An Introduction to Homeopathy:
Herbalism: Herbs as Medicine
About herbal medicine
Herbal medicine is the use of plant and herb extracts for their therapeutic value. Most plants contain and produce chemical substances that aid in healing and other physical treatments.
History of Herbs
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare and constitutes a key role in the development of modern medicine as we know it today. Back when technology was still unheard of, primitive men utilized the vast flora around them to the fullest extent, observing both plant and animal life and their components, eventually giving birth to herbal medicine.
How do Herbs Work?
For most herbs, the specific ingredient that causes a therapeutic effect is not known. Whole herbs contain many ingredients, and it is likely that they work together to produce the desired medicinal effect. Many factors affect how effective an herb will be. For example, the type of environment (climate, bugs, soil quality) in which a plant grew will affect its components, as will how and when it was harvested and processed.
A Holistic Approach
Herbal medicine is, first and foremost, holistic. It aims to address not just a particular symptom, but also to help the whole body rejuvenated strengthen itself. And while there is no scientific evidence that all herbal medicines claiming to have healing powers are actually effective, the number the herbal medicines that have been placed under clinical testing have proved their worth.
Why Herbal Medicines are not so popular?
Considering the very long traditional use of herbal medicines and the large body of evidence of their effectiveness, why is it that we are not generally encouraged to use traditional herbal medicine, instead of synthetic, incomplete copies of herbs, called drugs, considering the millions of dollars being spent looking for these seemingly elusive substances?
Ask yourself, which would I choose - Side effects, or no site effects? - It's a very simple answer. Isn't it?
So why then are herbal medicines not used more commonly and why do we have pharmaceutical impostors stuffed down our throats? The answer is, that there's little or no money in herbs for the pharmaceutical companies. They, the herbs, have already been invented, they grow easily, they multiply readily and for the most part, they're freely available.
Further more, correctly prescribed and formulated herbal compounds generally resolve the health problem of the patient over a period of time, leaving no requirement to keep taking the preparation - that means no repeat salesâ¬Â¦ no ongoing prescriptionsâ¬Â¦ no ongoing problem.
At the end we can say that humankind has always used plants to ease its pains. Over thousands of years, our ancestors discovered which plants were medicinally beneficial and which were highly toxic, and courtesy to them, we can now enjoy the benefits of herbal medicines.