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What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of naturally occurring, plant-derived substances for the treatment of illnesses. These products are mixtures of organic chemicals that come from any raw or processed part of a plant.

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Herbal medicine has its roots in many cultures around the world and is successfully being used for more than a thousand years. Each culture has its own style of herbal medicine, like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Indian Ayurvedic Medicine. The unique treatments used by herbalists will depend on the patient’s lifestyle, medical history, and nutrition.

Herbs contain naturally occurring chemicals having biological activity and compounds from plants. These chemicals are used to produce reliable pharmaceutical drugs. However, herbal medicine supports holistic treatment. It is believed that the prevention of disease is as equally important as the treatment for the particular disease. 

Types of herbal medicine

Herbal medicine comes in several forms and may be orally taken or applied externally.

Some herbal medicine that can be taken internally are:

Herbal medicine that are applied externally are:

  • baths
  • compresses
  • douches
  • poultices and plasters
  • oils
  • ointments
  • salves
  • wraps

What can herbal medicine treat?

Herbal medicine offers treatment for several health conditions that affect the body. Common conditions include:

  • Skin problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Heart and circulatory problems
  • Gynecological disorders

Other conditions that herbal medicine can treat include:

  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Headaches and medicine
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Colds and flu
  • Allergies
  • Hay fever and asthma

What are the benefits of herbal medicine?

Using herbal medicine is beneficial in achieving profound health transformation, without worries of the danger of the possible side effects of common drug-based medication.

Also, the following are other benefits of herbal medicine:

  • More affordable than conventional medicine
  • More accessible and attainable than prescription medicine
  • Holds beneficial, healing properties

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