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Commonly Used Healing Herbs
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.
Traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and to help relieve sore throats.
Helps to promote sleep / used as a sleep aid.
Traditionally used in herbal medicine as a calmative and/or sleep aid.
Traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve digestive upset/disturbances (carminative).
Helps to enhance memory in adults.
Traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve nervous dyspepsia and to help digestion in cases of nervousness and/or stress.
Used in herbal medicine to help support liver function and help relieve digestive disturbances/dyspepsia.
To help in weight management when used with a program of reduced intake of dietary calories and increased physical activity.
Traditionally used in herbal medicine – stimulant laxative.
Helps relieve pain and/or inflammation in muscles and joints.