Why try herbal therapy? Well the reason is simple. It is a means of
self-care and disease prevention techniques that allows the body to repair
itself naturally and inexpensively. With soaring health care costs it is
only natural for people in good health to turn to herbal remedies to help
themselves stay well.
For example, taking ginseng capsules may help people stay mentally alert
when they are coping with the stress of working too hard in today's hectic
society. Drinking a cup of lemon balm tea, a natural relaxant, can help to
relieve stress and calm a person. Bruises, swelling, sprains, cuts, colds,
fevers, minor burns, and rashes respond well to herbal treatments. There
are also effective herbal therapies for female problems, including
premenstrual syndrome, infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual
cramps, menopausal symptoms, and vaginal infections. Herbal remedies form
a strong first line in defense against colds, flus, and other infectious
diseases. Unlike antibiotics, herbs can be used to treat both bacterial
and viral infections. Other benefits of herbal therapy include:
- Where many "modern drugs" have lots of side effects, herbs provide
safer, gentler alternatives.
- Nonaddictive alternatives to some presciption medications (ie Valerian
is an effective alternative treatment for insomnia compared to sleeping
- Ginger in the use for treatment of motion sickness is a good alternative
to antihistamines, which can cause drowsiness, and to the scopolamine
patch, which can cause dry mouth.
- Herbal remedies sometimes work when Western modern medical treatments
fail. They have been used to treat urinary tract infections, digestive
problems, menstrual cramps, coughs, colds, skin rashes, allergies, chronic
fatigue and all kinds of immune system problems successfully.
- When it comes to treating serious illnesses such as heart disease,
cancer, and autoimmune disorders, many medical doctors are prescribing
herbal remedies to be used in conjunction with mainstream medical techniques.
- Herbs such as ginger, peppermint, papaya, and fennel can help reduce
nausea caused by chemotherapy. Irish moss can thin the blood, and hawthorn
berry, rosemary, and motherwort can improve circulation in people with
NOTE: When using herbs in the treatment of major health problems, you
should consult with a health professional.
Always remember HERBS ARE MEDICINES. As with any medication, you should
always know how to take the herbs, how frequently, and in what dosage. It
is good advice to ask health professionals who have an interest in herbal
therapy, naturopathic doctors and herbalists before beginning any form of
No matter what you do, you must be aware that just because it's natural
doesn't mean it's always safe. Most herbal remedies are, a few can be
quite dangerous, especially when used in combination with prescription or
over-the-counter drugs or when used by people with pre-existing health
problems. (FOR A LIST OF HERBS WITH POTENTIALLY HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS, SEE
NATURAL MEDICINE: HERBAL THERAPY PART 2--HAZARDOUS HERBS)
Herbs don't necessarily work quickly for chronic health problems. For some
long-term conditions, you may need to take an herbal remedy for at least
three months before you see results.
SOURCE: DRUG-FREE HEALING: Breakthough Remedies for Healing Yourself
Naturally, by the Editors of PREVENTION Magazine Health Books