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Herbs: Why Should I Use Herbs?

Updated on December 9, 2012

Herbs: Why Should I Use Herbs?

Herbs are plants that are found in Nature and are naturally consumed by animals.  Unlike synthetic pharmaceutical medicine, herbs are easily absorbed into the body and blood stream, leaving minimal residual and side effects.  In the West, herbs are also known as “dietary supplements”.  Dietary supplements are taken on a daily basis to help rejuvenate internal organs to maintain the body in good health. 

Why do people choose to use herbs instead of pharmaceutical medicine?  Each individual has their own answer, but there are a few common answers.  The first being that a friend or family member tried it and the result was positive.  Based on recommendation is the most common reason.  The second most common reason is because it is natural.  There is a belief that Nature provides all living organisms the solutions to maintain good health and to help combat illness.  The practice of administering herbal medicine has been performed for thousands of years.  It has a proven track record with success in maintaining health, energy and combating illnesses.  The third is most people are most comfortable with a holistic approach as it is a form of medicine that works together with the body and addresses the underlying causes of the condition rather than masking it with pain killers or short term solutions.  Finally, many choose herbs because there are few negative side effects which can cause even further distress in their body.   

What is an Herb?

An herb is a variety of plants that are found throughout the world in Nature.  They can be found growing naturally or they can be cultivated.  An herb is a special plant. 

Scientific research has shown that between the cells in the herb leaves, flowers and roots are sacs that contain the essential oils for that particular plant.  Each sac of essential oil contains between 50 – 2,000 chemical constituents that are the active ingredients responsible for the healing and balancing effect of the herb.  Essential oils are extremely concentrated and only small amounts are needed resulting in minimum side effects.

How do Herbs Help Us?

Our body has a defence mechanism which protects us from becoming ill.  This is our immune system.  When our immune system has weakened due to illness, toxins, environment, stress, lifestyle or injury, we become more vulnerable to illness, disease and injury.  Herbs work synergistically with our body.  In another words, herbs work together with our immune system and internal organs, helping them to become stronger, healthier and more vital.  As a result, we are overall healthier and less vulnerable to illness. 

Depending on the type of herb and malaise, the preparation and usage of the herb varies.  Some herbs are used as tonics which cleanse, nourish and rebuild on a cellular level.  Other herbs are more organ or system specific and are used to treat related imbalances or symptoms.  Regardless of how the herbs are applied, they work naturally and gently support the natural healing process of the body and help to maintain overall health.

Do Herbs Have Side Effects?

Herbs have been used for thousands of years.  During this course of time, documentation of the herbs include the type, name, drawing, use, preparation method and duration of use for healing.  As herbs are a plant, they are safe and have very little side effects.  However, keep in mind that this means that traditional preparation and practices are followed.  In the hands of an inexperienced person, and used incorrectly, they can cause harm.  Women who are pregnant are advised to consult with their medical doctor, homeopath and/or naturopath before beginning any course of herbal treatment as herbs affect the chemicals and hormones within the body. 

Make an Informed Choice

Herbs compose a gentle treatment plan that gradually, over time, increases your health and vitality. Having been used for thousands of years, herbs have been proven to be effective in treating ailments and sustaining health. Consult your naturopath or homeopath for proper diagnosis and treatment as there are hundreds of different types of herbs that are available.

Herbs are a holistic and safe choice for better health when used and prepared properly. Investigate, research and make an informed choice that is agreeable to you.

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