HERBS AND MEDICINAL PLANTS
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.
Specie di Juniperus
St John's wort
White widow (cannabis)
Examples of plants used as medicine
European Black Pine
Lily of the Valley