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Herbal Medicine - Why Are We Still Fascinated By Herbalism?
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In our days, the pharmaceutical industry can take care of our need for medicine. However, until lately, it was the apothecary himself who would make the mixtures and pills for his customers. Earlier again, it was the wise women and men who would pick and treat the right herbs.

Anyway, since we have all those chemical fabrics making all the medicine we could ever dream of, why are so many still fascinated by herbal medicine?

Herbal Medicine Is Natural

One of the arguments for using herbal drugs is that it's natural. You know that if you drink a cup of camomile tea for your tooth-ache then you're not taking in any weird E-numbers as well. You only have flowers steeped in hot water for a short period of time. Could it be more natural?

Absolutely not. However, opponents of herbal drugs would rightfully claim that you cannot measure the exact amount of the active ingredients in the herb. If you take one pill against pain, you can read on the box exactly how many micrograms it contains of the active stuff, as well as all that has been put in as well to keep the pills fresh, and to keep them formed as a pill, etc.

The price of going natural seems to be the lack of precision. So you should always make sure that you're not getting near any dosis that could harm your health. Be informed about the herbs you use.

Herbal Medicine Works

Another argument for why we still today use herbal medicine is that it works.

The plants and herbs we use for herbal drugs have been used for centuries. Our ancestors started the work of exploring what herbs worked for this health problem, and what herbs worked for that. The wise men and women of that time probably only took a slight taste of the herb to define the category (bitter, sweet, taste), and to get an idea about what problem it would solve. Over time, they discovered the hidden secrets of the plants, and we still have knowledge of their wisdom.

Luckily, a lot has been written down, and you can see evidence of herbs used for curing diseases in the Bible, as well as in ancient Egypt and Chinese scripts.

Herbal Medicine Brings Up Our Inner Child

While the above two arguments

1: Herbal medicine is natural

2: Herbal medicine works

are arguments based on pure logic, the third one, "herbal medicine brings up our inner child" is an emotional one.

And it's totally undocumented, too.

However, there's something so satisfying in mixing your own brew against a common cold, and wake up the morning after, cured, knowing that YOU did it, and that you can help your family and friends as well.

It's like being a child again, mixing all the ingredients for a cake, bake it, and serve it proudly to the family. This time, you're simply mixing herbs into herbal medicine, and your cookie can help instead of just taste good.

Street Talk

Good Article Britt, I have had enough success with herbal remedies that I purchased a Medicinal Guide from National Geographic. It is well done.

  about 1 decade ago

Thanks, Jim - Oh, I didn't know that National Geographic had made a Medicinal Guide? I must get it :)

  about 1 decade ago

I highly recommend it. As I mentioned, it is well done, has a vast amount of historical and background info, as well as many tips on growing herbs. As usual NG has also filled it with some beautiful photography.

  about 1 decade ago
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