Long before prescription pharmaceuticals were available people were using natural herbs to take care of their health issues. The original manmade drugs were based entirely on plant extracts and preparations that did not necessarily include all the elements of the plants to produce a balanced result. In other words, the various parts of a plant used in medicinal healing contain many micronutrients that are needed to support a primary nutrient in its transformational work on a person’s health. Isolating a single nutrient or mimicking it synthetically in the form of pills is not always effective.
In a perfect world where over-farming the land and causing the depletion of minerals in the soil in which our food is grown did not happen, we would be healthier. Eating a balanced diet with a wide variety of foods should naturally provide all the vitamins, minerals and trace minerals we need to sustain health and vitality. Unfortunately, factory farming techniques and improper handling of our food resources means the food we buy from the grocer’s aisles and even from the farmer’s market is already deficient in the nutrients our bodies require.
Doctors are beginning to accept that natural herbs can be used to treat a variety of maladies, sometimes even more efficiently than prescription medicines. Herbal supplements are typically categorized by their health benefits to make it easier for people to find what they need to help with specific ailments. The following examples illustrate this:
Alteratives. These are the blood purifiers that gradually change conditions in the body to improve specific symptoms. They are effective for treating infections, toxicity of the blood, cancer, skin eruptions and arthritis. A few of the alterative herbs are Echinacea, dandelion root, red clover, Aloe Vera, alfalfa, marshmallow, nettles and comfrey. Stimulants. These herbs are used to increase energy by stimulating the circulation and breaking up obstructions that interrupt the flow of the body’s systems. Some of the natural sources for stimulants are sage, garlic, yarrow, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, anise seed, ginseng and rosemary.
There are herbal supplements for virtually every illness or condition that exist; even weight loss. Since they are natural extracts or dried parts from plants, they work in cooperation with the body without inducing uncomfortable side effects as is often the case with prescription drugs. Most herbs have more than one benefit and can be used to treat multiple issues. When you purchase herbal supplements look for a certificate of analysis (COA) on the label to insure you are getting the best quality ingredients.