Relief with Herbal Remedies
Q- What is herbal therapy and should a person undertake it as
a self-help therapy?
NO. Herbal therapy or herbalism is basically botanical medicine.
It is the use of herbs.
is using herbs, fruits
and vegetables for their therapeutic or medicinal value. An
herb is a plant or part of a plant for either medicinal,
or savory or eating the your food.
body takes in the chemical substances from these plants not only
to aid in
your diet but
to you aid you in times of disease. When did this all
start? It began when man started eating shrubs and how certain
helped when certain things were going on.
world health organization estimates that about half the world’s
population use some form of herbal treatment. On top of that,
the pharmaceutical companies are
working hard on 110-130 plants that they are making their medicines
in some form or another. One of the frontline heart
medicines comes from foxglove. They found out that you cannot
digitalis to make something else from it or you
will kill somebody.
What are some of the typical things that people can use herbal
For controlling pain, asthma, high blood pressure, low blood
pressure and respiratory problems.
There are several
colds, skin conditions and stomach problems.
If you are having a lot of problems with your
can use cinnamon for diarrhea; peppermint can
be used for clearing your nasal passages,
peppermint oil. If you are having problems with asthma
you can use true
camphor will open up your passages and lungs
like Vicks vapor rub
can also be used on your arthritic joints because it blocks the
pores and causes
heat to build
up to that part
of the body your body increases the blood
flow thereby dilating all the veins and with all
the blood flowing
to cool it down but also more blood flow
brings in more oxygen and that
is what breaks down the lactic acid.
What should someone look for when they go shopping for herbs?
Try not to get too exotic and ask questions. State what it is
that is going on with your
body, and ask
for that malady.
Since before the Crusades, the plant that
became known as St. Johns Wart has been used for depression
it was used
help wounds heal and getting over trauma
and stopping bleeding.
Q- It sounds like herbal therapy is not something that someone
should attempt on their own.
If you are going to self-medicate and do the herbal remedies
then you need to do
your homework. If someone is suffering from low blood pressure
or they have anemia and they are down they will prescribe ginseng.
someone is on Cumadin it can thin the linings of your veins and
arteries and if you get increased blood pressure from taking
ginseng or garlic or ginger you could blow out a vein. Ginseng
can over stimulate you and keep you from sleeping. So you don’t
want to drink a lot of coffee and take ginseng. There are also
some herbs that shouldn’t be taken by women for long periods
need to be aware of a garlic and Cumadin mix because Cumadin
actually came from the industry that created rat poison and
because of their little body structure it would make their
and they would bleed out and then they found out the Cumadin
could make your blood thin out to where it acts as rubbing
clots or build up in the vein walls, it will work on fatty
garlic does the same thing. Pure garlic or the capsules but if
you take Cumadin, garlic cannot be in your diet. Err
on the side of caution and eliminate all garlic.
has anti-clotting properties on it’s own, however
vitamin K is what causes your blood to coagulate, Cumadin
destroys vitamin K. That is what causes people to bleed out and
to inject you with things that are going to force your
blood to clot. Now garlic, which is a natural component, will
with vitamin K by staving it off it doesn’t destroy
it from your system.
What is vitamin K responsible for in your body?
Vitamin K is what helps your blood coagulate. It is what helps
your blood to clot so you don’t bleed out.
what should someone look for if they are looking for an herbalist?
First you need to check out their credentials then the next important
thing is to see how “people orientated” they
What kind of credentials should a potential herbalist be able
to share with them?
A- There are various naturopathic schools around
the country. Again how people orientated this person
and what their
views are on