Herbalism Revolution

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What is herbalism?

Herbalism is also known as herbal medicine, phytotherapy, or botanical medicine. It has existed before prehistoric times and it is one of the major reasons we are still alive today. During history, cultures and nations learned to use local medicinal plants to cope with illness threats. The accumulated knowledge of herbal medicine finally evolves into herbalism. From a modern point of view, herbalism is not only knowledge of dealing with illnesses using natural herbs, but also a reflection of the local culture and philosophy.

Medicinal herbs are plants that have therapeutic properties for different diseases. They are also used to maintain human and animal health levels. The biggest advantage of herbs is that they constitute a 100% natural treatment. Herbs are a key element in traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, physiotherapy, naturopath and more. Herbal plants can be added to drinks (such as tea extracts) or foods. It can also be consumed in the form of powders, extracts, etc.

It is essential to seek guidance from a real herbalist before using herbal medicine. Some medicinal plants can carry different side effects, or even be poisonous or toxic in specific forms or taken above the normal dose.

What is the history of herbal medicine?

People have used herbal medicine worldwide since prehistoric times. For example, herbal medicine was found in the luggage of a man whom died 5,300 years ago and his body remained frozen in the Alps. There is also a belief that people have used and still use many of the spices in the food to reduce the threat posed by bacteria in the food (pathogens). Moreover, there are theories that even animals have developed a tendency to look for parts of the plants to help them treat various ailments.

In non-industrial societies herbalism is considered a matter of routine and sometimes inevitable. The world health organization estimates that 80% of the world population currently use herbal medicine as their first method of treatment. It is possible that one of the reasons for this is that the drugs are expensive and herbs are relatively cheap since it can be grown from seeds and collected in the wild or bought cheaply.

Herbs also penetrated in medicine. Today, microbiology scientists, botanists, and many chemists researchers developed medicines that contain natural herbs. According to the world health organization, about 25% of modern drugs used in the United States already contain herbal plants.

Some medicinal plants and their uses

1. Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the most best-selling medicinal plants in the United States today. Echinacea is a continued culture of American Indians traditional medicine. Echinacea helps prevent flu and treat wounds. Also, it is believed to have a beneficial effect on inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, cancer and more.

2. Dandelion

Dandelion grows up in Asia, and it is used in herbal medicine for the liver and the digestive system cleansing. The plant has the ability to increase the secretion of bile. It can also help in reducing blood sugar due to stimulating the cells in the pancreas. As the liver is the organ which drains most of the toxins in the body, cleansing can give a sense of power and comfort, and the use of dandelion increases internal peace and the ability to focus.

3. Urtica

Urtica herb helps to clean the body and improve the treatment of intestinal infections, irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease, urinary tract infections and kidney problems.

4. Green Tea

Green tea contains substances called catechins, which is one of the best sources of natural antioxidants. Green tea helps prevent mutations in cells that could become cancerous. It is also known as a stimulant and tonic drink.

5. Turmeric

Tumeric has been used in Southeast Asia as herbal medicine as well as food. Turmeric contains Korcomin which is anti-inflammatory and purifies the liver from toxins. It is an anti - antioxidants that deal with free radicals and enhance the flow of bile. It helps to lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and prevents cancer.

Traditional Chinese Medicine 

When discussing herbalism, we must recall traditional Chinese medicine. Herbalism in China is more of a culture and the first choice for treatment. For example, most of the recipes given to patients by Chinese doctors usually include a combination of herbs that are suitable based on the patient's needs. The greatest wisdom of Chinese doctors is to figure out how to combine various herbs and also find out which components are necessary to eliminate the side effects of a particular herb or vice versa - to increase the plant activity.

The combination of various herbs requires experience and knowledge, and that knowledge is the divide between the Chinese doctors and the good doctor hobbyist. Traditional Chinese medicine  includes components from all parts of medicinal plants such as leaves, stems, flower, root and more. In addition, Chinese medicine uses heavily herbs that grow in the sea.

Herbs of Middle East region

1. Milk thistle

Milk thistle grows in the Middle East region and it's famous since the days of ancient Greece. This herb works on the liver and gallbladder system and improves the function of the liver, kidney and spleen. It helps to clean the body of toxins, the treatment of the digestive system, lowering blood pressure and reduces fat levels in the blood. It's an important antioxidant, used to treat the side effects experienced by chemotherapy patients.

2. Alabaster

 A height of 50 cm, upright branches, covered with white hair, and is considered as a remedy for colds, rheumatism, indigestion, and as a means effective against contaminated open wounds and eye infections, respiratory problems, worms in the stomach, anemia and heart disease.

3. Mint

Popular distinctive herb and has a fragrant smell. A height of 50-100 cm. This plant is known in folk medicine as a stimulant and antiseptic. Mint is useful for strengthening the gums, to get rid of gas, stomach pain relief, sexual enhancement, inhibition of cancer, also relieves headaches and joint pain, and medication is against eye inflammation, cough, nausea, weakness, and fatigue.

Herbal treatment for diabetes

Diabetes causes major damage to the body, especially to the walls of blood vessels, so it is very important to protect the blood vessels, as well as it is recommended to use vitamins and substances of different anti-oxidant and various herbs. Here are some herbal plants that are appropriate for patients with diabetes:

1. Noni (Morinda Foliformis):

This herb increases the level of serotonin which is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, which balances fats and sugars in the blood. It can be consumed as a juice to drink or powder and capsules.

2. Gymnema (Gymnema, a herb of Indian medicine)

Gymnema herb increases the sensitivity of the cell membrane of the insulin and also used as a cure for diabetes.

3. Alguetad (Astragalus, leguminous)

According to traditional Chinese medicine, this plant boosts the energy levels, enhances the immune system, helping to lower blood sugar levels.

Alternative medicine to treat Cholesterol

There are herbs used as an alternative medicine that are very good for lowering high cholesterol levels. One of the herbs that is currently being researched heavily is Alcolmvera Mukul (COMIPHORA MUKUL). Proved that it could in fact, lower the level of cholesterol. The effective ingredient in the herb called Jojoulibad. In addition, there are other medicinal herbs effective for lowering cholesterol such as artichoke (CYNARA) and Ganoderma (GANODERMA).

That's it
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Information listed above has been reviewed medically and the main purpose of it is to increase the cultural awareness of herbalism and natural treatment. With that being said; it is not a substitute for consulting with a specialist doctor as the only guide for an accurate individual analysis. To learn more about our sources that the above content was excerpted from please (click here).

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