Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Up to the eighteenth century, herbal medicine was the usual form of medical treatment. Even nearly 20% of all medicines that are prescribed are plant based. Primitive tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant's healing properties that are thousands of years old. Egyptians, the ancient Greeks, and Romans were using herbal medicines, and of course the Chinese. Today, herbal medicine is spread, world wide and there are many professional herbalist clinics. Herbal medicine can benefit people suffering from many kinds of illnesses including arthritis, migraine and skin disorders. These herbal remedies usually take a longer time to work as they are less concentrated than conventional drugs.
Herbs help enhance the body's own healing powers. Some herbs assist in pain relief, like Boswellia, Capsaicin, Tumeric, Devils Claw and Feverfew Leaves. Peppermint, Chamomile, Ginger, Licorice Root and Milk Thistle aid the digestion. For boosting the immunity, Echinacea, Astragalus, Maitake, Shiitake and Reishi Mushrooms are used. Tea Tree oil, oil of Oregano and Goldenseal are used for wounds and infection. For heart health, you can use Garlic, Hawthorn Flower Extract and Red Yeast Rice, and for the circulation, Ginkgo Biloba, Butchers Broom, Horse Chestnut and Gotu Kola.
Ginkgo Biloba and Gotu Kola are said to improve memory, while for your mood, use St johns Wort, Valerian and Kava. Cranberry and Uva-ursi is used for bladder infections. If you drink tea often you may have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Green tea has a high level of antioxidant called EGCG. Some scientists say this is a potent anti cancer compound. Green tea leaves are not fermented like the black teas so all of the antioxidants are preserved. You can get the capsules if you don't like to drink green tea.