Put the power of nature on your side. Medicinal plants (herbs), spices, and functional foods, and their active ingredients have been used for the treatment of chronic diseases from ancient times.
Scientific research of traditional medicinal plants is re-discovering what ancient herbal practitioners have known for millennia: the active ingredients in plants can solve many chronic ills. Additional research is needed to find out why an herb or spice is safer than a single pharmaceutical drug and why pharmaceutical drugs can have such disastrous side effects.
Herbal medicines contain several active ingredients. Pharmaceutical medications are based on a single active ingredient derived from a plant or from a synthetic source. Specialists of herbal medicine believe that using only one active ingredient can lose its impact or become less safe if used in isolation from the rest of the plant.
A good example is salicylic acid found in the plant meadowsweet and is used to make aspirin. Aspirin can cause the lining of the stomach to bleed, but meadowsweet naturally contains other compounds that prevent irritation from the salicylic acid. Herbal medicine practitioners believe that the effect of the whole plant is greater than its parts.
Doctors are saying that chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc., can be “managed with medication.” Unfortunately, it seldom can. For the healthcare industry treating chronic illnesses is a huge money-making machine.
Chronic diseases are caused by physical and mental abuse. Chronic inflammation can cause several diseases and conditions, including cancer, obesity, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, ulcerative colitis, and more.
Allopathic researchers have performed trials using pharmaceuticals for the prevention of inflammation-related diseases. The overall success rate has been nil. What is more, the exact cause of chronic diseases still remains unknown.
The good news is there are natural alternatives. Use functional foods like garlic and ginger, to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of blood fats and cholesterol.
The antibiotic and antiviral properties of garlic is also used to fight colds, sinusitis and other respiratory infections, Many studies have shown ginger to be useful in treating nausea, vertigo, motion sickness, and morning sickness.
People with chronic problems can find relief by using natural supplements made from herbal formulas in teas, capsules, extracts, and tinctures. Taking supplements work better in the treatment of chronic problems than many drugs and have less adverse side effects.
Here are a few spices and herbs commonly used in herbal medicine, and their traditional uses:
– Turmeric has a powerful active ingredient called Curcuma longa, combined with Piperine, which is an effective chronic disease fighter.
– Neem solves many gastro-intestinal and hearth problems.
– Annona-Annona muricata contains anti-cancer actives more potent than many pharma formulations.
– Echinacea stimulates the immune system and aids the body in fighting infection.
– He shu wo is an adaptogenic herb, which means that the body will use the active compounds where they are needed most.
– Ginkgo biloba is used to treat brain neuro-degenerative ills, poor blood circulation, hair loss, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
– Ginseng is used to treat fatigue, for example, during recovery from illness. Also used to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
– Chilcoatl root stimulates the immune system and is a potent analgesic, anti-mitotic, antibiotic, antiviral, and much more.
– St John’s wort, Tila, Valerian, and Magnolia herbs are as effective as pharmaceuticals in treating depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
There are many herbal formulas to help specific ills; ask your local herbal practitioner for a list of functional foods and particular herbs that act on different systems of the body.
Herbal medicine’s goal is to return the body to a state of natural balance so that the body can heal itself.