Herbs

Herbal medicine is the use of plants and plant extracts to treat disease. Herbs have been used for their medicinal and therapeutic properties for centuries. In fact, herbal medicine is one of the foundations of modern medicine, with a quarter of modern drugs starting out as herbal therapies.

Modern pharmaceutical drugs only contain what they consider the ‘active’ ingredient, or the part of the herb that provides the medicinal benefit. Herbalism on the other hand utilises the whole plant, either in the form of the root, bark, seed or flower for example. The use of the whole plant, active ingredient as well as ‘inactive’ ingredients, is thought to play an important role in the overall synergy, with each of the ingredients tying together to perform a more profound overall effect.

Today, however, herbal medicine is considered part of alternative medicine and despite their powerful potential to treat disease and enhance general health and well-being the mainstream often debunks the benefits of herbalism. It is true that all herbs shouldn’t be considered safe just because they’re natural. However there is extensive research and evidence into the benefits of many common medicinal herbs, which offer the therapeutic benefits without many of the harmful side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Common herbal supplements include, Echinacea for colds and flu and St. John’s wort for depression.

Fortunately, there are some mainstreamer’s that are cottoning onto the benefits of herbal medicine. According to Dr. Roberta Lee, medical director of the Continuum Centre for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York City, herbs and other natural remedies can be just as effective as traditional treatments, often without the same negative side effects. Even today, the World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the world’s population still relies upon herbal medicine for their first line of treatment.

Explore the Daily Health’s Herbs archive to discover all the wonderful healing benefits of herbalism – 80% of the world’s population can’t be wrong!

Latest Articles in Herbs

Oregano

Oregano can heal everything from urinary to fungal infections

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is usually thought of as a culinary herb used primarily in Italian, Greek and Mediterranean cooking, but it has also been used for many centuries as a me...

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back pain, lower back pain, muscle pain, chronic pain, pain relief

Willow Bark Extract Effectively Treats Back Pain

When you have back pain, it affects everything you do. Everyday activities like carrying shopping or walking around the block can become a major challenge. The mainstream offers N...

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ginkgo

Sensational Headlines Distort Ginkgo Biloba Facts

Last year I told you about a widely reported study that found ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) to be ineffective in enhancing memory or cognitive functions. Many news reports treated t...

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lemon balm

Lemon Balm Helps Boost Your Memory

Recent research findings have unveiled a new, and what could easily be considered an even greater, health-related benefit attached to  Melissa officinalis - a common garden plant,...

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Achillea Millefolium

Achillea Millefolium – Antiseptic And Anti-inflammatory

Achillea millefolium - a perennial flowering plant that is related to chamomile and has been highly prized by traditional healers for centuries for its wide range of medicinal prop...

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arthritis, gum disease, oral health

Understanding Chronic Mouth Ulcers

I have a friend who is as fit as a fiddle, yet he tends to gets large painful mouth ulcers sporadically. Some of these 'canker sores' are sometimes so large and tender that it stop...

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multivitamins

It’s Crunch-Time For Alternative Medicine

Many of our regular readers will know that plans to implement stringent European (EU) Regulations on natural remedies, came into effect in April this year. The European Food Safety...

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eczema

Eczema: Start Taking These Natural Measures To Help Banish The Torment

Eczema comes from a Greek word meaning 'to boil over' - a feeling which will be all too familiar to anybody who has been driven to despair by the intense itching this distressing s...

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herbs, varicose veins

The herbal formula from Tibet that helps ease leg pain

When occasional leg pain turns into a chronic, daily problem, this presents a red flag that something more serious may be going on. Intermittent claudication is a painful conditio...

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