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|Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:47 am Post subject: Herbal medicine
|Herbal medicine has been practiced for as long as humans have been around. It was the only form of physcial medicine (except for acupuncture), available until the last century. When it was discovered that the active ingredient of an herb or chemical could be isolated, and in may cases reproduced in a lab, medicine went from treating the patient to treating the symptoms. While this has been a good thing if extreme measures were call for, it further seperated us from nature and Her gifts. It also upset the balance of nature both externally and within our own bodies. Externally, the focus of the last fifty years has been, "satisfy our wants and needs now and we will figure out how to fix it later. After all, we have science!" The toll of that attitude on our environment and quality of life is easy to see. Internally more and different diseases have been seen in the last century than in any previous thime in history. Cancer affects 1/3 or our population. Allergies and sensitivities are now more the norm then not. In focusing on the one goal, we missed the picture. Herbal medicine, combind with good food, free of unbalancing chemicals and a healty mental state, would put us back in balance with nature, which will have to happen if we are going to survive on this planet for much longer.
The major thing to remember about herbal medicine is, although there are some very powerful herbs out there, most work gently with your system, not against it. The upshot of this is that taking herbs will generally not give you the immediate feeling of something being fought off. Rather, you will just notice that your overall health has improved, and that any extremes of health and or emtion will have become less extreme. Preventative herbal medeicine, such as an herbal multivitamin, will keep your system at is optimum. Sickness is much less likely to occur, and when it does, your system will correct the imbalance more quickly. Your body is smarter than you think it might be. When you take a vitamin, especially without food, your body doesn not think the vitamin is digestible, so it passes it through without fully breaking it down. So while your multivitamin may be full of all these keen vitamins, you can't use most of them. Herbal vitamins are food, however, so they can be optimized fully.
It is important, if your are really going to get into herbal medicine, to have at lease 2 different books to draw reference from and one of the books should be a recent book. Different books will say different things, so you should compare different sources to get a reliable opinion. Discoveries, both good and bad, are constantly being made about herbs, so it is good th have something recent with all the latest information.
This is a reprint of an article written on 11/8/98