Key Benefits Of Natural Medicine
Natural medicine has been in use for thousands of years and many ancient civilizations took advantage of this before modern medicine took over in popularity. In fact, many of these natural medicines are still in use in those nations and they are growing in popularity in the western world, too.
While there are plenty of people out there who will tell you it's unreliable and ridiculous, scientific research has found that a lot of natural medicines are effective for exactly what they are purported to do.
Traditional healthcare is expensive and not everyone can afford to cough up the cash for certain medications, nor do they want to always rely on prescription medication when there are natural alternatives available.
Just have a look at the benefits of using natural medicine.
1. No Side Effects
One of the scariest things about so many of the medications people use on a daily basis is the side effects they come with. While many are incredibly rare, even the common ones can be scary.
In fact, the side effects often mimic the problem that they're trying to solve which just means you're going to have twice the problem you were initially facing.
The side effects are particularly scary if you are dealing with a chronic medical complaint and you are expected to take certain medications for life.
There may be certain side effects, which you can live with as you try to let antibiotics run their course, but long-term side effects can be unbearable and affect your quality of life.
2. The Natural Healing Process
The purpose of natural medicine is that it harnesses the body's power to naturally heal itself.
Therefore, the ingredients that are used in natural medicine are often produced naturally by the body or come directly from nature.
The major issue for Americans seeking modern medical treatment is the cost, and sadly, even the generic products can run into the hundreds. A simple trip to the doctor of the emergency room is enough to leave most people broke.
Yet, natural medicines are widely available and you can buy them in health shops, pharmacies, and even supermarkets.
That means there's no need to worry about co-pays or prescription costs, you just need to find the right solution and pick it up at the store.
Alternative therapies are also more affordable than traditional medical treatments.
While there are certain alternative therapies that may cost more, for the most part, the available treatments are inexpensive when compared to prescriptions and therapies.
For example, it is far cheaper to see a chiropractor or acupuncturist than it is to go down the path of traditional pain therapy treatments.
4. Widely Available
In order to get prescription medication you need to visit your doctor and that can be a time-consuming and costly exercise.
Not only do you have to find the money for the co-pay and the prescription, but you need to find the time to make it to the doctor when they can eventually see you.
You don't need to worry about that when it comes to natural medicine, nor do you need to travel great distances just to purchase the products.
Pretty much every supermarket stocks natural medicines.
5. Boost Your Immune System
What many people overlook when it comes to natural medicine is what it's really doing. No one is suggesting that these methods are going to cure cancer or replace chemotherapy.
What they can do, though, is provide your immune system with a much-needed boost and help you ward off illness and disease.
It also makes it more likely for traditional treatments to work if you have to go down that path.
Herbal Medicine Uses
Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes for many thousands of years. A variety of medicinal systems and cultures have included them in therapies and medicines.
There are countless uses and countless herbs to choose from. Many of them have found their way into conventional medicine, while others serve their purpose in natural remedies, supplements, teas, and vitamins.
The benefits are vast, but it’s important to have an understanding that not all herbs are equal and some can negatively impact your health.
Herbal medicine can be traced back to pretty much every major world culture, including China, India, Greece, Rome, Egypt and beyond.
For the Greeks, there was a complete system that differentiated certain herbs for certain seasons, elements, and temperaments.
The Romans took these theories and improved upon them. In fact, some of their practices are still being used today.
Perhaps the most famous herbal medicine systems are Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Indian practice of Ayurveda.
Herbal medicine was designed to tackle not just the symptoms of a disease, but the underlying issues as well. So, a herbalist looked beyond the symptoms and considered the big picture.
Now, that means considering physical stressors as well as lifestyle stressors. Once a herbalist understands the cause of an issue, they can prescribe the correct herbal treatment.
Additionally, they can be used to increase the function of the immune system.
Pharmaceutical companies often draw active ingredients from herbs to use in their products. However, it’s important that the whole plant is used.
For example, one of aspirin’s active ingredients is salicylic acid, which is extracted from mead wart.
As we know, aspirin can cause problems to people with sensitive stomachs. Meanwhile, the other ingredients of mead wart work to protect your stomach from salicylic acid, including mucilage and tannin. There is value in the whole plant.
There are all different preparations for herbs, from tinctures and infusions to creams, oils, ointments, and decoctions.
Typically, herbs will come in a variety of options so that you can choose the right preparation for your issue.
If you aren’t sure which one is most suitable for you, consult a professional.
Many health food stores will be able to point you in the right direction, but so do the instructions on packages.
Be sure to find the right preparation and herb for your particular issue or illness. The Common Herbs
There are literally thousands of uses for herbal medicines, simply because there are so many different types of herbs.
They can be used to relieve the symptoms of PMS, migraines, depression, and even arthritis.
They can be used to treat scrapes, burns, and so much more. They’re also used to take, and if you know what you’re doing you can grow your own herbs at home and use them.
However, not every herb is safe for consumption. It’s important that you really know what you’re doing. Let’s take a look at some of the most common herbs and their uses.
• Echinacea – this immune system booster can shorten your cold, and even help treat kidney infections.
• Ginger – it’s well known for its ability to relieve nausea, but it can also improve circulation and remove some of your cold symptoms.
• Gingko Biloba – gingko can reduce dementia symptoms, improve circulation, memory, and it can even help with an irregular heartbeat.
• St John’s Wort – it’s most commonly used for exhaustion, irritability, anxiety, and depression. However, it can also be used as a topical application for inflammation or burns.
• Chamomile – it’s not just for tea, chamomile can relieve stress, indigestion, insomnia, and anxiety. Additionally, it can be used to help with bronchitis and asthma.
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