We’ve all seen those pharmaceutical commercials that contains that list of side effects. Side effects such as depression, suicidal thoughts, memory loss, birth defects, cancer, or just worsening of your illness in general! Your body deserves to be taken care of, especially when you’re sick! Those pharmaceutical drugs can only do so much good before you’re hit with side effects.
The best way to do good for your body is to give yourself wholesome ingredients ranging from foods to medications. Herbal Medicine is the best way to take care of your health as it is all natural and had been around since the start of medicine.
This blog will tell you 3 important reasons why you should incorporate herbal medicine into your health routine to avoid the worrying of whether a pharmaceutical drug will do you more harm than good.
Herbal medicine. Nature’s drugs, authentic, from the ground that we stand on, from ingredients you use everyday— Wait, you don’t know what herbal medicine is? Well let me tell you!
Herbal Medicine goes by many names such as medicinal herbs, phytomedicinals, and botanicals. These are plants that are being used as a whole or parts of them— leaves, seeds, etc— to provide medicinal and therapeutic properties.
You may have taken multiple medicinal herbs but you may not even know! Some examples of medicinal herbs is chamomile, ginger, ginseng, meadowsweet, tea tree oil, peppermint, and marijuana. Yes, marijuana is an herbal medicine but is only considered if used for medical uses and not recreational.
Caught your interest? Good, but let me give you all the more reasons to invest in herbal medicine!
Reason 1: Versatility
You like simplicity right? No clutter, no medicine cabinet filled to the brim, right? Who wouldn’t?! One of the best things about herbs is how versatile they are. If you find the right one, you can use it for almost everything!
Black Cumin (Nigella sativa) is the perfect example! With it being passed down from generation to generation, it has built a reputation of being able to treat a wide range of illnesses. Herbal specialist have even considered it an herb from heaven!
This scholarly article includes research that has tested its potency, toxicity, and its success to the most common ailments. It concludes that N. Sativa is effective in many ailments that include but not limited to chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, pain, and infections, airway disorders, and topical injuries like blisters, eczema and more!
One medicine to treat a majority of your illnesses? How’s that for a clean cabinet.
Reason 2: Side Effects
One of the biggest plusses to taking herbal medicine is the very small chances of being susceptible to adverse reactions. You should not have to fear that the medications you take for a certain illness will put you in harms way of obtaining another. If you only resort to pharmaceuticals, you may be in trouble. Here, let me give you an example.
I will use depression because not only is it a mental illness that is common, it is very relative today in our society— especially our youth.
The drug Citalopram is a popular antidepressant drug. This antidepressant has a long list of adverse effects including, “ suicidal tendencies, agitation, diarrhea, impotence, sinusitis, anxiety, confusion, exacerbation of depression (increase of severity), lack of concentration, tremor, vomiting, anorexia, and xerostomia (dry mouth)”
Scary, right? How else could you possibly treat depression? The answer is herbal medicine.
There are different herbs that have been effective in treating depression with the main one being St. John’s wort. This is an herb that increases the amount of serotonin in the body and is used commonly by Europeans to treat mild to moderate cases of depression. The herb have notably less severe side effects such as dry mouth, dizziness, and fatigue with anxiety being the only severe side effect.
You see the difference between the side effects each one can cause and Citalopram is definitely the most dangerous. This drug not only puts you at risk for more mental illness such as suicide, it is able to make your depression even worse!
While herbal medicine does not have the serious side effects that pharmaceutical drugs carries, it does not excuse the fact that there are potential risks with herbs. Not being educated in the herbs you want to take and the possibility of having it negatively react with your regular medications can make you susceptible to adverse effects.
I have included this article on the negative potentials of herbal medicine and what you can do to stay safe.
Reason 3: It Made What Modern Medicine is Today!
Okay, maybe you still aren’t convinced about the versatility and the lack of side effects of herbal medicine. Where do you think pharmaceuticals came from?! The beginning of medicine was traditional medicine that used phytomedicinals and botanicals as it’s medication. The most popular and well known pharmaceutical drugs are derived from herbs and their plant parts.
Herbal medicine has such an impact on the world of modern medicine that, “ Up to 25% of the world’s most commonly used pharmaceuticals were originally derived from plants.”
An example of a well known medication is penicillin. Known as the first antibiotic, it is produced from the byproduct of the mold Penicillium, to help fight infection.
Another plant is called foxglove which treats congestive heart failure. Active ingredients from the plant were used to make drugs to help control atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
These herbs make the medication that millions of people need everyday! Why not trust the plant as a whole and learn how to use it correctly to your benefit instead of getting the synthetic version and paying much more for it?
Now, I am not saying that all pharmaceutical drugs are bad and that you should riot to have them removed from our healthcare system— that would be stupid. Modern medicine has made a great impact on our society and has made cures for illnesses that we didn’t think we would be able to cure! But, we should trust in our herbs which is what leads us to having our greatest cures.
You should be in control of your health. Any medication that has made you contemplate whether or not you should risk getting the side effects or dealing with your illness is not the medicine you should be taking. Herbal medicine is here to let you have that alternative; furthermore, it not only combats the problem but makes your overall health better!
Start Now! To help you get started, check out this list of medical conditions that can be controlled with the use of herbal medicine. Now go out there and get on your herbal health grind!