The practice of using herbal medicines dates back thousands of years. Today, the use of herbal supplements is common among consumers. These products are made from botanicals, or plants, and are used to treat diseases, and enhance general health and wellbeing.
Herbal medicine aims to return the body to a state of natural balance so it can heal itself. Different herbs act on different systems of the body. Some herbs that are commonly used in herbal medicine, and their traditional uses, include:
- Echinacea – echinacea stimulates the immune system and aids the body in fighting infections. It is commonly used to treat ailments such as boils and fever.
- Garlic – garlic reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of blood fats and cholesterol (a type of blood fat). The antibiotic and antiviral properties of garlic mean that it is also used to fight colds, sinusitis and other respiratory infections.
- Ginger In many studies ginger has shown to be useful in treating nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness
Most of us now live in a sea of electromagnetic pollution, coupled with a plethora of chemical pollutants which were completely alien to man 40 years ago. Add to this a dose of denatured food fast-tracked by technology and we have a heady mix a health problem waiting to happen. In short most people have too much of what they shouldn’t have in their bodies and not enough of what they should have.
The naturopath of today needs a very eclectic approach to meet these challenges and guide their patients back to vibrant health. Whilst never losing sight of the basic fundamentals of the nature cure, the modern-day naturopath might employ a raft of skills such as herbs, homoeopathy, Bach flower essences, acupuncture or biochemical supplementation to augment their work. These may be necessary to offset many of the suppressions brought about through living in our modern times.