Natural herbal medicine is a branch of the medical system that is built on the use of plant or plant extracts such as the berries, bark, leaves, roots or even flowers. The medicines can either be taken orally or applied on the skin. Herbal medicine has been used since time immemorial by different cultures such as the Indians, Chinese and Egyptians to treat diseases and assist in the functions of the body. In the modern times, different practitioners have advocated the use of herbs to treat a variety of medical conditions and also enhance the general well being and health of the body.
There is an increased use of this medication with more people trusting their effectiveness more and also because they are cheaper than conventional medicine. Some of the herbal medicines have the same ingredients just like the conventional drugs and will also perform the same function in the body. A conventional drug has undergone a lot of syntheses hence it has lost the impact of the active ingredients. For these medicines, the effect of the plant when it is whole, is much greater.
Natural herbal medicines come in the form of capsules, tablets, extracts, tinctures, syrups, oils and also teas. The syrups are from concentrated extracts and used for treating coughs and sore throats. The oils come from plants and are rubbed on the body, and the tinctures are made of active herbal ingredients and are concentrated extracts that are dissolved in liquid. The teas come from dried herbs, and they are left to soak or boil in hot water for a few minutes before taking.
The aim of natural medicines is to help the body return to its normal state so that the healing process can start. The different herbs that are around will work differently depending on the body system. Some practitioners will combine some herbs so as to bring out the desired healing effect.
Some of the conditions that herbal medicine treat include:
· Skin irritation, allergies, and inflammations
· Stomach upsets, indigestion, heartburn, and colic
· Bedsores, diabetic ulcers
· Respiratory conditions such as colds, sore throat, flu, cough, asthma and chest congestion
· Indigestion, motion sickness, morning sickness and nausea
· Reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and sugars.
· Sleeping problems
· Boost the immune systems and fight off fungal and staph infections
· Gynecological problems such as period pains, premenstrual tension, and menopausal symptoms.
Even if natural herbal medicines are safe to use and have fewer side effects than conventional medicine, it is important to take precaution before taking any. It is important not to self-diagnose yourself of any condition and also take herbal medicine without the prescription of a practitioner. Some of these medicines are mislabeled ad some are unregulated hence if the wrong herb or dosage is taken, it may lead to harmful effects in the body. You should also not stop taking your conventional so that you switch to herbal medicine drugs or even mix them together without the advice of a doctor. This is because some herbal medicine does react badly with the conventional medicines and cause allergic reactions in the body.