Herbal medicine (FAQ) – what should you know?
History of herbal medicine through the eye of a comedian
You could say that medicine is science as old as this world. Its practices changed with the successive eras.
Her story could be presented a bit satirically like this:
“I have a sore throat”
2000 BC: Eat this root.
1200 AD: This root is a devil’s tool, say a prayer!
1500 AD: This prayer is a figment, drink this potion!
1800 AD: This potion is snake venom, take this pill.
1900 AD: That pill doesn’t work, take that antibiotic!
2000 AD: This antibiotic is synthetic, eat this root …
History comes full circle and we can see that the best drugs come from nature. It took four thousand years for humans to understand. The civilization circle has come full circle and we have returned to the starting point – herbal medicine and the holistic approach. There is nothing above nature, above the spring!
What are herbs?
From a scientific point of view, herbs are herbaceous botanicals with an unstable structure, i.e. delicate above-ground parts, soft and, at best, slightly woody.
They are divided into annuals and perennials (the so-called perennials). This is what textbooks say about herbs, and what do people say? For us, herbs are a cure for all ills, and herbalists are often perceived as magicians.
Because despite all these research and experiments, nature is still a mystery to us, it can surprise us by surrounding us with its protective arms.
Do all herbs have healing properties?
Plants can heal as well as harm. Only a qualified person, doctor or herbalist, can dose them and prescribe them as therapeutic therapies.
Nevertheless, medicinal herbs are abundant, when used properly – they bring the desired results.
Who can heal with herbs?
Nature can take care of her children, so even animals know how to use the healing power of herbs. For example, lowland gorillas, feeling some pain, go to “sanatoriums” – wet meadows, full of soothing plants, eat soil rich in minerals. Even ancient man discovered the valuable effects of plants. In the beginning, monks and priests had the greatest knowledge in this field. They spent most of their time learning about nature, growing herbs in monasteries, then in gardens and homes.
Currently, the art of herbal treatment is the privilege of natural medicine doctors, herbalists who took over the knowledge of their ancestors by studying books and oral transmissions. It is them that we can care for without fear and anxiety.
Natural medicine was widely practiced in the villages – to this day there are many healers in the folk culture who deal with herbal medicine.
What should you remember when undergoing a herbal treatment?
- There is one overriding principle – HERBS ARE DRUGS, and although they are not enclosed in capsules or sprays and sealed with a long label, we absolutely cannot experiment with them. Any such “games” can end up with serious damage to your health and even death.
- Remember that every organism is different, everyone can react differently to active substances present in plants. If we want to avoid poisoning and allergies, do not act hastily by taking herbs.
- As the old saying goes – too much is unhealthy. It also applies to the dosage of herbs, never exceed the recommended dose! Sometimes it can even happen that an excess of herbs causes unwanted side effects.
- We should not choose herbs ourselves if we are not 100% sure about their effects.
- We should not give herbs to children or pregnant women if we have not consulted it with a doctor.
- Do not buy herbs from unsafe places, only do it at a pharmacy or doctor.
- If you collect and dry herbs yourself, do not collect unknown plants, remember that guesswork and heard knowledge can only harm you. A perfect example here is the plant – Sosnowski’s Borscht, which looks inconspicuous and is a deadly poison that ensures death in great pain, swelling, non-healing wounds – and it is enough to TOUCH it! Let this be a warning to “Sunday” herbalists.
- Do not store dried herbs in the room where you sleep! First of all – THINK about yourself, your health, have your imagination! Hide them from children!
- Do not use narcotic or hypnotic herbs – such herbs can only be taken after consulting a specialist doctor, their action must be strictly controlled.
- Respect the fruits of nature, choose plants carefully and wisely. Don’t waste them, don’t tear them out if you don’t need them.
- Don’t believe in magic, believe in nature.
What form are herbal medicines in?
We can take herbs in many forms, including:
- as infusions,
- in the form of dried, shredded parts,
- burning them and incense with the resulting smoke,
- as cut rhizomes, intended for chewing,
- in the form of medicinal tinctures – very popular and effective,
- during herbal baths,
- during inhalation,
What diseases can be cured with herbs?
Plants are an integral part of this planet. It is natural that their diversity means that they contain all the created compounds. Therefore, properly selected herbal therapy is able to heal any disease. This is what our ancestors did, they learned about the properties of herbs, and then used them for utility purposes, as medicines, food, material for building a shelter, etc.
However, it should be remembered that you need to know herbs. Some of them have a double power, compounds that can be not only a drug, but also a powerful poison. Only an educated herbalist is able to direct their actions to bring about the desired results
Herbs will cure diseases:
- circulatory system (heart problems, varicose veins, congestion, atherosclerosis)
- respiratory system (asthma, runny nose)
- intestines, digestive system,
- liver, bile ducts and pancreas
- the urinary system (kidney stones, inflammation)
- metabolism (constipation, diarrhea)
- locomotor organs (cracking heels, ulcerations)
- allergic (allergies, product intolerances)
- female (menstrual cramps, problems with menopause)
- old age
- skin (eczema, psoriasis)
- throat, nose, larynx and ears
- oral cavity (inflammation, angina, purulent lesions)
- eyes (burning, conjunctivitis)
- neurological (neurosis, depression, anxiety, balance disorders)
What does herbal medicine do?
It is a comprehensive science that deals with learning about the properties of plants from all over the world and their healing properties. Herbs can heal but also kill. Those who knew their power – used it, e.g. The Indians poisoned the arrows, which made hunting easier, former politicians eliminated their enemies with poisons – e.g. Socrates was poisoned with hemlock.
Herbal medicine was not always understood as medicine, during the Inquisition, wise women were burned at the stake, herbalists treating people. The precursors of medicine ended up being burned at the stake because the authorities used to persuade ordinary people that the healing power of these “witches” came from the devil.
Is it true that there are “herbs for love”?
Yes, nature has also created plants that strongly affect our sexuality. Such a legendary, famous herb is lovage. As herbalists say, it strengthens love and affects potency. In the old days, women used to add it to the drinks of knights for special favors.
Well, there is a grain of truth in every legend, but only those who have experienced this magic know how it really is with love and herbs.
Is it true that herbs from the Far East (Mongolia, Japan, China) are more valuable for healing?
Yes, because they come from unpolluted areas, from the cradle of herbal medicine. Many unique species occur there in natural conditions, such as ginseng – a panacea for all ailments.
If you want to buy the highest quality medicinal herbs from the Far East – see the offer of the Tibetan-Mongolian Medicine Cabinet, professor Enkhjargal Dovchin (Enji). She is a professor of natural medicine, an outstanding herbalist (she was taught by the best Buddhist monks), and an acupuncturist.
How many species of medicinal plants have been discovered so far?
The variety of nature is enormous, as there are over 450,000 higher plants on Earth, and only about 15% of them have been studied. In this way, about 20,000 medicinal herbs have already been discovered, which applies to many countries. Unfortunately, only 1,884 are described in the books, of which 230 plants in Poland alone.
Far East natural medicine uses not only the described plants, but also uses the knowledge of monks who for generations pass on knowledge about herbalism unknown to the books. Professor Dovchin was taught by the monks, so her knowledge in this field goes beyond the textbooks.
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Herbs for beauty – what kind?
Already in antiquity, the mighty used herbs to improve their beauty, take care of the image, heal their shortcomings. For this purpose, herbal baths were prepared, infusions with plant leaves, rhizomes or dried flower petals.
Currently, a significant part of cosmetics is also based on herbal extracts, they are a thousand times more valuable than their artificial counterparts. Herbs are helpful in the care of all skin types: dry, oily or combination.
Our body is part of nature, we are its fruit – nature knows what is for us the best.
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