Why Alternative Herbal Medicine?

A traditional apothecary's shop in Old Salem
A traditional apothecary's shop in Old Salem | Source

What is Alternative Herbal Medicine?

The term 'alternative medicine' is generally used to describe practices used independently or in place of conventional medicine. It embraces therapies with a historical, traditional or cultural background. It does not generally fall within the scope of conventional medicine, although a growing number of conventional practitioners are beginning to recommend certain herbal medicines.


Alternative herbal medicine is just another way of referring to what is more generally known as complementary or alternative medicine. Herbal medicine, also known as botanical medicine, natural medicine, naturopathy or herbology is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts.


Traditionally, people who suffer illness have often resorted to alternative medications to find relief. Unfortunately, since most herbal remedies have been banned by European law, and the same seems on the cards in the USA in the near future as well, it's difficult to get many remedies from a reliable source.

Aloe vera for healing wounds and burns (often grown in pots indoors)
Aloe vera for healing wounds and burns (often grown in pots indoors) | Source
St Johns Wort for depression
St Johns Wort for depression | Source
Echinacea is an immune system boost and anti-tumor
Echinacea is an immune system boost and anti-tumor | Source


A great number of people have been using herbal medicine in place of prescription drugs. This is because most synthetically produced drugs have so many adverse side effects that the results may be worse than the original ailment. Herbal medicine has minuscule side effects compared to highly processed medications.


Many may seem to still doubt effectiveness of alternative herbal medicine due to discouragement they receive from their physicians. This is not surprising because physicians would always want to be selling their own medications for profit rather than approve of your choice to go herbal.


Although some authorities are skeptical about the use of alternative medicine, they cannot deny that plants are very potent sources of medicinal compounds. They may argue with the effectiveness of the herbal products but they cannot dispute that many plant metabolites are proven beneficial to the human body. Also, this is where many synthetic drugs are processed from. In fact, over a hundred plant compounds are used to produce pharmaceutical drugs.

Healing Herbs in Pots and Containers (Herbal Medicine from Your Garden or Windowsill Book 3)
Healing Herbs in Pots and Containers (Herbal Medicine from Your Garden or Windowsill Book 3)

Herbal Medicine From Your Garden or Windowsill, Volume 3 of 9: Healing Herbs in Pots and Containers

 
Garlic - sovereign remedy and general tonic
Garlic - sovereign remedy and general tonic | Source
Ginger for morning sickess, coughs and colds
Ginger for morning sickess, coughs and colds | Source
Lemongrass for digestive problems, headache, tickly coughs and mild fevers
Lemongrass for digestive problems, headache, tickly coughs and mild fevers | Source

Many herbal medicines are a lot cheaper than prescription ones, though there are others which may cost you a few bucks more. But even if you end up spending more, you will almost certainly get fewer side effects or even none at all, and that weighs heavily in their favor.

For thousands of years herbal medicines have been used to treat people’s problems prior to the advent of modern medicine. Our progenitors have proven them effective and they have even lived longer life. However, before medicating yourself with herbal medicines, it is still best to do a little research about the products and be sure to get a good review and testimonials to those who have tried it themselves. When it comes to health, we should be vigilant and take extra precautions.

Unfortunately, if you live in Europe (and soon in the US, too), you won't be able to buy many herbal remedies over the counter. The only solution is to grow your own. For information on how, and what, to grow visit Herbal Medicine from Your Garden.

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