All you should learn about herbal medications
By Linda Moore
It was recently estimated that about 80% of the world's population regularly uses herbal remedies and natural treatments for various ailments and health conditions. Growing public dissatisfaction with modern health care approaches and numerous disadvantages of using pharmaceuticals (including their cost, numerous unwanted effects and over-the-counter availability) produced a new wave of interest to traditional medicine and herbal remedies.
A great number of herbs and plants have strong therapeutic effects, and the humanity has not discovered the majority of those yet. Natural materials we can receive from medicinal plants contain a great deal of various chemical elements and components, which can produce powerful curative effects when they work as a composition. However, the effectiveness of herbal materials depends on some factors, such as climate, soil quality and other environmental aspects of the locality where the herb was growing, as well as the factors connected with harvesting and processing.
Herbal medicine is capable of curing a huge number of diseases and health concerns, starting from arthritis and eczema and ending with menopausal symptoms and chronic fatigue. At that, modern herbalists have a tendency to using whole plant extracts and benefit from therapeutic effects of the formulas, created by our Mother Nature rather than use extracts. However, modern herbal supplements and pills contain a great number of herbal extracts and concentrates, which are biologically derived and considered to be effective when working together. Such herbal medicines act slower in comparison with pharmaceuticals, but they usually have much better effects in long-term perspective.
There is a popular idea that herbal remedies are 100% safe because they are all natural. However, it is not true, and the people who rely on herbal remedies (especially modern natural supplements and pills with complicated formulas and dozens of ingredients) should not neglect possible side effects. Herbal remedies are also medicines, and chemical components of theirs can cause allergies, digestion problems or other negative reactions in the body. That is why it is absolutely essential to avoid self-healing and use modern herbal remedies under control of experienced herbalists or other competent medical practitioners.
You can find a great variety of herbal remedies and treatments in our pharmacies and health care shops. Essential oils used for aromatherapy and herbal teas are, probably, the most popular and safest among them. Liquid extracts, tinctures and syrups are used for treating the symptoms of such ailments as colds, headaches, increase heart rate and anxiety, depression and many others. Also, there are a lot of natural supplements, capsules, pills and tablets, which contain only naturally extracted elements and are designed for combating almost all known health problems of our times.
© Linda Moore