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The medicinal benefits of herbs have been known for centuries.
Records of Native American, Roman, Egyptian, Persian, and Hebrew medical practices show herbs were used extensively to treat practically every known illness.
Many herbs contain powerful ingredients that, if used correctly, can help heal your body.
The pharmaceutical industry was originally based on isolating these ingredients and making them available in a purer form.
Herbalists, however, believe nature provides other ingredients in the same herbs to balance the more powerful ingredients.
These other components, even though they may be less potent, may act as buffers, synergists, or counterbalances work in harmony with the more powerful ingredients.
So, when you use herbs in their complete form, your body’s healing process uses a balance of ingredients provided by nature.
In the U.S., herbal remedies were widely used until the early 1900s, when what was to become the modern pharmaceutical industry began isolating individual active compounds and making drugs based on them.
American medicine became almost exclusively committed to a medical system some practitioners call allopathy, which treats illness by producing a condition in your body that doesn’t allow disease to live or thrive.
Over the years, most Americans have become conditioned to rely on synthetic, commercial drugs for relief.
Today, however, scientists are taking a second look at herbal remedies.
Especially in the past 20 years, a growing body of research has pointed to the therapeutic possibilities of many herbs.
And big pharmaceutical companies are always on the lookout for plants to help with a variety of disease.
But a lot of work needs to be done; less than 1% of the estimated plant species on earth have been investigated for possible medicinal uses.
In 1978, the German Commission E monographs were created, which describe the safety and effectiveness of herbs.
This is still considered the most authoritative modern work on the subject.
Today’s renewed interest in herbs shows increasing concern about the side effects of powerful synthetic drugs, as well as the desire of many people to take charge of their own health, rather than just submitting themselves to the current health care system.
We’re also rediscovering the healthful benefits of tasty herbs for cooking and aromatic herbs for enhancing and helping to balance mental, spiritual, and physical health.
Nature’s pharmacy is an abundant one.
Many herbs are rich in compounds with a beneficial effect on certain tissues and organs, and, therefore, can be used as medicines to treat, cure, or prevent disease.
Herbal remedies can help nourish your immune system, stimulate the regeneration of damaged liver tissue, build the strength of your adrenal glands, counter the side effects of chemotherapy, balance your endocrine system, stimulate milk production, and improve night vision, among other things.
Generally, medicinal herbs fall into two basic categories: tonic and stimulating.
Tonics help cells, tissues, and organs maintain tone, or balance, throughout your body.
Some tonics activate and invigorate bodily processes or parts.
Other tonics supply important nutrients your cells, tissues, and organs need to work right.
Tonics usually are taken regularly for 3-9 months at a time to gently strengthen and improve overall health and/or certain organ functions.
Stimulating herbs have much stronger actions and are used to treat specific ailments.
They should be taken in smaller doses than tonic herbs, and for shorter periods of time.
Just because an herb had an historical use doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work for your condition.
There may be some trial and error with different herbs and herbal blends before you get satisfactory results.
Today, some herbs have undergone processing to produce a standardized extract targeting specific conditions.
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