Help For First Time Herbal Medicine Users
For those new to the world of herbal medicine, herbal remedies and herbal therapy, the most extraordinary and tantalizing thing about herbs are their proven action and their incredible versatility. The effects of herbs are due in part to their active constituents. Active constituents are particular chemicals and combination of chemicals and oils that are present in each specific plant that works together synergistically to give the plant its specific therapeutic value.
Therapeutically, the goal of herbal medicine and herbal therapy is to help the body cleanse itself and heal naturally. In today’s society, we have become accustomed to magic bullets and instant fixes. Herbal remedies don’t function that way. Herbs work to feed the body the nutrients it needs so that our bodies can heal themselves.
Herbs Have Three General Functions In The Body:
1) they can be used to help the body eliminate or detoxify.
2) they can help the body “maintain” by counteracting physical symptoms, thus allowing the body to heal.
3) they can be used to help the body build or tone an organ.
Herbal Medicine & The Rule Of Healing
When working with herbal remedies, some people notice an improvement in symptoms within a few days of starting an herbal medicine program. Chronic health problems, on the other hand, often take longer to resolve themselves. As a general rule, you should allow the body a minimum of three months of working with herbal remedies to begin to correct itself.
Individuals suffering from long-term chronic conditions should stay on their herbal program for an additional month for every year they have experienced their health concern. So for example, if you’re working on a problem you’ve had for two years, give your body three months plus an additional two months to correct itself. This is just a guideline, but it does tend to put a bit of perspective on the use of herbs.
So while we have talked about using herbal therapies to help the body rebuild itself from chronic illnesses, herbal remedies can also be used to address a number minor health concerns that we may experience as part of our everyday lives. For example, herbs can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in the body. They can be used to kill the bacteria and viruses associated with the common cold or the flu. They can be used calm us down, speed us up and even spice up our sex life.
There is a vast amount of information online that discuss the nature and properties of herbs, herbal medicine, and herbal therapies but it you are unsure how to begin, it might be best to talk with a qualified health care practitioner who specializes in herbal medicine.
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