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Have You Thought About Trying Herbal Remedies?

Jul 21, 2008
Do you wonder why doctors don't prescribe herbal remedies for your sickness? Is it because his medical representatives have never suggested one, given him samples, or tried to sell him one? The truth is the big Pharmaceutical companies have no interest in herbal remedies. The reason for this is because they can't patent them. They can't make any money from them, so they have no interest in them, and they even tell you that they don't work.

Everything they are saying couldn't be further from the truth. Herbal remedies work, and they've been used as far back as 5,000 years ago. They've even found medicinal plants at Neanderthal burial sites.

The reason they work is because the plants work with the body's natural ability to heal itself. Millions of people worldwide still rely on them and use them successfully as a natural alternative to traditional medicine. Herbs are the oldest medicines known to man.

There are many forms of herbal remedies. Oils or cream can be applied directly to the skin, capsules and teas can be taken orally, or added to food. In Europe, they are still very popular. In Germany, for example, they are still being sold in drugstores.

In the United States, health insurance does not cover herbal remedies, since they are called dietary supplements by law, and not drugs. But unlike drugs, they don't have any side effects or toxicity that is usually found in traditional drugs. People suffering from chronic or degenerative illnesses have been successful in using herbal remedies.

A word of caution should be said, however. Since there is a possible interaction, if you are currently taking prescribed medicine, you should ask your healthcare provider before taking any herbal medicines. Also, pregnant or breastfeeding women should be careful, because there may not be enough information to know how it might affect them or their baby.

Dosages for children are also made according to the weight of the child. The reason is because their bodies react differently to drugs or herbal remedies than adults. Your healthcare provider or a knowledgeable herbalist should be consulted before attempting to administer to a child. Adults and kids require different dosages.

Some of the more common herbal medicines are kava plant root, St. John's Wort, and butterbur plant. People from the Pacific Islands have used kava root for centuries to alleviate anxiety and lighten up their mood. Since the 14th century, people have used the butterbur plant for fevers and plagues.

Modern uses of butterbur include treatment of allergies, ulcers, coughs and infections, migraine headaches and asthma symptoms. Extracts are taken from the stem, the leaves, and the root of the plant. St. John's Wort is used for calming, and helps with insomnia.

A lot of people don't realize that many of our modern day medicines actually have their roots in herbs and other plants. A perfect example is the heart medication digitalis. This medicine was derived from the popular garden flower, foxglove. You can ask the assistance of an allopathic or homeopathic physician, or an experienced herbalist, in knowing which herbs you need to help you.
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Christian Goodman is a popular natural health alternatives writer and the creator of the Natural Health Blog. His newest work is the Lower Blood Pressure program, which is a Natural High Blood Pressure program to cure your hypertension.
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