Natural Remedies are essentially Herbal medicines having origins in ancient cultures. Many herbal remedies have been used in eastern cultures for centuries. It involves using plants for medicinal use to treat disease and enhance general health, emotional and physical well-being. In this post – What are natural remedies? I shall provide a brief overview.
Being plant based herbal medicines are safe to consume if taken with care. As some herbs have potent ingredients and should only be taken with the same level of caution as pharmaceutical medications. What you might find is that many general medications available from your pharmacy are based on synthetic versions of naturally occurring compounds found in plants. An example, is the foxglove plant used in heart drug digitalis.
Do natural remedies really work?
It depends on what medical or otherwise condition you are trying to treat, the type of natural remedy you take and if you take the right amounts of it for a long enough duration to see benefits.
For example, if you have an infection, and your Doctor prescribes Antibiotics. The doctor may say, take these antibiotics 3 capsules 4 times a day. If deviate on the prescription or take less or not complete the course, then your infection may not get better. Do you blame the antibiotics for that? Probably not, much the same way Natural Herbal remedies behave in the same way.
Find out what condition you are trying to treat, determine the correct herbal remedy, find out what how much or how many tablets you should consume and how often. Stick to the prescription and God willing you will see change in your condition for the better.
Why people choose to use herbal remedies?
People choose to use herbal medicines because they are generally safer than synthetic pharmaceuticals, usually less expensive and mostly do not have side effects if consumed correctly.
However, this is not to say that herbal products are harmless because they are natural, if used without care and in excess amounts anything can cause serious adverse impact to your health, the same applies to herbal treatments.
5 Herbs that are used for Herbal remedies
The aim in using Herbal medication or natural remedies is to return the body to a state of natural balance, so that it can easily heal itself. Different herbs can act on different systems of the body, for example Echinacea is an herb – is used to stimulate the immune system as well as aid the body in fighting infection. Listed below are a sample of 5 such herbal remedies:
Ginkgo Biloba – is used to treat poor blood circulation, erectile dysfunction and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). It has been used for centuries to treat my conditions.
Ginseng – can be consumed as tea, capsule or tablet form and is used to treat weakness during an illness, used to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Overuse of ginseng has been associated with raised blood pressure, so be careful not to over indulge on Ginseng tea.
Dong Quai – used for menopause symptoms, period pain and premenstrual tension. Dong Quai can also be used to lower blood pressure.
Garlic – can be used to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood circulation by lowering levels of blood fats and cholesterol. The antibiotic and antiviral properties of garlic allow it be used to fight colds, sinusitis and other respiratory infections.
Ginger – Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, capsule or tablet form or as juice used in treating nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, thought to be responsible for much of its medicinal properties. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Natural Herbal remedies are generally safe to consume for treating many physical and emotional ailments. There are many herbs some of which have extremely powerful properties and have been used in cultures around the world for generations. That said you should not think that consuming herbs is completely safe without due care and consultation with a qualified herbalist.
- Do not self-diagnose any health conditions. Any medication (herbal or otherwise) should be taken under the supervision of a knowledgeable and qualified practitioner.
- Healthy lifestyle choices, including diet, supplemented with natural herbal remedies can reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke.
If you are on prescribed medication, do not stop them and consult your doctor before taking herbs of any kind. Also to note herbal remedies alone will not improve your condition, it needs to be combined with a healthy eating habit and regular exercise.