Healing Plants and Herbs in Medicine
Almost any condition – including cancer – can be relieved by using healing plants and herbs. The derivatives of the plants and herbs (such as berries, leaves, bark, flowers and seeds) are also used to treat some medical conditions.
As herbalism becomes more accepted in our mainstream communities, we’re learning more about its healing powers. Improvements are being made in quality of the plant and herbs sold in stores and online and clinical research is also touting the benefits of using healing plants and herbal medicines in both the prevention and treatment of some diseases.
In a recent study conducted by the World Health organization, it was estimated that roughly 80% of people the world over make regular use of herbal medicines for at least part of their health care regime.
It’s highly understandable that people would be turning to herbalism since the cost of prescription drugs continues to increase worldwide. As people are learning more about healing plants and herbs and how to use them – thanks to easy access to the Internet – the interest in growing these plants for their own benefit is also experiencing rapid growth.
Some conditions that are increasingly being treated by the use of healing plants and herbs are:
• Asthma – A respiratory condition that can be triggered by allergens such as mold or pollen, food additives and preservatives and coloring used in food, strenuous exercise and stress. A few natural remedies that have been found effective in treating asthma are flaxseed oil, Ma Huang, coleus, licorice and lobelia.
• Eczema – Skin condition where patches of skin become inflamed and scaly, sometimes causing blisters and itching when irritated. Natural, herbal remedies that may help alleviate the symptoms of eczema are aloe vera, coconut oil, comfrey leaf, yarrow flowers and Echinacea root.
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome – A severe condition that seems to be triggered by psychosomatic reactions to stress. The symptoms are bloating, constipation, diarrhea and cramps. You may be able to help your irritable bowel symptoms by drinking a daily cup or so of peppermint or ginger tea. Another ‘natural’ way to alleviate the symptoms is to get into a regular habit of exercising to release natural, pain-relieving endorphins.
• Cancer – Herbal remedies for cancer treatments are being studied and the jury is still out on their effectiveness, but there are many herbal concoctions that can help prevent and alleviate the pain and other results that some modern cancer procedures can cause. Astragulus is an herb that can be helpful for immune system problems that chemotherapy and radiation cause. Enchinacea (also known as Purple Coneflower) is antibacterial, antiviral and can also be used for healing wounds.
• Arthritis – Types of arthritis include the crippling Rheumatoid arthritis and it can be a painful and cause swelling because of the inflammation. More people than ever are seeking alternative medicines to reduce pain and swelling of the disease. Aloe vera used topically, Boswilla and Cat’s Claw for their anti-inflammatory properties and eucalyptus leaves for pain are just a few of the healing plants and herbs commonly used for symptoms of arthritis.
Final Word of Caution
Before taking any herbal concoction for a medical condition, you should meet with your health care provider. Some of the healing plants and herbs may interact with medications you may be taking for other conditions, so doing your initial research is extremely important.