Medical Home Remedies ~ Kali’s Top 5 Healing Herbs

Perhaps you may have thought about ways to improve your health. If that’s the case, why not try your hand at a few medicinal herbs that you might have read so much about. They can be used in a variety of forms. Let me supply you with some of the most popular of the herbs. Not only have I included the herb and the growing conditions it likes best, but I’ve also included how it may improve your health as an herbal nutritional supplement.

Here’s my “top five list” of medicinal herbs for gardeners. Some are fairly common, some of them you may not have heard about unless you know your healing herbs — and a few may come as a complete surprise!

1. Nettles

The nettles plant family has been used for generations (and then some) as an effective aid against inflammation due to allergies, arthritis or even lupus. It has also been used successfully as a tonic for helping alleviate the symptoms of anemia. Nettles are very rich in iron and vitamin C so no wonder it’s so effective. Herbalists not only use the leaves of this plant, but they also have put the roots to good use by treating other symptoms as well. The plant is abundant in various antioxidants, as well as flavonoids — all health-giving properties that medicine is only now beginning to appreciate.

Nettles are a plant that “reseeds” itself, which is wonderful because you’ll have access to it all year round. They are very easy to grow. But be careful where you plant this herb. If not pruned back, this plant grows to over six feet, which means it may just squeeze out some other plants in your herb garden. If you begin your first season by growing nettles from seeds, be sure to germinate them for 10 to 14 days before you place them in soil. Keep the seeds at room temperature but start your planting in the spring. You will then have to transplant the seedlings to your outdoor herb garden area where they will receive full sun or perhaps just partial shade. Keep the plants at least eight inches from each other, preferably 12 inches apart.

When harvesting this plant for medicinal purposes, you’ll want to be sure that the ones you choose are “sticky.” This indicates the presence of resin, which is its active healing ingredient. Sometimes called stinging nettles, you’ll want to be sure to wear gloves when you harvest. Nettles can pack a good sting, but even though harmless, it still hurts. You’ll find that you can harvest nettles several times throughout the year, with gloves of course.

2. Calendula

This plant, with its bright flowers, is an important part of many medicinal herb gardens. You never heard of it? Ah, but I’m betting you have seen it. You probably call it a marigold. That’s right! It’s also called calendula and is one of the most versatile healing herbs available.

Starting with its striking orange bloom, which is used by many as a soothing skin wash, a tea or salve, Calendula is a staple in my own home herb garden. The overall gentle healing qualities of this plant makes it a great ingredient for — you guessed it — diaper salves as well as other baby-related skincare items due to it’s natural ingredients.

Calendula is also edible, so feel free to brighten up your next salad by garnishing it with the calendula/ marigold. Scientific studies show that calendula may actually help stimulate your immune system, and support and improved microcirculation – that’s the circulation of your blood right down to those tiny, little capillaries!

Calendula/marigolds are easy to grow from an herbs seed. Plant the seeds early in the spring and cover them lightly with about a quarter-inch of garden soil. Once the seedlings pop up, you’ll want to transplant them so they are about 15 inches apart from one another. You’ll discover that they germinate early as well as grow quite quickly.You’ll be pleasantly surprised that they produce their very first blooms by mid-summer. The best part of this wonderful plant is that it reseeds itself. Once you’ve planted them the first time, they will grow for years as long as you don’t disturb them.

Calendula love rich, well-drained soil. They are hardy and can live in just about any type of soil. While they might sound like the perfect herb – or a gorgeous flower, with many healing qualities and a hardiness to survive in just about any terrain — the plant does have one drawback–they attract insects.

Aphids seem especially fond of calendula. But don’t let that discourage you. Simply wash the calendula with an insecticidal soap or place the calendula next to a companion herb that repels aphids. Always make sure that before you bring them indoors, inspect them thoroughly for the presence of insects.

3. Burdock

You may be hard pressed to find this herb in most gardens, but including it in yours will make your backyard herb garden all that much more distinctive. Sometimes burdock is referred to as gobo, but if you haven’t heard it as either name, I’m not really surprised. Though not native to this country, burdock grows freely in many areas. It was brought over by the original settlers during early colonial times.

Burdock tea, moreover, is beneficial for your gastrointestinal tract. Many have even used it to boost a slacking appetite. The tea has additionally been known to help restore liver function in alcoholics.

Most people start burdock from an herbs seed. Start planting in the early spring — the earlier the better in fact. Cover the seeds with one half to one-quarter inch of fine garden soil or seed starting soil. If the soil seems dry when you plant, then you’ll want to water it as well. The seeds germinate quickly, so you should notice some sprouts in about four to seven days. Take the seedlings and thin them until they’re about three inches apart. Replant them in rows separated by at least two feet. This plant prefers the full sun, but is hardy enough to tolerate some shade.

If you’re considering growing burdock, then you also need to consider the soil in which you place it. This plant needs a rich well-drained soil. The soil itself should be loose and definitely free from rocks and stones. And that’s not just on the surface. Be sure that the area below this plant, at least several feet in depth, is rock-free. This allows the burdock’s root to take hold securely. It does possess a big, strong root. And yes, you can eat this herb too. Pick the leaves when they are quite tender, then cook them just like you would spinach.

If you’re planning on using the burdock root for medicinal purposes, then you’ll have to wait for a while. They take a good long time to grow. Some herbalists say you need to wait about 100 days. Don’t pick the roots before they’re at least two feet long. Then you simply peel them. You can either eat the root raw or cook it. Many people use the root in soups, salads and even in stir-fry dinners.

4. Chamomile

This is perhaps one of the best known of all the healing herbs, thanks to the commercialization, marketing and popularity of chamomile tea. You may have already drank this tea prior to going to sleep at night, or when your nerves seem agitated. The plant is best known for its calming effects on the human body.More recently, scientific studies from England are discovering additional healing powers on this already beloved plant. Drinking chamomile tea may do more than just make you sleepy, it could also boost your immune system, making you more resistant to colds, flu as well as other infections.

Did you realize that you can actually grow this fascinating herb and make your own tea? Use the flowers to brew tea. You can also add the flowers to other kinds of tea to make a more light and refreshing blend. Serve the tea hot or cold, or be imaginative and serve this mixture in a punch.

This herb is easy to grow from an herbs seed. It loves the full sun and does well in average soil — but really thrives in a rich environment. You’ll want to plant your seeds in the spring. Once they grow into seedlings, thin them 15 to 18 inches apart from each other. They require very little care. When harvesting this herb, you’ll want to wait until the flowers reach their peak bloom. For remedies, you can use the plant either fresh or dried. Drying the flowers is quite easy by the way. Simply spread them out in a cool and well-ventilated place. That’s all you need to do!

5. Echinacea

This healing herb definitely deserves a chance in any medicinal herb gardens. You have no doubt heard about the wonderful properties of this plant. Echinacea has been noted for the last several years as a powerful booster to your immune system. Herbalists also use this plant for respiratory infections. In Europe, it’s not unusual for medicinal doctors to prescribe Echinacea to their patients for a variety of remedies.

Many individuals take this herb in capsule or tablet form as a natural dietary supplement, especially during the winter months to avoid contracting a cold or flu. Enchinacea is found in many herbal cold remedies. Instead of getting a flu shot towards the winter months (boy do I had shots), I take a daily supplement of chamomile and echinacea to boost my immune system. It’s all natural and better for the body.

This plant, with its large, bright flower is also known as the purple coneflower. There are three distinct varieties of Echinacea: Echinacea pallid, Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pupuea. All three have similar medicinal effects.

You might think with all these wonderfully effective health benefits, Echinacea would be nearly impossible to grow (aren’t we conditioned to believe there’s a catch behind every good thing?). Well nothing could be further from the truth. It’s actually quite simple to grow. One of the most amazing aspects of the herbs success is their tolerance for dry conditions. You can actually grow this amazing plant from an herbs seed with very little trouble. Plant the seeds when your soil reaches between 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the spring.

You needn’t do anything more initially than sow the seeds on the surface. Within 10 to 20 days, you should notice the seeds germinating. Once this happens, then you’ll want to cover them with about one-eighth of an inch of soil. Additionally, when they reach the seedling stage, you’ll want to thin the plants so they’re about 18 to 24 inches apart.

This plant prefers shade rather than full sun. You may also want to test your soil’s pH balance before planting your seeds. This plant prefers neutral soil, with a rating of six to eight. Echinacea blooms from June to October. And oh yes, they attract the most beautiful of butterflies! Even if you don’t use the plant for health reasons, its presence in your garden lifts your spirit when you’re able to watch the butterflies hovering around!

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Herbal Diet Supplements

Herbal dietary supplements contain natural herbs. They are formally known as a botanical herb. Botanical herbs are a plant or plant part/extract, which in turn is then used for its scent (Botanical), flavor (Culinary), and therapeutic (Medicinal) properties.

Dietary herbal supplements are derived from herbs consisting of more than one type of herb. The purpose of an herbal dietary supplement is to enhance the overall benefits that you would normally not get from your everyday diet. Herbal dietary supplements are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and so many more nutrients. It is important to understand that herbal dietary supplements are not meant to be used as treatments or cures for any specific disease or medical condition. They are more effective as a preventative measure that will help strengthen the body and the immune system to naturally ward off any infections or internal malfunctions that may present it self in the future. For people who do not maintain a balanced diet, herbal dietary supplements are meant to enhance the overall necessary nutrients that might be otherwise lacking from a properly balanced diet. However, many herbal dietary supplements have been known to provide substantial aid for different types of medical conditions. Just as a pregnant woman needs prenatal vitamins, to stimulate growth…So shall we need extra nutrients to stimulate our pre-eldership/internal growth as well.

Some examples of herbal dietary supplements are:

Ephedra: This supplement increases the body’s resistance towards the common cold. It helps in the treatment of asthma and upper respiratory problems. For people who work out regularly, Ephedra is an important ingredient in most fat loss supplements.

Magnesium: Minerals and salts are the two biggest deficiencies in an unbalanced diet. Magnesium is essential in preventing kidney, thyroid, and heart disease. There are many herbal dietary supplements rich in magnesium.

St. John’s Wort: It is also known as hypericum, Klamath weed, and goat weed. These are supplements used for centuries for the treatment of mental disorders and nerve pain. In older times it was also used as a sedative and a malaria cure. Nowadays, the common use is for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and sleep depravation. It is typically consumed as a tea or in pill form. Basically it is used as a relaxant, to help get your mind in order.

Vitamin E: One very potent anti-oxidant is vitamin E. Herbal dietary supplements rich in vitamin E are great anti-oxidants.An uncontrolled oxidation in our body can result in long-term damage. However, that is why our bodies generate antioxidants. If the production of anti-oxidants falls below safe levels then external supplements are required, such as vitamin E.

Copper: While metals and minerals are essential to the normal functioning of our body, sometimes they can fail to get absorbed properly. Copper is a great absorption mineral for bone structure.

Zinc: Is essential for our bodies and there is nothing better than a copper-zink rich herbal dietary supplement. Copper supplements increase the absorption of zinc. The result is a better protection against heart disease, and produces healthier skin and hair color. If you look at your fingernails and notice white spots, you are deprived of Zink and a Copper supplement. The older we get, the more copper/zink we need for our graying hair follicles.

Folate: From a certain viewpoint, folate is required more than anything else due to our DNA structure. Folate is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells (especially during pregnancy and infancy). DNA replication cannot take place without folates. Folates also prevent cancer causing DNA changes. Folate deficiency affects the bone marrow where most new cells are produced. Folates are needed to make new red blood cells and prevent anemia. As you may see, any deficiency in folates can be devastating in the end. One of the earliest indications of folate deficiency is anemia. Herbal diet supplements that have folates as major ingredients are extremely important for you, even if you do not have any existing conditions.

Iron: In the human body, the metal iron is more pervasive than any other material. It plays an important role in several vital functions. Iron carries oxygen to the lungs and muscles in the form of hemoglobin. It acts as a means to transport electrons between cells. It is a catalyst for enzyme reactions in tissues. Iron deficiency most commonly occurs in children and pre-natal or menopausal women. It can commonly prove to be fatal if left unchecked. Herbal diet supplements rich in iron can help to combat such a situation.

Vitamin B6 and B12: Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) deficiency can lead to anemia, depression, dermatitis, and high blood pressure. Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) deficiency can lead to anemia, memory loss, and cognitive failure. It is most likely to occur among the elderly. In extreme cases it can even cause paralysis. It is widely used in the treatment of alcoholism, depression, diabetes, hair loss, and stress. Vegans are especially at risk of B12 deficiency because vitamin B12 naturally occurs only in meats. So if you are a vegan than an herbal dietary supplement with vitamins B6 and B12 is an absolute must have.

Tea: Most herbal teas (and especially Medicinal Strength Teas) involve the use of herbs that have anti-oxidant ingredients that are useful in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Since these teas usually do not include caffeine or any other associated chemicals they are a better form from a natural health perspective than regular black tea or coffee.

Vitamin D: The human body (especially skin) develops its own vitamin D. However, it is necessary to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorous. A direct result of vitamin D deficiency is a weaker bone structure, a condition known as osteoporosis where the bones become porous and therefore break easily. Vitamin D herbal supplements can help prevent osteoporosis.Vitamin D enhances Calcium to work properly.Do not take calcium without taking a vitamin D supplement. Selenium: This is a chemical so volatile that it does not occur in its natural form in nature. It’s toxic state is in large amounts. However, trace amounts of its form will create the center of some enzymes that are vital to the normal working of all cells in nearly all living organisms. In the human body it behaves as an anti-oxidant and it is also important for the normal working of the thyroid gland. Cereals, meat, fish, and eggs are good sources of selenium. Since the majority of sources are animal based, vegans and vegetarians should seriously consider herbal dietary supplements containing selenium.

Vitamin A: This vitamin is responsible for maintaining good eyesight and promoting bone development. It is also an important antioxidant. Most skin and eye problems are related to vitamin A deficiency so if you have any such conditions, consider an herbal diet supplement rich in vitamin A.

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Different Types of Herbal Medicine

There are many important and positive aspects regarding herbal medicine therapies and it has been a long-standing debate in the “scientific world ” . Unfortunately, the lack of adequate scientific evidence means that there is no way a doctor can completely take responsibility for, and therefore, will not prescribe, a dosage that requires a different direction associated with the safety factor involved in taking herbal medicines.

Herbal Medicine is under the microscope and therefore, becomes a matter of question. The fabricated products or drugs that we normally take, prescribed or over-the-counter, have to undergo thorough research, testing and do require FDA approval. The entire process will ensure that every single chemical in the specific process along with its interaction with the human body (and resulting side effects) are well understood, documented, and scientifically calculated as evidence.

While herbal medicines enjoy the reputation of being less complicated, it should be remembered that Mother Nature manufactures them and she does not need FDA approval or scientific testing. Fortunately, thousands of years of historical evidence has placed herbal medicines into a certain criteria, or safety zone, that has helped many a fortunate individual with a cure from their diagnosed ailments.

Some common forms of herbal medicines are as follows:

Essence of …..what? :

You have probably come across the line ” essence of… ” followed by some plant or flower when reading an ad for a cosmetic product. While Essences tend to get associated with cosmetic products due to massive advertising of those products, certain essential oils are always available for therapeutic purposes. The popularity of essential herbal oils processed through cold pressing or steam distillation is because many people prefer to get massage therapy rather than taking a pill. The most common benefit of essential oils is the help they provide in relaxation. They do not really cure any problems. Their major effect is to provide instant relief.

Body Massages: Can release toxins in the muscles, aiding relaxation. See above.

Head Massages: Head massages can likewise reduce heaviness or, in some cases, cure headaches. Instantly yes, a prolonged cure, no. Similarly, chest massages using essence of certain herbs can help with decongestion, which may result from a common cold. Once again, instant therapy, yes, permanent solution, no! Constant, continuous symptions of a particular ailment does require immediate care by a physician. Always remember, alternative herbal medicine is meant as a ” preventive medicine ” in the long run.

Pills or Caplets: There was a time when this alternative was not available. It was a dark time for the people who could not stand the taste of raw herbal medicines. The pills and capsules were a godsend for people who wanted to try herbal remedies but were unable to swallow. In order to convert an herb to pill form it first would need to be dried and crushed into powder. What’s of interest is that there are hardly any herbal medicines available in pill or capsule form that target specific ailments today. Why? Because they act more like secondary medications to provide moral support to whatever primary medication is being taken. Professionals in herbal medicine believe that the drying and crushing of the herbs, will actually rob them of their potency.

Others suggest that herbal medicine should be taken in its raw form for complete effectiveness. Anyway, if you are looking for specific herbal medicines instead of general health enhancers and supplements then these options may be for you.

Infusion:  The most popular form of herbal infusion is the drinking of various kinds of tea. Infusion involves the use of the delicate parts (leaves, seeds, and fruits) of a herbal plant and are quick to administer. Some ingredients of infusion tea could be stinging nettle, oat straw, red clover, raspberry leaf, and comfrey leaf. Infusions can be just the tea you drink normally (but using herbs instead of tealeaves) or what is known as Medicinal Strength Tea. Most herbal teas fall into this category though the preparation is slightly different. There are several recipes available for making Medicinal Strength Tea. Please see my eBook on Herbal Tea Remedies.

Poultice: For injuries, inflammations, cramps, or other spasmodic problems it may become necessary to apply a herbal mixture to the infected area as a poultice. The required herbs are first macerated or chopped into small pieces. They are then applied directly to the affected area and covered with a hot and moist bandage. In some cases, the herbal mixture can be applied as a layer to the moist bandage before wrapping it around the affected area.

Raw: As the name suggests, in this case the herbal medicine is taken in its most natural form without any additives or changes to make it palatable. Most people will run a mile in tight shoes/shorts to avoid this form of medication. It is the equivalent of taking a regular capsule, pulling it open, taking that powder, putting it on the tongue and trying to suck on it as if it were chocolate. Ya, Right!, well at least not if the taste buds are functioning normally. No wonder this method is so unpopular. The good news is that most of the herbs that need to be taken raw can alternatively be soaked (or passed through) water to make medicinal strength teas, and those are much easier on sensitive palates. It is also believed that teas increase the effectiveness of raw herbs.

Tinctures: There are very few kids who did not get exposed to this form of medicine. Remember getting a cut and having your mother put that ” iodine ” mixture on the wound? About twenty odd years ago no kid that got into a scrap in the field or playground escaped the terror of a tincture. It was basically a herbal medicine in a liquid form. They were made for external as well as for internal use. Modern incarnations are a lot milder than their older predecessor forms, especially when it came to the ” sting ” .(Oh ya!…Mama waved her hand at first and then blew on the wound for it to dry faster…you remember.)

Decoction: A decoction is a liquid preparation made by boiling a medicinal plant with water usually in the proportion of 5 parts of the drug to 100 parts of water. Typically, certain specific parts of a plant like berries, roots, and herb-bark are used in this process. Depending upon the consistency of the plant part being used, it can take up to two hours to prepare a decoction. This process extracts the flavor and increases the concentration of the herb through the process of boiling.

That more or less covers the different types of herbal medicines available. Depending upon your requirement and personal taste, you might need to take them in one or more of the forms above.

In conclusion, herbal medicines might be risky but there is no need to worry if you are taking precautions or by consulting your physician before ever considering consuming any herbal concoction. Doctors are sort of walking pharmacopoeias and they supposedly know more about all those chemicals and reactions. They can advise you appropriately. Most importantly–Do your homework! An important concept to remember is the fact that with herbal medicine, different cultures have resulted in different types of herbal therapies. It’s all in the genes, so do your homework wisely before ingesting!

Finally, thanks to the Internet and online marketing there is no shortage of deceptive selling of roots and leaves grown in fraudulent backyards. Make certain that when you do purchase herbal medicine remedies that the ingredients have come from genuine herbs and sources. The wrong herbs might possibly contain toxic chemicals that may require making a trip to the hospital, inevitable.

Better yet, grow your own herbs in your very own backyard….it economical, reassuring, and most importantly, Safe!

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Alternative Medicine History

The use of alternative and holistic medicine can be traced back to ancient times. The lack of modern medical technology has made our ancestors improve their healing arts by making use of nature’s gifts. Even today, current medical discoveries are mostly based upon the findings and the extract oil from plants by early civilization, improving it to become useful for today’s natural herbal healing.

Where It All Began

Natural holistic healing started out as trial and error. Application looms largely by the practice rather than the actual research; though the latter came sometime later when medical practices started its evolution.

The basic application of herbal medicine involves disinfecting wounds or used as a poultice. Later discovery on the method involved pounding leaves and roots to paste for directly administering it to patients. It later evolved into combination with other potent medicine to improve its effects, and was even later introduced to meals and normal human diet to promote better health and improve physical, emotional, and mental recovery.

Variation Of Use

The use of herbal medicine varies according to the customs, traditions, and beliefs of the different races. Medical practitioners of the Orient tends to use herbal components in all aspect of their daily lifestyle — integrating them into a person’s daily diet to promote healing and longevity, as well as improving their normal rejuvenation capabilities.

Oriental medical practitioners are also known to use herbal products alongside energy therapy, like Qi Gong and Reiki. Energies provided by an experienced practitioner of the arts stimulate the healing process from the outside, while nutrients and extract from herbal components works its function on the inside to achieve total body rejuvenation.

North American’s use of herbal medicine varies; aside from its basic use to treat wounds and cure minor ailments, these natural components are also utilized in tribal ceremonies and customs – to drive away evil spirits, blessing during weddings and celebrations, and so on. Some of these healing traditions involving herbal components are carried on even today.

Uses Of Herbal Medicine

Alternative herbal medicine has many uses today. Aside from being utilized for physical ailments — like sore throat, fever, flu, diarrhea — herbal concoction are now being used to address emotional and mental problems.

Certain plants have the capability to help a person relax to cope with their emotional and mental problems. Peppermint, for example, is known to have a minty quality that can cool a person’s temper or help a person relax during stressful times.

Also, herbal products today are also utilized to improve the body’s overall performance — boosting a person’s stamina, improving the body’s defense against infection, and so on.

Safety In Usage

It’s true that alternative herbal medicine is safe to use as compared to its synthetic counterpart, but it is essential to take some necessary precaution to ensure that there will be no side-effects or allergic reactions to its ingredients to promote body wellness.

Consultation of a medical expert is necessary to determine whether it is safe for you to use herbal products or not. Even if the medicine worked on others, there is a possibility that it will have a reverse effect depending on your body’s chemistry. Such is the case; it is essential to have doctor look at your present medical condition to determine if you are compatible with the alternative herbal medicine or not.

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Eastern Herbal Medicine for Western Children

The pharmacologic industry is one of the most promising and progressing business of the present. An increase in the awareness and focus of research and development on medicine has triggered a big push to drug manufacturing.

With the main driving force of improving the lives and promoting human longevity; researchers, scientists, and businessmen have jumped into the business of creating medications for the sick, as well as for those who want to prevent further illness.

The western civilization brought industrially prepared medicine, and sold at commercial markets while the eastern part of the globe saw the need for intervention of natural means of preparation through alternative herbal medicine.

East Meets West

It may very well be said that Western medicine is technologically advanced and came about with the notion of curing an existing illness. It is on the forefront of stopping and getting rid of a susceptible disease or complications.

As for Eastern medication, it is historically rooted and is based on centuries’ worth of human existence, with the idea of preventing illnesses from happening in the first place. It is in the background of keeping our bodies healthy and sickness free.

As for the fusion of the old and the new, past and present, technology and tradition, and western and eastern ideologies, alternative herbal medicine was produced. Pharmacological firms embraced the idea of herbal and natural medication in line with their own synthetically made variants to provide an option for everyone in need of medicine.

Sensitive and Fragile

Those who are in need of medication take prescribed drugs, some of which are quite harmful to other cells, and organs. The liver is one of the body’s organs hit hard by drug intervention when it synthesizes and tries to bind the specific components to our body’s cells. The more unnaturally existing and synthetic the drug is, the more it is at risk for our body to react against. This is even more risky for fragile bodies such as our kids.

Our kids’ bodies are still growing, their minds and way of thinking still developing. They are also prone to infection and sickness because of their increased activity without much conscious protective measures. Giving them industrially created drugs expose their bodies to harmful chemicals even if these drugs cure them of their sickness.

They too have their own immune system to provide immediate and automatic protection from harmful elements both in and out of their bodies. However, bacteria and other environmental factors overpower them much like with adults. The only difference is that young children are still building up their body’s defenses.

Prevention and Herbal Medication

With the application of research and development on naturally occurring plants in our environment, it is now possible to give alternative herbal medicine to our children. Certain drug companies adhere to the idea of natural medication since it is beneficial not only to children, but to anyone in terms of less adverse reaction of the body. This is because the components of alternative herbal medicine are naturally occurring, organic, and supports life processes.

Administering alternative herbal medicine to children does not stress their livers because organic compounds from the plant source can be easily synthesized as compared to synthetic ones. Herbal supplements also are safe to take on a daily basis as prescribed to prevent sickness and illnesses from occurring.

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100% Natural Home Herbal Remedies

A fever, flu, or a sore throat doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be going to the doctor every time to have it looked at. It would be safe to say that you will only be wasting your time and money for being diagnosed with a mild fever and given a prescription for an expensive medicine just to get it out of your system. Alternative medicine therapies can be easily found in your very own family kitchen — natural herb remedies that you can easily make in the comforts of your own home.

Alternative Health Medicine Facts

It is a proven fact that natural herb remedies are very safe to use. Doctors approve them for their patients to assist in their recovery. You can either purchase an herbal diet supplement from a food health store in your area or you can make your own kitchen remedy.

Keep in mind, however, that not every herbal nutritional supplement sold in the market place today is safe to use. Due to their popularity, there might be scammers out there that replicate a product with no health value in it whatsoever. Consumers need to check the labels carefully to ensure that it came from a reputable pharmaceutical company or better yet, make their own herbal concoction at home using 100% natural ingredients.

Preparation Is Important

Preparation is very important if you plan to make your own home herbal remedies. Make sure that your ingredients are fresh and clean. Ladles and pans should not be made of metal or stainless steel materials to avoid chemicals being included in the mix. You might also want to check out some tips and tricks on how to properly prepare and process your own home herbal remedies for better results.

Anti-Oxidants – Garlic, Onion, And Pepper

Most of the spices found in the kitchen are anti-oxidants. You may have noticed a lot of diet supplements on the market that offer to get rid of nasty toxins from our systems — they are expensive yes, but they do work. You can get the same diet supplements out of your kitchen cupboard without having to dip into your savings. The best part about home herbal remedies is that you don’t have to worry about side-effects — what you take in is 100% natural.

A kitchen remedy made of spices like garlic, onions, and pepper seeds are the best herbal supplements because they are great anti-oxidants. You can include them in your daily meals or you can concoct a health drink out of it. Clean them thoroughly and chop them up. Cook them up in boiling water and let them stew for a few minutes. Drain the herbs extract with a strainer and you will have an anti-oxidant drink ready for your use. (Of course you may need to add a sweetener….like honey…which is a natural anti-oxidant on it’s own)

The Best Medicine – Herbal Ginseng

Natural ginseng is one of the most widely celebrated alternative medicine herbs used today. Asians and North Americans use it extensively for their natural health cures — from ancient time to the present. The ginseng supplement is mainly used to help a person relax and adapt to any form of stress. The root is a known panacea that can help the body recover from any type of disease.

The Ginseng use is best known for enhancing physical and mental performance — usually for added stamina without any side-effects. Patients with high-blood pressure use herbal ginseng as natural cholesterol lowering herbal supplements. Ginseng benefits has also been accredited to improve the body’s natural resistance to common health problems. You can use it as a tea or stuff it in a bottle with water to age for a more potent brew.

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Holistic Health-Alternative Medicine

Holistic and alternative medicine offers a healthier solution for a total body makeover. Therefore you will not have to dish out thousands of dollars a month just to keep your body in top shape. It’s true that pharmaceutical companies produce plenty of fabricating products, including drugs, that are made just to combat health-related problems. However, the cost of the treatment and side-effects might prove to be a hindrance to you rather than a benefit.

Herb Medicinal Uses

Herbal health remedies are made from the herbs extract. There are certain plants that contain chemicals and extracts that are highly beneficial to the human body. Herbal products sold today in a natural vitamin and herb shop use only 100% natural ingredients to fight certain health related ailments. The aim of natural herbal health products is to boost the body’s immune system to fight off ailments naturally, rather than subject the body to synthetic chemicals that might otherwise prove harmful to your health.

Diet Supplements-Weight Loss

One of the most common medicinal herbs uses is for weight loss. There are certain plants that are used as herbal diet supplements to reduce your waistline without having to take fat-burning pills using synthetic compounds. An herbal weight loss supplement contains certain ingredients to help you get rid of unwanted fat. One recommendation is a hunger suppressant if you are prone to excessive eating or perhaps you might look for ingredients that will help your body burn more cholesterol or fat easier.

Additionally, herbal diet products are partnered with physical exercise for better results. You can take them along with your daily meals and wait for the effects to appear on your body. If you want a fast weight loss program then you might want to undergo a physical weight loss program so you can help your body get rid of fats and calories faster.

Holistic Herbal Medicine To Promote Proper Health

Our bodies require a specific amount of nutrients for it to function properly. Energy herbal supplements found in a natural health food store can provide you with enough energy to help you last for a day, but it can only do so much if your body itself is deteriorating rapidly.

Natural herb remedies are formulated to address all of the body’s basic functions. Rather than just providing the vitamins and nutrients you require to keep your body functioning properly, natural herbal health products were designed to enhance each and every area of your body for it to perform better — taking a vitamin diet supplement on top of your herbal supplements will only boost the effects.

Safety Precautions When Using Alternative Medicine Remedies

Holistic and alternative medicine is not without its side effects when used incorrectly. The problem is not with the ingredients that the product is made from, but in the actual use of the product. Wherein certain medical conditions may arise.

One of the common problems attributed to the use of alternative natural medicine is self-medication. There might be certain instances where the proper dosage indicated on the label is not the prescribed measurement for our use. It is essential that you consult an expert first so that they can determine the exact content of the herbal product and come up with a safe way to use it to avoid complications.

Also, consumers are urged to avoid taking in more of natural herbal health products to avoid having problems with them. Many would think that alternative natural medicines are safe to use and taking more of it in one sitting would hasten the process — this is wrong. Instead of being a benefit to the body, over-dosage would only result in more health concerns cropping up in your system later.

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Natural Healing Method Using Herbal Medicine

Medical practitioners of the Orient are known to incorporate natural healing methods with alternative herbal medicines. Instead of undergoing expensive medical treatment using synthetic and modern technologies, many find the natural method along with alternative herbal medicine a cost-effective solution to achieve the perfect health.

The belief of natural healing involves the use of 100% natural techniques and ingredients to promote better health. Synthetic medicines and modern medical technology are known to have side-effects that may prove to be fatal if not properly administered or performed.

The Benefits Of The Natural Healing Method

The natural healing method delves into the capability of the human body to adapt and recover without any outside help. Our bodies are equipped with its own defense mechanism towards illnesses and diseases. The method aims to strengthen this ability to boost the immune system to fight off health-related problems without any side-effects or complications.

Natural healing doesn’t only deal with physical health problems. In fact, it has been documented and proven that this method can also be used for mental and emotional ailments. Certain herbal compounds are known to induce relaxation to help a person deal with stress without having to take in synthetic products that can cause side-effects to crop up during use.

Certain plant extracts and aroma can directly affect the mind when inhaled and is most often used on patients suffering from behavioral problems. There are also some plants that can help the body relax when applied directly on the skin — like peppermint extract that can relax tight muscles that is usually attributed to stress. Natural healing method with herbal medicines can also help in weight loss programs for a slimmer and healthier body.


The art of acupuncture originated from the Chinese. It delves into the energy pathways in the human body called meridians. The oriental health experts believe that ailments and diseases are caused by blocked meridians that disrupt the flow of positive healing energy from circulating throughout the body.

Needles charged with positive energy are inserted into these meridian points to clear up the blockage, as well as to stimulate the flow of healthy energy deep within the body. Certain herbal medicines and concoctions are administered to their patients to increase the volume of healing energy for a full-body recovery.

Reiki and Qi Gong

Reiki and Qi Gong involves the healing of an individual using the positive energies of both the practitioner and those that stem from the universe. The practitioner of the art inscribes symbols upon the afflicted area on the human body and directs their energies into it for healing. Herbal medicines are given to their patients to amplify these positive energies for the treatment to yield beneficial results.

Proper Use Of Herbal Medicines

Despite the safe and beneficial results of using natural healing methods with alternative herbal medicine, there is a possibility that some adverse reactions might take place that might become a problem when left unchecked.

Despite the natural ingredients used in herbal products, we can never deny the fact that our body’s chemistry might react to it. There are even some natural healing methods that might cause problems instead of getting rid of it.

Such is the case; it is very important to consult an expert first before undertaking this solution. Have a full body check-up with your doctor and subject yourself to a complete laboratory exam to determine whether your body can use the treatment method safely or not.

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Tips To Look For A Safe Herbal Medicine

Alternative herbal medicine is the latest trend in modern medical technology. Modern societies are known to make use of this method for addressing common health-related problems or to improve their body’s overall performance. They are free from side-effects commonly attributed to synthetic medicines distributed and used today.

If you are planning to take this method of healing for better results and savings then you might want to look for the best herbal medicine in the online market. There are quite a lot of them around but you have to be careful before buying one to ensure that you are not scammed by frauds active on the Web.

1. Consult An Expert Before Purchase

Consumers should always take extra care in what they drink or eat — especially in the case of medicines. Even if herbal medicines are reputed to be 100% free from side-effect, we can never be too sure how our body will react to the ingredients in it.

Such is the case; it is best to consult an expert first and have your body checked and your health problem diagnosed in order to determine what type of herbal medicine would be best to use, as well as making sure that you won’t have any allergic reactions to it. Have a doctor prescribed you details on the name of the herbal product, ingredients, and dosage for use.

2. Check The Company Who Made The Product

Since you will be buying your herbal medicines on the Web, you have to be sure that the product is 100% safe to use. Since identity is a common problem related to the Internet, it would be best to do your research first to ensure that you won’t be having troubles with its use later on.

You can use search engines to pull out some information about the pharmaceutical company that made the herbal product. You can use the name of the herbal medicine or the company that made it as keywords and try to check out reviews from different consumers who tried it out. While you’re at it, you might want to check if these companies are affiliated with known government health services and credible medical companies in the market.

3. Determine The Ingredients Used

If you don’t want to have any allergic reaction to a specific herbal medicine then you need to check out the ingredients indicated on the label. Since the product is advertised online, there should be a specific page on the distributor’s homepage that details the natural ingredients and other chemicals used in it. If you have no idea what to look for then you better consult an expert to determine whether it is safe for you to use or not. Don’t buy herbal medicines on the Web without proper information of its ingredients, dosage, or usage to avoid compromising your health.

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Herbal Weight Loss Remedies

Alternative natural medicine has long been known for treating diseases and common health-related illnesses. Now, natural herb remedies are being integrated into a herbal weight loss program to promote proper body functions while shedding excess fat to achieve an overall trim and leaner body.

Is Alternative Medicine Better?

Herbal weight loss remedies today are making use of alternative natural medicines considering that it is safe to use and without any side-effects. Synthetic weight loss pills are often laced with restrictions that may prove to be a problem for individuals who have a fixed dietary preference or lifestyle. In most cases, this weight loss solution may limit a person’s meals, physical movement, and can be very expensive to purchase.

Herbal weight loss remedies use 100% natural ingredients from animal and plant extracts. The concept behind this method includes the right nutrients integrated into the body in order to promote normal body functions and to activate certain hormones that break down cholesterol, burn calories, improve metabolism and so forth.

Going Herbal For Weight Loss

A person’s use of natural herbal health products depends upon the potency and nature of the medicine itself. Most are taken before or after meals, while some are termed as herbal diet supplements to boost a body’s performance during physical workout. However, it is very important for an individual to consult an expert first before taking in natural herb remedies. There are possibilities that usage might result in allergic reactions with your normal body chemistry that could lead to health complications.

It would be best to check out the labels of natural herbal health products to determine their exact ingredients that would be useful for your herb weight loss program. If you have no idea what an ingredient does, then you should either consult an expert or do some research on the Internet.

Such is the case; it is essential for an individual to utilize herbal products effectively for their weight loss program by taking in measured doses according to the prescription of your medical expert, as well as avoiding self-medication that could lead to complications.

The Best Herbal Supplements

There are different types of herbal diet products being used today and each varies according to the ingredients used within it. Keep in mind, however, that no herbal product can address the entirety of your weight problem. They work only to promote a specific function that will help you get rid of excess weight.

For example, the Guggul herb is a well-known ingredient used in herbal diet products today. The plant extracts is known to regulate the cholesterol levels in the human body. This is very effective medicine for individuals who are obese or overweight.

Hoodia Gordonii is also one of the well-celebrated ingredients in herbal diet products. The flower of this deserts plant has the ability to intercept the stimulus of hunger from the brain and lessen a person’s food intake. Aptly termed as a hunger suppressant, Hoodia is perfect for those who have eating problems.

There are also other herbal diet products that utilize some ingredients that would help in your weight loss program, but they are considered to be dangerous due to their adverse side-effect when the dosage is not properly controlled. Senna is a well-known laxative that is mainly used for removing waste materials in our digestive tract. Possible reaction to senna laxatives may include diarrhea, dehydration, and constipation.

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Herbal Advantages

Herbal alternative medicine is considered to be the best solution to address the growing number of health-related concerns today. Rather than making use of fabricating products commonly prescribed by their doctors, smart consumers today are looking towards natural herbal healing to address their health concerns without having to dish out hundreds of dollars for treatment, as well as a potential allergic reaction to the chemicals used in simulated products.

Before starting out on your journey towards natural holistic healing, it would be best to know the herbal advantages and disadvantages to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth in addressing your health-related concerns.

Advantage 1 – Natural Ingredients

Medical and pharmaceutical companies that bring you alternative and holistic medicine only make use of natural herbal health products. The process of extracting oil from plants is carefully formulated to ensure that every pill or tablet is filled with the essential nutrients to address your health concerns and improve your body’s natural recovery process.

If you check out the labels on natural herb remedies, you will see that they mostly contain an herbs extract. No product fabrication is needed to complete the medicine. There might be a few others that are integrated into the mix to improve its effectiveness, but government health agencies ensure that it will not get in the way of your treatment.

Advantage 2 – Cost-Effective vs Cost-Efficient

One of the advantages of natural herb remedies is their price. They are a lot cheaper compared to simulated products commonly prescribed by doctors today. In fact, low-budget consumers are opting for this solution to their health problems in order to get as much savings as they can get when addressing their health-related concerns.

The reason why alternative and holistic medicine is cheaper is attributed to the ingredients used in them. No expensive chemicals are used in the formulation of the medicine and the ingredients can be grown almost anywhere under the right conditions.

Advantage 3 – No Allergic Reactions

You don’t have to worry about what you eat when you take in herbal health remedies for your health problems. Since the ingredients are 100% natural, you don’t have to be careful about your meals causing allergic reactions that will compromise your health.

But it would be best to have a doctor look at the herbal health remedies you plan to use and undergo a serious of laboratory exams to determine that your system is compatible with it. Even if the product works for some, there are no guarantees that it will have the same effect when you take it yourself.

The Disadvantage Of Using Natural Health Cures

With all the advantages stated above in the use of holistic and alternative medicine as a treatment method, many would think that there are no complications when using it whenever they feel like it. This is a common misconception that often leads to more health-related problems.

We can never deny the fact that herbal products are classified as medicines and should be treated as such. Proper formulation and dosage is necessary for a safe use. Consumers are urged to follow the dosage indicated on the label of the natural herb remedies they choose or to consult a health expert or your family doctor to safely determine the proper usage of the product. It is also advisable to get an expert opinion on medical diagnostics and undergo a consultation and physical or laboratory examination to ensure that your body will not react with alternative herbal medicine for your health problems.

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