History Of Herbal Medicine


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Introduction:

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Herbal medicines are made from plants. Herbs are still being used to cure many illnesses, relieve pain, or just help with everyday life. Herbal medicines are generally safe to take if the right ones are taken correctly. Herbal medicine is also called herbal remedies, homeopathy, pharmacy medicine, essential oils, and natural medicine.

History:

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Herbs have been used in China for over 4000 years. Herbal remedies were used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Herbal medicine has long been thought to have health benefits. Herbal treatment is considered a holistic alternative method of treating people because it treats the whole person rather than just the illness or condition they have. Herbs are also an important source of many drugs used today including acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), codeine, colchicine (from “Colchicum autumnale”), digitalis (from “Digitalis purpurea” and other species), morphine, quinidine, reserpine (from Indian snakeroot; Chinese snakewood; South American coral bark), rauwolfia serpentina; taxol (derived from yew, Pacific yew, and Japanese yew); and vinca alkaloids (e.g. vinblastine). Herbs have been used as the basis of many systems of traditional medicine.

Popularity:

Herbal medicine has grown in popularity and use. Traditional herbal medicines can be highly effective and safe if they are used correctly and by a knowledgeable person who understands the correct applications for each herb or combination of herbs. Herbal medicine is popular because it is relatively cheap compared to buying regular pharmaceutical drugs at a doctor’s office and over-the-counter substances that don’t need a prescription. Herbal remedies can also contain chemicals that may be harmful to some people during certain times of pregnancy or medical conditions such as epilepsy, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, heart disease, etc. Herbs have changed over time to become safer while still being just as effective in treating the same conditions or illnesses they were used for in the past. Herbal remedies work as effectively as most pharmaceutical medicines for most conditions.

Benefits of Herbal Medicine:

Herbs can be taken by mouth, placed on the skin, and even inhaled to deliver their benefits to treat a condition or give relief from symptoms. Herbal medicine also has many uses that may not involve treating an illness and instead could simply be used for relaxation and stress reduction or perhaps relieve some of the symptoms of an illness like pain or inflammation. Herbal medicines are created with different methods based on what they intend to be used for so each herb must be researched before taking it at all times. Herbal remedies have been found to help prevent certain medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, AIDS/HIV infection, osteoporosis (bone loss), Herpes, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke. Herbal medicine has also been used to help treat certain medical conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure (hypertension), arthritis, migraines headache pain, asthma, bronchitis, menstrual cramps caused by contractions of the uterus during menstruation that can cause mild to severe discomfort in some women; other symptoms could be bloating or swelling of the abdomen along with nausea and vomiting (morning sickness associated with pregnancy). Herbs are also used for depression and anxiety relief.

Conclusion:

Herbal medicine is a popular alternative to traditional medication because it does not have any negative side effects, Herbs also tend to work better than regular medications because there aren’t any negative side effects since only natural chemicals will be absorbed into the body without any risk of overdose or chemical poisoning from ingesting too much. Herbal remedies are relatively cheap compared to buying pharmaceutical drugs at a doctor’s office and over-the-counter substances that don’t need a prescription. Herbs can do many things such as help with digestion, increase energy levels, soothe pain, reduce inflammation and swelling, lower blood sugar for diabetics, speed up healing time in wounds among others. Herbs should never be used during an emergency as they could cause more damage than good if the correct treatment is not received right away.

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