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HERBS AND MEDICINAL PLANTS

Updated on April 6, 2011

CURED WITH MEDICINAL PLANTS

For millennia man has found precious allies in plants for health and the health of your body, and also of the spirit, and already the first doctors in past centuries used flowers, roots, leaves and bark to make poultices, herbal or medicated ointments . More recently, in the early universities, faculties devoted to medical sciences great importance to the knowledge of herbal medicine and simple, or plants that could be used alone as treatment for various ailments.

With the advent of the scientific method many of these knowledge on herbs and medicinal plants have come to us who still use drugs whose active ingredients are of plant origin, although it is now often of synthetic products, using the knowledge of plant world, and modern chemistry has often been able to expand and improve the active ingredients in plants, making them available in large quantities throughout the year.

A FAD OR A SCIENCE

For decades now has rediscovered the usefulness of these natural remedies, prepared using each of the plants (or herbs), it is certainly not just a fashion, many cases of diseases cured with alternative methods are there for all, even if the methods of alternative medicine often does not closely resemble the methods of traditional medicine.

There are many sciences that deals with the use of natural products to treat the man in general as well as the use of products derived from chemical synthesis, but directly from plants (drugs), these approaches to medicine tend to have a different vision of human disease: in general tend to treat the man in the whole range of behaviors, moods, and symptoms, while traditional medicine tends to treat mainly the symptoms of disease.

THE SCIENCE OF NATURAL HEALING

Many are now the real science involved in using plants to treat diseases from dall'erboristeria, ancient science of recognition and collection of herbal remedies, the remedies which are often known and used by everyone as such as chamomile tea, which is useful for calming restless children. All'erboristeria alongside herbal medicine, a true science of the active ingredients in plants, and their use in the treatment of disease (in this case we speak properly of herbs and medicinal plants).

Recent years have also developed new alternative medicine, from various sources, such as homeopathy, Bach flowers, aromatherapy, naturopathic medicine, and other medicines whose approaches may be among the most diverse, as well as value given to them by traditional medicine, which increasingly uses certain methods and means of alternative medicine as a substitute for traditional treatments, such as flanking or even of conventional therapies.

THE METHODS "NATURAL"

Very often we fall into the ambiguity that everything is "natural" does not hurt, or is it a remedy for bland. Recall that most of the commonly used drugs that consist of active ingredients that, at least in origin, are derived from herbs or medicinal plants, these ingredients are useful in the treatment of colds, but also in more severe pathologies, such as problems heart disease or gout. This is to remember that herbs contain active ingredients that can be very dangerous, sometimes they are real poisons (hemlock along the road seems harmless parsley), so it is always advisable to avoid taking herbal teas or without the advice of a professional , who is a doctor, a naturopath, pharmacist or herbalist. But when it comes to herbal extracts the council is to be as cautious as possible: essential oils and alcoholic extracts concentrate the active ingredients in medicinal plants, and should be consumed in doses and in the manner recommended by a professional, avoiding DIY treatment.

In fact, in many cases it is easy to buy essential oils and tinctures of plants of all kinds, often without getting the right advice on the dosage of these products, which can be very dangerous if used haphazardly.

 

 

M

Maize

Malva sylvestris

Mandrake (plant)

Marjoram

Masterwort

Matricaria chamomilla

Melaleuca alternifolia

Melissa officinalis

Mentha

Mentha aquatica

Mentha cervina

Mentha citrata

Mentha gattefossei

Mentha requienii

Mentha spicata

Mountain Pine

Mullein

Mustard

Myrica cerifera

N

Nicotiana

Nicotiana tabacum

Nigella sativa

Nonochton

Nutmeg

O

Oenanthe aquatica

Oenothera biennis

Olive

Opium poppy

P

Paliurus spina-christi

Papaver

Papaver rhoeas

Parsley

Passiflora

Peanut

Pennyroyal

Peppermint

Petroselinum hortense

Physalis peruviana

Pistacia lentiscus

Plantago psyllium

Polygala

Polygala vulgaris

Portulaca oleracea

Prunella vulgaris

Prunus spinosa

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Psychotria ipecacuanha

Pteridium aquilinum

Q

Quercus rubra

Quince

R

Radhuni

Raspberry

Rhamnus cathartica

Rhamnus frangula

Rheum (genus)

Rhus coriaria

Roselle (plant)

Rosemary

Rubus ulmifolius

Ruscus aculeatus

S

Saaz hops

Safflower

Saffron

Salix alba

Salix fragilis

Salvia

Salvia officinalis

Sambucus

Sambucus nigra

Savory (genus)

Schinus

Schinus molle

Sclerocarya birrea

Scots Pine

Sesame

Silene vulgaris

Silybum marianum

Sisymbrium officinale

Skunk (cannabis)

Solanum dulcamara

Sorbus torminalis

Southernwood

Specie di Juniperus

Spike lavender

St John's wort

Styrax benzoin

Sugarcane

Summer savory

T

Tamarind

Tanacetum balsamita

Tansy

Taraxacum officinale

Tarragon

Terminalia (plant)

Teucrium botrys

Teucrium marum

Teucrium montanum

Teucrium polium

Teucrium scordium

Teucrium scorodonia

Theobroma cacao

Thymus (genus)

Thymus capitatus

Thymus herba-barona

Thymus praecox

Thymus serpyllum

Thymus vulgaris

Tilia

Tobacco

Trachyspermum copticum

Turmeric

Tussilago farfara

U

Urginea maritima

V

Valerian (herb)

Vanilla planifolia

Viburnum tinus

Virola

Viscum album

Vitex agnus-castus

W

White widow (cannabis)

Willow

Winter savory

Withania somnifera

Y

Yerba maté

Z

Zedoary

Examples of plants used as medicine

A

Abies alba

Acacia nilotica

Aconitum napellus

Aesculus hippocastanum

Agrimonia eupatoria

Alfalfa

Alliaria petiolata

Allspice(Jamaica Pepper)

Almond

Alnus glutinosa

Aloe Vera

Alpinia officinarum

Althaea officinalis(Marshmallow)

Anadenanthera Colubrina Yopo

Angelica Archangelica

Angelica sinensis (Female Ginseng)

Anise

Apple mint

Artemisia (plant)

Artemisia absinthium(WORMWOOD)

Artemisia annua

Artemisia pontica

Artemisia tridentata

Artemisia umbelliformis

Artemisia vulgaris

Asafoetida

Atropa belladonna

B

Banisteriopsis caapi

Bauhinia forficata

Bay Laurel

Bergamot orange

Bitter orange

Black pepper

Boldo

Brassica juncea

Brassica napus

Brassica nigra

Bryonia dioica

Bunium persicum

Burdock

C

Calamintha nepeta

Cannabis

Cannabis sativa

Caper

Capsicum

Caraway

Cardamom

Carica papaya

Castanea sativa

Castanea sativa

Cayenne pepper

Centaurium erythraea

Chelidonium

Chenopodium bonus-henricus

Cinnamomum aromaticum

Cinnamon

Citrullus colocynthis

Clove

Cnicus

Coca

Coconut

Coffea arabica

Coffea canephora

Colchicum autumnale

Commiphora myrrha

Common Hogweed

Common Soapwort

Convolvulus arvensis

Coriander

Crataegus monogyna

Cubeb

Cumin

Curcuma

Cyclamen

Cynodon dactylon

D

Datura

Datura inoxia

Datura stramonium

Delphinium staphisagria

Digitalis

Digitalis ferruginea

Digitalis grandiflora

Digitalis lanata

Digitalis purpurea

Dill

Dioscorea communis

E

Echinacea

Echinacea purpurea

Elecampane

Eleutherococcus senticosus

Eucalyptus globulus

Euphorbia helioscopia

European Black Pine

F

Fennel

Fenugreek

Feverfew

Flax

Fragaria vesca

Fraxinus

Fraxinus excelsior

Fraxinus ornus

G

Garlic

Gaultheria procumbens

Génépi

Gentiana asclepiadea

Gentiana lutea

Gentiana pneumonanthe

Ginger

Ginseng

Glycyrrhiza

Greater burdock

Guaiacum officinale

Guarana

H

Hamamelis virginiana

Harmal

Harmine

Haze (cannabis)

Hibiscus

Hibiscus syriacus

Holly

Humulus lupulus

Hyoscyamus niger

Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis

I

Ilex aquifolium

Illicium verum

Ivy

J

Juglans regia

Juniper

Juniperus communis

Juniperus oxycedrus

Juniperus procumbens

Juniperus sabina

K

Kenaf

Kudzu

L

Larix decidua

Larix decidua

Lavandula angustifolia

Lavandula dentata

Lavandula multifida

Lavandula stoechas

Lavender

Lavender

Lemon

Lily of the Valley

Linum tenuifolium

Liquorice

Long pepper

Lovage

Lumia

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      susannah42 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Love to read about theses natural herbs.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      All great information and advice !

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      daffodil2010 

      7 years ago

      thanks

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      7 years ago from India

      wow nice hub

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