Just What Can Alternative
Herbal Remedies Do For Me
Maybe you have heard of the wonders of using herbal remedies
to treat a variety of health ailments but you have yet to take
the natural health plunge.
Maybe you feel you need to know more about herbal remedies
before you take the plunge. If you are not familiar with the
basic principles of herbal therapy, hopefully this article can
give you a better idea of what herbal therapy is all about, and
how you can use herbal remedies in your everyday life for
First, you should have a greater understanding of exactly
what herbal therapy is and how it works. Herbal therapy and
herbal remedies usually refer to the use of medicinal plants to
achieve healing and create greater overall health.
Using herbal remedies is one of the oldest forms of
medicine. These days, you may also hear a lot of about
alternative medicine. Alternative medicine incorporates herbal
therapies, as well as other healing traditions.
But how exactly does herbal therapy work? Many plants
contain chemical properties that are beneficial to the body's
health. Most commercially manufactured pharmaceutical drugs
contain compounds that can be traced back to plants found wild
For instance, let us consider saponins. Many plants found
growing wild in nature contain saponins. These commonly found
saponin compounds are well known for helping in the bowel
elimination process and they also help break down excess mucus.
Many plants also contain tannins.
Tannins are chemical compounds that help slow the bleeding
of wound, and some types of tannins are also known for their
strong antimicrobial properties.
Herbal remedies can be taken in a variety of
The most common way to take medicinal herbs is as an herbal
tea. Another common way to prepare and take herbal medicine is
in a tincture. A tincture is a concentrated liquid extract of
an herb. You can also ingest many kinds of herbs fresh, either
alone or as part of a meal.
Many medicinal herbs can also be used for external use as
compresses, creams, poultices, and salves. Another common way
to apply healing herbs externally is as essential oils.
Finally, more and more medicinal herbs are now available for
use through commercially available herbal capsules or
Most medicinal herbs are used to treat specific conditions,
boost overall health, or as supportive treatments. Many herbal
remedies can be taken in combination with other forms of
An Interesting Herb Fact
The Healing Beauty of Borage
The borage flower (Borago officinalis) is well known for its lovely blue color. The flowers have been used since Elizabethan times for both decoration and for its healing beauty. Recent modern research has shown that the plant may actually stimulate the adrenal glands, encouraging the production of adrenaline, that famous 'fight or flight' hormone that is responsible for getting our bodies geared up during the most stressful times in our lives. Herbalists describe the character of the borage...
Many herbal remedies can help reduce the side effects of some
prescription drugs. However, some herbal remedies may interact
negatively with prescription drugs, so great care must be taken
when combining medicinal plants with prescription drugs.
Traditional herbal therapy is often used to
great effect in the treatment of chronic conditions. Examples
of chronic conditions that may benefit from traditional herbal
medicine include diabetes, arthritis, memory problems,
cardiovascular disease, and for acute conditions such as skin
problems and colds.
Herbal remedies are often thought of as a
way to balance out a person's natural
This is often accomplished by using the
Ayurveda chakra philosophy. Chakras are energy
centers of the body, and they can often be
balanced through herbal remedies.
Different chakras of the body are associated
with various areas of the body, such as
important glands and organs.
A tincture is an alcoholic extract of the
herb in question.
However, just because herbs are natural does
not always mean that they are safe. Large doses of herbal
treatments should always be avoided. For the best results,
herbal remedies should be taken under the guidance of a trained
herbalist or naturopath doctor.