Herbal Supplements – Helping to Heal
Though herbal remedies have been around pretty much since the beginning of time, the medical and scientific communities’ interest in them is relatively new. For centuries herbalists have been aware that their herbal preparations have innumerable health benefits.
Now the herbal remedies they’ve been prescribing all along are gaining respect in the medical community and the scientific community has been able to standardize and mass produce herbal supplements for availability to the population at large. All the while research into the healing powers of herbs continues to expand.
How Can it Help
A single herbal supplement can be used to treat a variety of ailments, just as a single ailment may be treatable with a wide variety of herbs. For example, PMS and menstrual symptoms may be alleviated by the following herbs: Agnus Castus, Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Feverfew, ginger, kelp, yarrow, etc. Depression is another condition which can be helped by several herbs such as Agnus Castus, Evening Primrose, St John’s Wort, etc.
The therapeutic uses of the herb Echinacea include skin problems, bacterial and viral infections and cold and flu prevention. While a Gingko Boloba supplement can, among other things, promote circulation, reduce the severity of asthma attacks and improve mental functioning in the aged.
Because herbs are “nature’s supplements” many people believe they are 100% safe and that herbs and herb supplements can be taken in any quantity, for any reason. The fact is, self-medicating with herb supplements is a bad idea since herbs can have side effects just as conventional medicine can.
A physician should be consulted before embarking on a regimen of herbs or
attempting an herbal remedy. Then an experienced herbalist can suggest which
herb supplement or combination of supplements you may need.