Herbs For Health


Herbs have been used for health throughout the history of man, while in modern times pharmaceuticals have taken the place of herbs. Some may be unaware of the fact that a majority of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from natural sources such as (plants, fungi, bacteria, and vertebrates.) The difference with pharmaceuticals and herbs, is, in the case of pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds are extracted from the above mentioned natural sources, which then later go on to become the medicine or pharmaceutical drugs.

So where do herbs fit in these modern times and how does one go about using them to better one’s health. Its important to keep in mind that this article primary purpose is to outline the use of herbs to help accelerate the healing process and specifically layout which herbs help with particular ailments. Just like a miracle pill doesn’t exist that solves all problems, much in the same way, an herb will not cure your ailment, it must be used alongside a proper diet and exercise to see some improvement. I recommend, a detox diet along side an herbal supplement. Keep in mind, that you don’t combine herbs and take multiple different herbs, its important to stick to one for a period of time.


Herbs And Ailments


High Blood Pressure: Is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. The metric by which it is diagnosed is blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120. Along with a proper diet and exercise, these herbs can help with this condition.

Herbs:

- Cinnamon

- Garlic

- Ginger

- Bacopa Monnieri



Diabetis: Is a diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose). Diabetes can take many different shapes within the body but most common are, prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, and type 2. Each of these diabetes have different effects in the body. Pre-diabetes, is when glucose levels in the body are high, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas is producing inadequate amount of insulin or none at all. Type 2 diabetes, is a condition that affects the way the body process glucose in the blood. Along with a proper diet and exercise, these herbs can help with this condition.

Herbs:

- Bitter Melon

- Milk Thistle

- Gymnema Sylvestre

- Banaba




Arthritis: Is a condition that effects the joints and bones. The condition causes inflamation and stiffness in the joints. There are various varieties of arthritis and the severity varies from individual to individual. Since arthritis is an inflammatory condition, herbs that reduce inflammation in the body are highly effective. Along with a proper diet and exercise, these herbs can help with this condition.

Herbs:

- Turmeric

- Boswellia

- Ginger

- Eucalyptus

- Thuja Oil (for topical use only, not for consumption)





Kidney Disease: Is a condition that effects the kidneys ability to filter waste. Its important to note, the road to getting yourself well begins with getting your kidneys filtering again. Even if you are not diagnosed with kidney disease , its important to periodically go on a detox, this would help in strengthening your kidneys, adrenal glands, and lymphatic system. Along with a proper diet and exercise, these herbs can help with this condition.

Herbs:

- Parsley

- Dandelion Root

- Stinging Nettle Root

- Juniper Berries




Obesity: Is a condition in which the individual has excess body fat which results in various other health complications. Of all the diseases listed in this article, herbs will have the least amount of effect, instead exercise and a proper diet are advised . None the less, here are a couple of herbs that can assist with dealing with obesity.

Herbs:

- Cayenne Pepper

- Ginger

- Ginseng

- Turmeric

- Black Pepper




High Cholesterol: Is a condition in which there is high amounts of cholesterol in the blood, this makes it difficult for the blood in your body to move freely. Just like obesity, diet and exercise are at the forefront of helping this condition. None the less, here are a couple of herbs that can assist with dealing with high cholesterol.

Herbs:

- Garlic (Serves the purpose that aspirin would, in terms of helping thin the blood)

- Grape Seed

- Holy Leaf

- Artichoke Leaf Extract

- Yarrow




Heartburn/ Gastroesophageal Reflux(Acid Reflux): Is a condition that cause discomfort (burning sensation), in the chest area at times moving to the throat area depending on the severity. On the other hand acid reflux is a condition in which the stomach acid and bile irritate the lining of the esophagus. While heartburn and acid reflux are different conditions, all the herbs mentioned below will be of aid to both conditions. Along with a proper diet and exercise, these herbs can help with this condition.


Herbs:

- Ginger

- Chamomile Tea

- Milk Thistle

- Peppermint



Clinical Depression: Is a condition in which one is persistently in a depressed mood or in a state of unhappiness. This condition is best treated by observing one’s thoughts and moods, ideally you want to do this practice in a place where you can be alone and quiet. If its difficult to find some peace and quiet at home, feel free to try this practice at a park or a beach, the important thing is to be able to be aware of your thoughts and emotions without being distracted by external things. The purpose of this exercise of observing is to help identify the kind of thoughts that are creating a perpetual state of depression. Once you identify those thoughts, simply practice observing them in silence without being pulled into identifying with them. You will come to see that the very act of observation helps slow things down. With that in mind, here are a few herbs that, help with mood, and are a great aid.

Herbs:

- Rhodiola Rosea

- Holy Basil

- Brahmi

- Bhringraj

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