceutical medicines for most conditions.
Uses of Herbal Medicine:
Herbal medicine has many uses for many different illnesses or conditions, may be chronic or temporary it tends to work well for most people if used correctly. Herbs do not cure illnesses or conditions, but only treat the symptoms that are experienced. Herbal medicine does not work for everyone and should be tested on a small area of skin before putting it directly on the skin to check for any reaction especially if an individual has sensitive skin. Herbs can change how other medicines work, so it is important to tell a doctor about all the other supplements and medicines taken before taking herbal remedies and keep track of interactions between herbs and traditional medicines such as pharmaceutical drugs.
Herbal medicine should also be stopped two weeks before surgery as some herbs may thin blood leading to bleeding complications during surgery. Herbal medicine can interact with certain types of medical equipment such as those used in medical imaging tests like MRI’s and CAT scans because some herbs can leave a metallic taste in the mouth and interfere with images these machines produce. Herbal medicine is also not recommended during pregnancy and nursing as some herbs may harm an unborn baby or newborn child, and others could cause lactation problems for the mother if used while breastfeeding. Herbal remedies should always be researched before use to make sure it is safe for what they will be used for as some plants are poisonous if ingested. Herbs also contain chemicals such as alkaloids, glycosides; tannins; flavonoids; essential oils; resins; sterols; salicylic acid (aspirin); saponins; cardiac glycosides: aconitic acid, and derivatives including acid and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that can cause negative interactions with other medications.
Herbal remedies should never be used during a medical emergency or for a condition that requires immediate attention as they could cause more harm than good. Herbs also need to be prepared correctly and taken in the right dosages to ensure the effectiveness of the desired treatment. Herbal remedies are safe to use in combination with other herbal medicines since they will only enhance the effects without negative side effects. Herbs have several uses some of which include aiding in digestion, increasing energy, soothing pain, helping reduce inflammation and swelling, lowering blood sugar levels for diabetics, speeding up wound healing time, treating asthma attacks especially among children who cannot take standard inhalers due to allergies, preventing heart attacks by thinning the blood while increasing HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) that wards off plaque buildup in the arteries.
Herbal supplements also tend to be more effective than traditional medications. There aren’t any negative side effects since only natural chemicals are being taken into the body, and Herbal medicine is relatively cheap compared to buying regular pharmaceutical drugs at a doctor’s office. Herbs have been used for thousands of years in different cultures each with its special qualities that are beneficial to one’s health.
Benefits of Herbal Medicine:
Herbs can be taken by mouth, placed on the skin, and even inhaled to deliver their benefits to treat a condition or give relief from symptoms. Herbal medicine also has many uses that may not involve treating an illness and instead could simply be used for relaxation and stress reduction or perhaps relieve some of the symptoms of an illness like pain or inflammation. Herbal medicines are created with different methods based on what they intend to be used for so each herb must be researched before taking it at all times. Herbal remedies have been found to help prevent certain medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, AIDS/HIV infection, osteoporosis (bone loss), Herpes, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke. Herbal medicine has also been used to help treat certain medical conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure (hypertension), arthritis, migraines headache pain, asthma, bronchitis, menstrual cramps caused by contractions of the uterus during menstruation that can cause mild to severe discomfort in some women; other symptoms could be bloating or swelling of the abdomen along with nausea and vomiting (morning sickness associated with pregnancy). Herbs are also used for depression and anxiety relief.
Precautions of Herbal Medicine:
It is important to know all the herbs being used before taking them as this will prevent any possible side effects from occurring especially if they are being mixed creating a different effect from what was intended. Herbal remedies should never be used during a medical emergency if it will take too long to get the correct treatment. Herbal medicine is usually made from leaves, bark, roots, flowers, seeds, fruit peel or entire plant materials that have been dried then turned into tablets capsules tinctures infusions powders syrups liniments salve ointments, or sap that has been decocted (heated then filtered). Herbs do not need to be prescribed by a doctor as they can be bought over-the-counter in most pharmacies and herbal supplement shops. Herbal remedies are usually used to treat illnesses, but can also be used for other reasons such as to aid in weight loss or reduce stress. Herbs are not tested like conventional medicines, however, they are controlled by the pharmacy and healthcare products regulatory agency (MHRA) which ensures quality products that meet safety standards before they go on sale in stores. Herbal medicine is very popular because it is relatively cheap compared to buying regular pharmaceutical drugs at a doctor’s office, and over-the-counter substances that don’t need a prescription. Herbs also tend to work better than traditional medications because there aren’t any negative side effects since only natural chemicals will be absorbed into the body without any risk of overdose or chemical poisoning from ingesting too much. Herbal medicine is also not affected by drug interactions that can occur with pharmaceutical drugs because of how they are made. Herbal medicines should never be used during an emergency as they could cause more damage than good if the correct treatment isn’t received straight away. Herbs also tend to work better than traditional medications because there aren’t any negative side effects since only natural chemicals will be absorbed into the body without any risk of overdose or chemical poisoning from ingesting too much.
Herbal medicine is a popular alternative to traditional medication because it does not have any negative side effects, Herbs also tend to work better than regular medications because there aren’t any negative side effects since only natural chemicals will be absorbed into the body without any risk of overdose or chemical poisoning from ingesting too much. Herbal remedies are relatively cheap compared to buying pharmaceutical drugs at a doctor’s office and over-the-counter substances that don’t need a prescription. Herbs can do many things such as help with digestion, increase energy levels, soothe pain, reduce inflammation and swelling, lower blood sugar for diabetics, speed up healing time in wounds among others. Herbs should never be used during an emergency as they could cause more damage than good if the correct treatment is not received right away.