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Commonly Used Healing Herbs

By on March 1, 2013

The foundation of optimum self-health care and healing encompasses the traditional crisis intervention medicine along with the healing systems of China, India, Native Indians and other societies. This offers the public a new and exciting self-care health and healing reality.

Naturopathic medicine uses many approaches to focus on the most powerful healing source, your body’s own wisdom to heal itself, by addressing the underlying causes of disease. One of the major modalities used is herbal medicine, which is known as phytotherapy. This therapy uses substances from plants which is made from the leaves, roots, seeds or stems of medicinal plants to treat illness. In the early 1800’s there was a new era in pharmacotherapeutics, whereby the active components of medicinal plants were extracted and then their structure were disclosed. The active ingredients are known as phytopharmaceuticals because of their beneficial physiological effects.  

The following lists specific herbs which are indicated for particular problems, such as, infections, difficulty in sleeping, nervousness, digestive disturbances, poor memory and stress. Many of the medicines used today are derived directly from plants, however, their active ingredients are purified and their medicinal effects are magnified.  As a result of the potential side effects of medications, the public is looking and seeking out alternatives for their health concerns.  The new model of self-health care and healing integrates the best of all models with a primary focus on prevention and healing by using less intrusive approaches.  
    Growing interest from the public and health care practitioners is leading to more research into the potentially safer and more effective herbal remedies. In terms of prevention, naturopathic treatments and medicinal herbs use a more integrated approach that values the mind, body, soul. They can be integrated with Western Medicine, thereby, offering the opportunity for a longer and better quality of life to attain and maintain optimum wellness.

Echinacea
Traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and to help relieve sore throats. 

Valerian
Helps to promote sleep / used as a sleep aid.

Chamomile
Traditionally used in herbal medicine as a calmative and/or sleep aid.

Ginger
Traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve digestive upset/disturbances (carminative).

Ginkgo Biloba
Helps to enhance memory in adults.

Ginseng, American
Traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve nervous dyspepsia and to help digestion in cases of nervousness and/or stress.

Milk Thistle
Used in herbal medicine to help support liver function and help relieve digestive disturbances/dyspepsia.

Green Tea
To help in weight management when used with a program of reduced intake of dietary calories and increased physical activity.

Aloe Vera
Traditionally used in herbal medicine – stimulant laxative.

Arnica
Helps relieve pain and/or inflammation in muscles and joints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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