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Herbal Medicine: It Isn’t New Age—It’s Old Wisdom

Once upon a time, turning to herbal medicine for healing remedies was a mainstream practice.  Then, it seemed as though conventional medicine replaced those old folk remedies that once employed herbs as their main ingredient.  Now, as modern science increasingly turns to the plant world to tap into its hidden healing potential, people are, once again, turning to herbs and their age-old health benefits.

Many healing herbs can be found in most kitchens—in the spice rack or produce drawer of the refrigerator.  Of course, it’s important to remember that not all herbs are safe for all people.  Always consult a healthcare provider before initiating a course of herbal medicine and discuss dosage.  Furthermore, always be sure to tell your healthcare provider of any other medication you are on in order to avoid any adverse reactions.  Herbs may not be safe to use under certain conditions such as pregnancy, for instance.

Many herbal remedies call for fresh or dried herbs that can easily be purchased at the grocery store.  When buying herbs from other sources, be sure you shop only at reputable venues.  Herbal products are not scrutinized by government agencies with the same rigor that pharmaceuticals are.  Be sure to research various brands and choose only the most trusted.

It’s also important to research the most reliable form of the herb in question.  Dried or powdered herbs may lose their potency after exposure to air.  Freeze-dried herbs may better retain their potency and are less likely to spoil.  A large body of research is available online about specific herbs and their storage requirements.

It’s important to remember that use of herbal medicine in the very young, elderly, or pregnant must never occur without the express consent and direction of a healthcare provider.  Some herbs may be quite safe for under ordinary conditions, but may induce adverse reactions during pregnancy.  Finally, monitor all reactions and be sure to discontinue use if any side effects arise.

Cultures throughout the world have employed herbs to treat a plethora of ills.  Herbs may be effective at treating such conditions as inflammation, pain, fever, depression, and more.  Some of herbal medicine’s most effective herbs include garlic, ginger, lavender, sage, rosemary, ginseng, fennel, turmeric, valerian, and thyme.  The ancients made use of plants and the practice continues today.  In fact, many of today’s pharmaceutical drugs are based on the healing properties of botanicals.  Scientists continue to explore the myriad of ways that plants can help humans.  By tapping into an herb’s healing powers, you may find a remedy that works for you.

Many people consult herbalists for help on deciding an herbal regimen.  However, many contemporary physicians may be able to provide information about herbal remedies, and since it’s necessary to let them know about your intentions to use herbal medicine, it makes sense to begin by talking to them.  There are also many reference books that may help explain the nature of various herbs and also discuss their potential side effects.  Once you educate yourself about herbs and their healing potential, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about possibly giving them a try.

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