Humans have been using the natural environment to heal our wounds and treat ailments since the beginning of time. The first natural treatment of healing the skin from bug bites and sun burns was creek bank mud. Something we still use today to clean the skin and medicate the pours of the skin. As hunter and gathers we have learned to survived on what nature provided. The Chinese have used natural herb medicine for thousands of years before the recorded it's use in 2800 BC. The Greeks were the true believers in what Hippocrates wrote about diet, exercise and overall happiness was the foundation of true wellness. So the foundation of natural herbal medicine is thousands of years old.
In the beginning most herbal medicine was taken in raw plant form or used to make hot soups. As the knowledge of which plants were good for medical purposes , the plants were dried and crushed to increase their potency. The various parts of natural plants collected for use in making of medicine include the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots. Most plants were picked for use was because of the shape resembled the body parts or the various superstitions of the plants power.
There have been thousands of medical trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of some herbal remedies. St Johns Wort was reported as being just as effective at treating depression as some pharmaceutical antidepressants. Other herbal remedies such as garlic and ginger have been claimed to help with all sorts of problems from high cholesterol and heart disease to digestive complaints. There are many research papers that show positive effects but also some that show the research to be inconclusive.The key to any herbal remedies is finding the underlining health problems to treat. Always tell your physician the medicines you are taking to prevent bad reactions with other medications. The more information you can find on your conditions to make better decisions on your treatments. Most of the conventional pharmaceuticals we take today have their roots in herbal medicine. One herbal remedy for fever gave us aspirin extracted from willow bark. While a plant used to treat chest complaints was developed into the asthma drug salbutamol. Once scientists had started extracting the active ingredients from the plants. Digoxin a widely prescribed the heart drug is derived from the poisonous foxglove and quinine. Once used to treat malaria and an ingredient in tonic water originally came from the cinchona bark. The painkiller morphine was first extracted from the opium poppy. Most pharmaceuticals have a natural plant connection where the active ingredients
Probably no culinary plants have been neglected during the last 50 years been so much as natural herbs. With the invention of the "ready-to-serve" foods in the grocery stores, home cooked meals have slowly disappeared. With all the unnatural additives in the food supply, the nation is facing an obesity problem.
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