The term herbs here is used in context of using herbs and plants for medicinally healing.
While using herbs to help treat illness may seem to some like a modern day phenomenon, herbs have been used for over 5000 years. Herbs date back to Ancient Egypt, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and into other cultures that used natural herbs to heal.
The medicinal benefits of herbs have been known and used for centuries by many different cultures around the world. Man has always been
dependent on herbs in one form or another. The herbs that were used a thousand years ago for an ailment, are still being used today. The benefits of herbs are not studied in science, but rather on the observations of all the herbal healers over the year. Lemon balm was used for viral skin eruptions like herpes then, and it is still used for that today. Many of the benefits of herbs are not so much based on scientific study but rather on the observations made by herbal healers through the centuries.
Herbs are a natural source of healing, they still act as potent medicine, and should be treated with respect. Herbs should be treated like other medicines. It is always important to follow the recommended dosages, either on the package or from your herbalist. While most herbs are milder than synthetic drugs, this does not mean that they are completely safe, or that some aren’t poisonous when taken incorrectly. Most herbs have less side effects than drugs, but some herbs can be dangerous if taken improperly. Herbs can also be dangerous if taken for longer periods than what is needed. Most problems with herbal medicine stems from overuse and misuse. When used as directed, herbs are a safe, gentle and effective way of treating illness naturally.
Traditional doctors and pharmacists have had little training in herbal medicine. While many are learning, they don’t always know the side effects, or what herbs you shouldn’t take when certain disease are present. You usually have to seek out a clinical herbalist or other health care provider knowledgeable in all aspects of herbal medicine. Practitioners with knowledge of herbs include herbalists, homeopaths, naturopaths, and doctors of Oriental medicine.
Healing herbs are found in many forms. The come in capsules, tablets, teas, tinctures, extracts, creams lotions, salves and oils. The parts of the herb used includes leaves, bark, berries, roots, gums, seeds, stems and flowers. Your practitioner will help guide you on what herb form is best to use for your condition.
Guidelines For Herbal Cures
Before Using Any Herbal Remedy, it is important to use the following
- NEVER self-diagnose. Be sure you have received a diagnosis from a doctor before seeking alternative care. Proper medical care is critical to good health.
- Work with your doctor. If you are currently on medication, you must work with your doctor before discontinuing any drug or starting any herbal treatment. Make sure your doctor knows about any herbal supplements you are taking. There could be possible interactions with other treatments you are receiving.
- If you’re pregnant (or trying to get pregnant) or breast-feeding, avoid herbal remedies. Substances in these remedies may pass to your baby.
- Do not be fooled by the word “natural”. Natural does not always mean safe. Herbs are natural substances, but that does not mean that they can be used indiscriminately. They are natures medicine, and should be treated that way. Many perfectly natural plants are highly toxic and poisonous. Before trying any herbal remedy, be sure that you know what it does, how to use it, and the possible side effects. Never exceed the recommended dose.
- Keep in mind. Many herbs are effective on their own, but some work even better if they are part of a comprehensive treatment plan focusing on diet and lifestyle changes as well
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