Herbal Medicines in the Modern World
Herbal medicines have been used throughout the ages to effectively cure a variety of illnesses and other conditions. Native people from Asia and Africa primarily use them for treatment, Chinese medicine is popular for using them, and even Native Americans were known to use natural healing techniques to care for their sick. Western science, however, has rejected the use of such treatment methods and has even labeled them as 'primitive'. We pride ourselves in being 'civilized' and deem ourselves better informed and experienced in curing diseases and treating illnesses than other cultures. Even if other, non-traditional methods have proven themselves effective and practical, we prefer to use more conventional methods and medicines in our homes, hospitals and clinics.
But is it really true that we have no need for herbal medicines? If you answered yes, think again. You might have been using herbs to treat yourself and your family for a long, long time without you knowing anything about it. Most people today still believe that herbal medicine has no place inside a modern hospital. Little do they know that herbs have been used by medical science even before the discovery of penicillin.
Have you ever thought about what goes into that capsule or tablet that you've been taking every time you've had the flu? Did you ever think about the main ingredient used in making that antacid you've been using for your ulcers? The odds are good that the main ingredients come from plants. Yes, the drugs that we use today are mostly created out of ingredients that come from medicinal plants. Be it toothpaste, decongestants, or anything else, chances are that one of, if not the, main ingredient came from medicinal plants or herbs.
Herbal medicines is making a comeback, and it looks like it's here to stay. Doctors have tried and seen the effectiveness of alternative treatments on patients; treatments such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, and herbal medicines, just to name a few. They are now used for treating a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses.
Herbal medicines are now packaged in capsule and tablet form to make them more appealing to consumers. Gone are the days when people have to boil some leaves and then drink the awfully-tasting broth. Even now there are still some countries which do exactly that. But today, patients can take advantage of the wide selection of herbal medicines for an extensive variety of illnesses and conditions. There are herbal medicines for gout, arthritis, family planning, and hypertension. If you need them, you can also get appetite suppressors and fat burners for the diet and weight-conscious.
Herbal medicines and natural healing in general can help you take care of your health. But remember to always exercise precaution when taking medications of any kind. Several of them can be taken safely without the need for prescription, but it is still recommended to consult the advice of a physician before taking any medication, natural or otherwise.
About the author : Azlan Irda is the co-founder of http://www.4naturalhealing.com which provides quality herbal medicines and other natural healing methods for your health and well-being.
Published March 13th, 2007