I want to share with you 7 ways herbal medicine works to strengthen our health. Herbal medicine is growing in popularity. The health shops are full of herbs, in all their forms, bottles, teas, foods, pills, capsules and body products. People are willing to spend money on their health, investing in natural strategies to strengthen and prevent disease. More people are studying herbal medicine on line and in colleges. I myself studied herbal medicine at the Irish School of Herbal Medicine.
Herbal medicines are effective and quick acting for acute infections, inflammation, bleeding, injuries and stress. Rather than just acting on the symptoms, herbs promote tissue repair and prevent long term consequences of illness.
Chronic diseases develop over time when not checked and can lead to permanent tissue damage. Herbal treatment can slow the progress of most chronic diseases. The goal of an herbal treatment is to restore balance and strengthen there bodies ability to heal itself. Herbs can also alleviate the symptoms, while working on the deeper issues.
Antioxidant herbs like garlic fight to protect the body from harm by straightening the immune system. Adaptogens support the organs to respond to stress. Herbal medicine works best when preventing illness. Too often people ignore their symptoms until they become serious and sometimes too late for the body to recover.
Herbs are natures tranquillisers and can be used effectively to treat a number of psychological conditions e.g. stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia. There is a growing body of research supporting the use of herbs like St John’s wort and Kava for their tranquillising effects as effectively as anti-anxiety drugs. Herbs combine well with psychotherapy.
Our immune system is the corner stone of our health. Herbs possess unique abilities to strengthen and maintain immune health. As modern antibiotics become less effective in fighting bacterial infections, herbs provide a powerful natural way to fight infection.
Herbs can be used to treat acute conditions like allergies and back pain, as well as chronic conditions such as psoriasis, arthritis, and arteriosclerosis. Herbal medicines come in the form of tinctures, capsules, powders, pastes and decoctions.
Older people are becoming the most medicated group of people in society. This phenomena is known as poly pharmacy. Herbal medicines are great for older people as they are gentle on our organs and have less side effects. Herbs for older people provide antioxidant protection, improve circulation and reestablish vitality, appetite and sexual function!
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