Oh, herbal medicine is serious, all right. But you must either learn to apply the science correctly, or hire someone who does. And you must always use pure, organic herbs. Herbs are definitely medicine, and have side effects, synergistic effects, and curative properties. They can also be dangerous when used incorrectly, just as any medication can.
I cured my terrible, deathly flu last winter with licorice root tea (stops cytokine storm).
I helped save my friend's life (he had 6 weeks to live, according to the doctors 2 1/2 year ago) by giving him dandelion root, milk thistle seed, and phyllanthus leaves.
Fresh mint tea cured a bad bout with dysentery.
Believe it or not, there is more worth in herbal treatments than given credit for, because of "BIG" business/pharma industry advocates and special interest groups.
I've seen the effects herbal treatments and they do work.
I have taken Echinacea and it really does work especially when I ended up with a cold. But just like an antiobiotic you have to take it for at least seven days, twice a day and then stop it certainly makes you feel sooooo much better.
Some natural remedies have good science behind them.
For instance, health shops were selling zinc tablets to reduce the severity of a cold long before it becamemainstream (and by the way, it doesn't work unless you can suck the tablets - something that's got forgotten).
St John's Wort has been proved to be as effective as some prescription anti-depressants.
Oatbran and niacin, used properly, are very effective in reducing cholesterol (one of my friends got his down from 7.7 to 5.5).
i find st.johns wort to be a very calming and relaxing great if you suffer from stress or nerves also korean ginsing for the guys gives you plenty of energy and great sex drive and puts lead in your pencil.
I'm 56 years old and have never had any problems with sinus infections or problems until about 2 years ago. The headaches were awful. I could get them to subside but not go away completely. I just didn't feel up to par. I tried everything and anything I could get my hands on but nothing seemed to really work.
I came across a site suggesting oil of oregano and then I looked it up to see more about it.
I totally expected it not to work of course but boy was I wrong. It totally cleared up my sinuses within a day and I continued to use it daily for about a month. I now just use it when I feel it starting to act back up.
Word of warning; I use about 10 drops under my tongue but the first time I used it I thought I was gonna die, lol. It certainly does burn especially if your not use to it but then I just put it under my tongue and took a drink of juice along with it which made it bearable.
When I first started looking for it, health food stores and places like that, they wanted about $40 but I found the same stuff on Ebay for $11 shipped.
I had a roller blading accident that resulted in some bad news road rash. I friend gave me tumeric lotion. I was amazed at how quickly the road rash healed and left no scar.
That is my only testimony to herbal medicine.
There's a brand here called Traditional Medicinals. I've tried a few of their many offerings. All that I've tried have worked for the purposes they state.
Gypsy Cold Care is my favorite. It will loosen the phlegm in your throat and nose and sinuses after just a few applications.
Throat Coat will soothe a sore throat. Just go to sleep after ingesting.
No, they don't cure anything, but they make things much more comfortable.
http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/ if you are interested.
(And, no, I don't get a penny out of recommending these effective products.)
I have a funny story...my mom use to take Ginko Bilboa to help her with her memory...but she only took it when she remembered to take it.
I used to work with a woman who took it and she said it helped, but I had read about the side effects and didn't think it was worth the risk. I think Americans are too quick to pop a pill to fix their lives. look at how early we start kids on drugs?
Actually this helps with circulation and thins the blood. If there is more blood getting to the major organs, like the brain, then this does help. FACT... if you are taking asprin to thin the blood, you must be careful of herbal remedies to do the same thing. You must always check with your DR.
p.s... another blood thinner is St John's Wort. Dont take if on medication like warfrin and asprin, unless ok with Dr!!
Yes. Marijuana is the best pain killer for CNS pain by far!
Shhhhh! Ok,Ok! I for got about that one.
Yes dear, I know...but stupid Ohio law will not allow for me to have it..they want to keep me on morphine and oxycodone and xanax..
I know maijuana is better, but I cant fight the system any more than I already am
I still can't believe marijuana is illegal. It's a wonderful sleep aid and pain reliever. I have spinal stenosis and some nerve damage/pain, and I don't want to get addicted to narcotics. Yes, if I had to choose, I'd rather be addicted to pot.
Hah, as always the most addictive and harmful are the ones the government wants.
I like olive leaf for the immune system and lowering cholesterol.
Also pantethine for high cholesterol has worked for me...
oh working with kids made me sick all the time!
you need to fortify yourself first! LOL
About 25 percent of all herbal medicines does work. The only problem is that very little is known about their side effects.
I think that fact is what made me stop taking them. I used to take echinachea (I know it's spelled wrong) and a few others, st. johns wort for a while and although they seemed to work, I didn't want to become dependent on them, so I stopped. I just eat healthy, exercise, take vitamins and try not to take any medication unless I absolutely need it, which at this time I don't. I realize I'm fortunate.
I'm just throwing it out there for anyone who wants to take it but I think this would be a great hub topic...or topics
My housemate has a degree in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, so yes, I've taken a variety of herbal medicines that work.
The trick is to see a trained professional, not use folk remedies that you make up yourself.
that is probably very wise. now there are herbalists and homeopaths who know how to dispense it.
when you think about medicine, it is derived from plants and herbs, earlier times, people used the plants from the land.
I swore off MDs about 3 years ago, started seeing a chiropractor 3 years ago, and have been seeing a Naturopath for a year. I went from 11 prescription and OTC meds and 3 supplements including B12 shots to NO prescription or OTC meds. I take many supplements and homeopathics.
I never take motrin or tylenol anymore, in favor of arnica. Skullcap was an effective sleep aid.
Please always consider that herbal remedies contain chemicals that may interfere with other medications you are taking, or that may not be suitable for you personally. Always consult with a trained professional before taking herbs for any condition. For example, licorice root should not be taken by people with high blood pressure, green tea by those who have thinned blood, nor should chamomile be taken by those who are allergic to ragweed (hay fever). Medicinal herbs are not just "weeds", they are medicine, albeit natural. Notwithstanding, side effects of natural medicinal herbs are much milder and less than the side effects from traditional pharmaceuticals.
It's about 85% hooey. Peppermint does really sooth a sore stomach. Honey is good for a sore throat. All those gazillion dollar supplements...nah.
Actually not hooey, and peppermint is good for more than just soothing a "sore stomach". Once, when living in Mexico, I got dysentery, and almost died. Traditional medicines did not work. After 3 weeks of diarrhea that came out looking like water, a little old lady, a neighbor, gave me homemade chicken broth with peppermint and it cured me right then and there. Peppermint tea added to the formula in a baby's bottle also helped alleviate some of the ill effects of parasitism, when used along with traditional medicine. Besides being a natural antiseptic for parasites like amoebiasis, etc, peppermint also stimulates gastric glands and helps achieve proper ph balance in the digestive system.
I think there may be a difference in "medicine" which as I understand it is to fix a problem that has already occurred or "preventative medicine" which is to ensure the problem doesn't occur. I agree with "PG" for fixes but I've used a fair number of natural products for preventative measures since my diet is not what it should be.
There are many, I have the herbalist's bible , 2000 plus pages of natural and herbal cures..
if you would like, ask about one in particular and I can look it up for you.
I was given a disolvable echinacea once when I had a particularly bad Hayfever attack and it worked. I've taken it a few times since and it always seems to clear the Hayfever up.
Very recently extract of papaya leaf helped a young boy to get cured from dengue ,his mother called me two day back to pay her regards .second patient is my own cousin who lives in USA ,I sent him Arun bark for cholesterol treatment and he is feeling much better he said ,very soon he will get it tested and let me know about his results.
Part of the problem is the internet and the fact that health care is inaccessible to so many people, or accessible but unaffordable, or accessible and affordable but ineffective. That opens the door to quackery, which is as old as the hills. And wow, there's plenty of THAT when it comes to herbal medicine.
People like to feel in control, and there's a certain placebo effect when you have faith in any treatment. And placebo effects are real--that is, they REALLY make people well. So I'm not saying "placebo effect = hooey". No, if you get well, who cares what did it?
Herbs DO have drug effects, but a few of the questions are, which effects and how much and why and for whom? It's one thing to take echinacea to prevent colds. It's another to pitch your doctor to take some quack cure someone told you about on the internet.
What frosts me is, people take herbal medicine too far and make outrageous claims. Some do it for personal psychological reasons. Some do it to make money off fear and suffering.
I also believe that people get sick sometimes and it isn't because they 1) had a negative attitude, 2) didn't take their herbs, or 3) were fat smokers.
Nobody is getting out of this world alive. People do get sick for no obvious reason, and die because doctors can't cure everything. And neither can herbal medicines.
I used a lot of herbal medicine for diarrhea, stomach upset and simple cough and colds, they are usually leaves concoctions and they are all effective. I also tried acupuncture with a chinese doctor and they also work, but nothing is clear about the side effects too! Now, am here in the US, cant find those leaves here!
oregano for cough
blackberries for diarrhea
old bark of a tree (i dont know the english name) for dysmenorrhea
garlic to maintain blood pressure ( I have no blood pressure prob my father does)
There was an article in the Washington Post some time toward the end of last week about the "placebo effect." Apparently, scientists feel that about one third of all cases of folks feeling better after using over-the-counter or alternative medicine, and, I think, even some prescription medications are due to the "placebo effect.
The "placebo effect" occurs when we feel better because we think we should feel better. That's why sugar pills work. Who knows for sure?
The mind is a powerful thing.
I am an Acupuncturist and Herbalist and I treat myself with Herbal Medicines all the time. They work really well. The other night I had fever and chills, a sore throat and a headache. I took an antiviral/antibacterial formula that night before bed and the next morning even I was amazed. I was tired, but I wondered if I had imagined that I was sick!!
I think if you are taking herbal formulas for a chronic complaint, you have to be aware of the difference between treating the symptoms and treating the root of the problem. Many western drugs treat the symptom. So while your pain is gone, or your headache goes away, for example, the root of the problem is ignored and eventually the pain or headache overwhelms the drugs and they are no longer effective.
If you are treating the root of the problem, you will need to be persistent with taking the herbal formula and you will slowly get better over time. To some it may seem as if the herbs are not working, or are only helping a little, but you didn't develop the problem overnight, nor will it go away overnight! You can also do your part with rest, exercise, diet, and managing your stress and emotions!!
I hope this was helpful in answering your questions.
Tina Laue, L.Ac., Dipl OM (NCCAOM)~ www.goodneedles.com
PR Committe Chair, Acupuncture Assoc. of Co ~ www.acucol.com
Not a herbal remedy as such but I got rid of gallstones using a natural method - Google gall bladder flush or liver flush - it involves drinking lots of olive oil which flushes out the stones - so check it out if you are troubled with gallstones or a liver that's a bit slow
I have an herbalist & she will not give me any type of herb or tincture until she has done a complete "health review". She is also an acupuncturist. She works at a school that teaches acupuncture and they make all their herbal formulas specific to the person's need.
Yes it works. I have been using Melatonin capsules from Ripple Creek for past 6 months. Now, I’m able to sleep comfortably through the night.
I remember my mother taking Red Clover Blossom for hypertension and it worked well, too well, It dropped her pressure to fast. so next time she sipped it a little at a time.
-if we start taking in big doses of any product, it can be dangerous or have side effects. Salt, sugar, animal fat, coffee, wisky anybody? Though in small doses it might be beneficial.
-A small glass of grape wine on a cold winter day after strenulous work or just unpleasant dull day full of stress and bad news.
-A cup of warm camomile tea no sugar, late at night when you feel that you had something bad for supper and your stomach hurts and you cannot sleep...
-When people did not have chemical pills they had herbal medicine to treat sick people, we stll have it, though doctors often conveniently forget about it. It's effect is milder and longer to wait for results sometimes, we are in a hurry. But side effects are milder (if any) too. it's our choise as usual.
Marijuana is a miracle herb but it's illegal.. Keep thinking...
Aspirin is a patented herb as a lot of other meds are too, we just get stuck having to buy it.
asprin comes from the bark of a special tree originally.
Medicines are only sythencised from natural herbal remedies x
I'm well aware about origin and creation of meds thanks
Dame Scribe wrote:"asprin comes from the bark of a special tree originally."
The tree was the "white willow tree." the bark (particularly) of which contains "salicin" which several folks extracted to make various salicylate compounds, one of which was "aspirin." Early workers going way back into days of the Greek medicine people, used the bark and crushed leaves of the tree to produce salicin-based analgesics for pain relief. Various American Indians chewed the bark for the same reason. If you break off a piece of the willow tree bark and smell it, you will smell an odor of wintergreen - the salicin in the bark. "Aspirin" is not difficult to synthesize and you can find directions for doing so on the Internet.
We use herbal medicine almost exclusively, and yes, it works. BTW, we are very careful about the quality of the herbs we use. There is alot of junk on the market.
Ever since I was a child, I used to get conjuctivitis (pink eye) something fierce every few years. Fourteen years ago, my ex made a goldenseal compress & made me lay with it on my eyes for twenty minutes. It stung horribly, but I haven't had a problem since.
I married into a Chinese family...which means that while I used to know a lot about vitamins and vitamin therapy, I now have learned ten times more! This includes a little bit about herbal therapy as well.
Just make sure that you NEVER take herbal medicine if you are pregnant without a doctor monitoring you, and it is a very good idea to tell your doctor what herbs you are taking anyway, and how often, and for what. I currently don't have healthcare (Not yet a Canadian resident, so I don't qualify for national healthcare and my Mum's health insurance in the states stopped covering me when I got married.) So I do take a few herbal/vitamin remedies.
Garlic - good for the heart and blood pressure, and also works as a natural antibiotic. I get ear infections regularly, and when I feel the first bit of pain coming on, I cut oipen a garlic oil capsule a put a few drops of the contents into the affected ear. After three days, the pain is completely gone. I used to spend up to several weeks in severe ear pain, even with antibiotics, before my mother in law told me to try the garlic thing.
Vitamin B - good for energy, helps you sleep at night, and helps prevent migraines. I swear by it for migraines. I only get them when I have a period now, and even then they are far less serious than they used to be!
Vitamin C - I definitely get less colds while taking vitamin C, and even my allergies are less severe.
For Dysmennorhea (Painful, difficult menstruation, which can include excessive "bleeding" or abnormally long periods) take Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Calcium. If your periods are abnormally heavy or long, take iron as well. I've been doing this for about three or four months, and my periods have became more regular, less painful, and they are much shorter (I had been known to menstruate for up to 21 days straight before, my last period however was only 6 days, which is average, the one before that, 8 days) Also, while I used to soak several super-absorbency feminine products a day while mestruating, now I might soak one on a bad day, and my last period I only had nighttime leakage once.
Yes. I beat Ulcerative Colitis with herbal medicines. My dad beat Lymphatic Cancer. That is enough reason for me to believe.
I also have a mother that can't remember to take her Ginko Biloba, Crazedwriter. So glad I'm not alone on that one
I am taking a new one...Stress B-Complex...it seems to actually be helping a bit...
Yes, Herbal medicine does work. I always see a fully qualified Consultant Medical Herbalist who uses locally grown herbs as much as possible. He takes a full medical history and looks a little closer at what the body is saying, by using kinesiology and Iridology to assist in prescribing.
Great results :-) Sometimes, a healing crisis or healing reaction can occur, where the patient feels worse before feeling better, and this can be mistaken as a side effect,another good reason why it is useful to maintain contact with a trained professional.
Self treatment is safe to a degree but what often happens is people are self treating a symptom and not always looking a little deeper for the problem. The symptom is the body's way of telling us that there is something wrong, and instead of looking at why the boil came up, we just put the cream on to make it go away. A good practitioner will help to open your eyes a little wider and treat the root of the problem, which might actually need something completely different to what we might pick from a shelf ourselves.
Happy Herballing and Happy New Year
many pharmaceuticals ARE herbal remedies - or originated from plant substances, or are synthesized herbal components! Many herbal remedies are proven effective. I personally ONLY use herbal remedies and they are very effective and useful and a lot less side effects. I believe the huge multi-bazillion dollar pharmacy we take orders from in this country has most people entirely bamboozled about herbal remedies.
I want to add that herbal remedies are most effective when used with a lot of self-awareness, diet, exercise and ayurvedic principles of whole-mind/body medicine. You must take the time to know yourself, why you have ailments, and examine your whole being, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Many, many people, unfortunately, would rather just have a western dr. give them a pill - they don't want to spend the necessary time and energy on themselves. They like to say "Dr. knows best" when Dr. only sees them 15 minutes every 6 or 12 months! what a joke!
Yea well my childhood was a mixture of herbal and modern medicine ,since my dad knew what plants did what and yes they do work , if ya know what ya doing , if ya dont ,then a complete waste of time (IMO)
Yes, herbs are very effective when you have the guidance of a good professional.
I take herbs all the time and they do help. But I take them with help of my medical professional who is also a homeopath.
I went the conventional route this fall when I was so sick with h1n1. After opiates for cough (ER), antibiotics, steroids, and more-different steroids, I was still having high heart rates when doing any movement and had junky lungs after 8 weeks.
After 3 days on a homeopathic remedy, I was back to normal!
Most times her advice is a mixture of homeopathy, herbs, vitamins and convention meds if needed.
yes, cannabis, it really takes my troubles away.....
Yes, I have been trying for years to get off of an anti-inflammatory for my arthritis. The medication was causing ulcers and acid reflux... which meant I had to take arthrotec and prilosec. I kept trying time and time again but I would not be able to endure the pain... Nothing seemed to work.
Then I met this lady at a health fair last summer. I showed her my hands and told her about the pain. She recommended that I try a one month supply of a product called MAX GXL which boosts your bodys supply of glutathione. If you do a search on glutathione .. you'll be amazed at the health benefits. Of course I did NOT think this would work either. But it did work and I have NO MORE PAIN! Write me if you want more info... I can get it for you...
I think I've inspired myself to write a hub about it. LOL
yes oregano for colds it worked,
and the leaves of prune trees boil it, good for diarrhea too
PDH - "Prune Tree"? I thought prunes were dried plums but I've definately been wrong before.
Sure, I've taken lots that have worked. Valerian root to relax, chamomile tea for relaxation and a number of other things, peppermint to calm a nervous stomach, etc.
I have tried many herbal medicines and no, it isn't just hype. Usually, people try to diagnose themselves with an ailment and are completely wrong, thus making the medicine they chose to use ineffective.
St. John's Wort works pretty good for depression and mood but in my experience doesn't work for a long period of time. Valerian works good for sleeplessness but gives you weird and vivid dreams.
I've utilized herbal medicines and had great benefits.Though, seems homeopathics are in their own sector. Those are a preferred remedy, especially when you have one providing an energetic balance and they are made for you. Glimsping through this thread is really good to see. Inspiring to write more on my links of reality Thanks
I always considered this treatment as the most safest and economical
The most EFFECTIVE herb you can use, and it helps a lot of things, is green tea. Used to be, it was an expensive commodity. Now, due to supply and demand, you can find a 100 ct. tea bag box at Dollar Trees for $1.00! Or you can find them at Big Lots, and Dollar Generals. I have saved 2 people from death due to their doctor "poisoning" them with medications. 1st,its called a statin. The 1st one; 'Debbie' was a brain injury survivor, and it was stripping her COQ10, and was causing her to slowly die. I took her off the medication and made an 8 tea bag ct. gallon of iced tea, sweetened with a little sugar, and made here drink a glass an hour all throughtout the day for 5 days. On the 3rd day, she realized she was alive. She said a fog type feeling had her consumed and she was sleeping 13-15 hours day because she was literally fatigued from the statins. My 2nd death defying friend was being poisoned by a diabetes medication that he really didn't need. He was slowly dying. I took him off the medication, opened his diet to consume ONLY oatmeal of any kind,natural peanut butter, unlimited brown rice, unsweetened applesauce, scrambled eggs, no milk, water or butter,(they are best in microwave for 2 minutes with garlic, and a little dill weed). He too, drank a glass of green tea sweetened with a mixed artificial, and natural sugar. After 2 weeks, he had lost 10lbs., no sign of any kind of diabetes, and said he felt better than he had in years. Try it yourself, and see for yourself. I drink 2 cups of hot green tea a day. But that is me. I also drink it iced( 2 bags,1 glass is best) on a hot day to cool off and refresh my being. I am a 55, little on the heavy side woman, with no health issues!I used to get sick 2-3 x's a year. I haven't been sick in over 3!(I have skeletal birth defects, but that's it). If you dare take the challenge, you will be healthier, mentally balanced, and you can use this daily! No need to worry about bad effects, There isn't any! Happy healthin'!
I got rid of allergies, spastic colon, fibroid cysts and pms with natural remedies. I had such great results that I got hooked on natural remedies and natural cures and created a website on how to overcome ailments naturally.
It doesn't have ALL the answers but does have a lot of good information for people to learn from and take steps to a more natural approach to dealing with health..
Chinese seem to have this about taped up. The daily diet contains many things that are not 'delicious' but are there for their useful function, some bitter veg that looks a bit like spinach, another one espcially that looks a little like sliced celery when it appears, so bitter I nearly threw up, but everyone around the table took some. What gets into the meals and how it is cooked are decided by what has been happening in the day, exercise or blobbing out etc., also the weather. So sometimes we get hot spicy and other times bland and thin soupy stuff with 'things' in it - usually nice enough though.
Medicine is herbal first but they are not prejudiced against western when it is needed, even the herbalist will prescribe antibiotic etc., if they think it is right. Home remedies all seem to work as well as 'shop bought'; the last one for me was boiled fresh ginger (strong!) with sugar. Sore throat got instant relief, cough stopped completely and sinuses let go like a tap! So the headache stopped. the cold was gone in two days, I go through a 5 day cycle with colds normally.
And yes I am going to make hubs about it sometime soon - one about the 'way' of eating here and the other the home remedies that when I have tested them on myself first.
Yes, I take Gingko on a regular basis and use Valerian if I am stressed or cannot sleep.
Try psilocybe cubensis and then ask whether nature has benefits. On a serious note - Yes, Ginger is great for nausea. Valerian for anxiety and sleep, Cannabis is great for everything, saint john's wort for depression, ginkgo for memory
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