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Are Medicinal Herbs An Alternative To Main Line Pharmaceuticals?

Jul 26, 2008
Modern medicine and more importantly the pharmaceutical industry have long desired to refute the claimed benefits of consuming medicinal herbs, however, there are those who believe that the healing power of herbs live on. May it be recognized that contradicting many research studies is the fact that many herbs are used in the manufacture of today's medicine, thereby cementing the notion that medicinal herbs can be useful in protecting and curing some illnesses.

In the past modern medicine used to test medicinal herb based on patients use to record its effects. Simply speaking, if the result was positive and repeatable, the herb was continued as prescribed for the particular illness for which id had been used. Conversely, if the results were singular and its effect could not be repeated, the use of that herbal remedy was discontinued and described as worthless.

Looking back at these studies, many herbalists believe that requirements of the test may have been bias. As with some conventional medicine, medicinal herbs do not have the same effect on every patient and it is believed the test groupings may have been insufficient to give accurate results to depict the benefit of the medicinal herb.

It should be noted that in most cases the taking of a medicinal herb usually shows no signs of ill effect; however, it is important to consult a recognized herbalist as there are some natural herbs that can cause problems in humans. Therefore, before embarking on a course of herbal medicine it is wise to take medicinal herb with caution and only in prescribed dosages given by a trained herbalist.

You Cannot Disregard Centuries Of Herbal History

Records show the Chinese were the first to use any medicinal herb for treating illnesses. Chinese medical journals date back around 5000 years listing various known herbal medications, it has also been discovered that the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations counted medicinal herbs as an important part of health care, thousands of years ago. Many of the herbs they used back then are still being used by naturalists around the world today and many are also marketed for the specific ailments for which they have been used ever since.

Owing to the source and preparation of medicinal herbs, this has been a cause of concern for many medical professionals due to the lack of control over their preparation and use in over the counter products sold in many health and drug stores. Owing to the lack of control in the manufacturing process of these herbal medicines, it is claimed that mixing certain herbs and other natural products may cause side effects

An example of one of the medicinal herbs used today is red clover, which grows wild in many parts of the country. It is claimed to have healing tendencies for skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis as well as chronic degenerative diseases and dry cough. Unfortunately, there is little information concerning the proper dosage and application of the clover to achieve the most benefits. Irrespective of the innumerable documented successful treatments of cases of eczema, psoriasis etc modern medicine still refuses to recognize that medicinal herbs do have healing qualities preferring to promote the products of large pharmaceutical companies instead.
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