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Herbal Health

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Herbal Health

May 3, 2017 Counseling Psychology General Health Healing 1
Herbal Health

Herbal Health

Active Ingredient

In Herbal Health Studies, a pharmaceutical drug (drugs produced synthetically) typically uses a synthesized version of a plant’s active ingredient.

Herbal Health practitioners and herbalist (someone that heals and cures using herbs and herbal science) maintain that an active ingredient can lose its impact or become less safe when it is used in isolation from the rest of the plant.

For example, Salicylic Acid is an active ingredient found in the plant Meadowsweet and it is used to make aspirin which can cause the lining of the stomach to bleed. Meadowsweet naturally contains other compounds that counteract the irritant qualities of salicylic acid – brings them out to fore.

According to herbal medicine, the effect of the whole plant  or active ingredient is greater than its parts.

Critics argue that the nature of herbal medicine/herbal health makes it difficult to administer a measured dose of an active ingredient and therefore have to be isolated and their component parts used separately.

Herbal Health

Active Ingredients

Uses for specific herbs:

Herbal Health functions to return the body to a state of natural balance and healthy state, so that it can start healing itself. Different herbs act on different systems of the body.

Some of the herbs or active ingredients that have been scientifically studied, and found to be effective and safe, include the following:

  • Echinacea–                                                                                                               Boosts the immune system and aids the body in fighting infection.    It is used for the treatment of ailments/malady like as boils, fever and herpes.   Echinacea is under investigation for its use in treating cancer and AIDS.
  • Dong quai (dang gui)–                                                                                             This is used for gynecological complaints, such as:                                     premenstrual tension and pain                                                                     Menopause symptoms and period pain.                                                           Some studies indicate that dong quai can lower blood pressure.

Garlic–                                                                                                                         Used to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood fats and cholesterol (a type of blood fat in the body)                                  The antiviral and antibiotic properties of garlic mean that it can also fight colds, sinusitis and other respiratory infections.

  • Ginger–                                                                                                                             Studies have shown that ginger can be useful in treating nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness.
  • Ginkgo biloba–                                                                                                                This herb is commonly used to treat poor blood circulation and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).                                                                                      Some studies have found that ginkgo biloba can be effective in treating neurological disorders, such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Ginseng–                                                                                                                      This is generally used for debility and weakness especially during recovery from illness and diseases.                                                                     It can be used to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels; however overuse of ginseng has been associated with increase in blood pressure.                                                                                                           Some studies have shown that ginseng can also boost immunity, improve mental functioning and speed the healing processes of the body.
  • Hypericum– St John’s Wort.                                                                                  Numerous studies have shown that hypericum is just as effective as some other synthetic antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression.                                                                                                  It is also effective for anxiety and insomnia.                                                   Research is also ongoing on hypericum’s antiviral properties and its effect on HIV/AIDS. Recent information suggests that hypericum can interact with a number of prescription drugs, including the oral contraceptive pill.

 

 

 

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