November 22, 2016 4 min read

Before anything else, what exactly are herbal remedies? From a technical point of view, herbal remedies involve plants or parts of plants for use as all natural home remedies or natural health remedies. In some case, herbal remedies utilise a particular plant or part of a plant for its scent, natural healing properties, or its distinct flavour. Also, herbal remedies are commonly used as dietary supplements.

Herbal Dietary Supplements

These natural healing remedies can be consumed in the form of tablets, fresh leaves, dried leaves, essential oils, capsules, extracts, syrups, powders, teas, and more, dietary supplements play an important part of our overall nutrition diet.

Who Uses Natural Supplements?

In years gone by it was usually only the sick and needy that turned to herbal dietary supplements to stay healthy. Today as our workloads, social commitments and the pressure of parenthood compromise the amount of time we have to spend on ourselves, dietary herbal supplements help us get the valued nutrition that we need to stay healthy.

Why Exactly Are Herbal Remedies So Popular?

It is simple; herbal remedies are known to maintain and improve our health. Some scientists question this, and it's true there is very little scientific research either for or against the use of herbal supplements and vitamins.

Modern Medicine Verus Natural Supplements

But it is also a fact that until very recently these very plants, tonics, supplements and balms were the only real health care available, and still in some developing countries millions of people are still reliant on Ayurvedic and Traditional medicine as their primary health care system. 

Common herbs and supplements such as echinacea, cod liver oil, gingko, ginseng, coconut oil, eucalyptus, aloe vera are still as effective today as they have always been.

Yes, Modern Medicine Has A Place In The World!

Let me be clear, I am not calling modern medicine wrong in any way shape or form. The giant steps made by modern medicine over the past century is nothing short of amazing, life-saving procedures as well as restoring the quality of life to illness sufferers is marvellous. I am just saying it is not the be all and end all; there are practical alternatives available based on the principles of Traditional and Ayurvedic medicine.

Medical Risks

There are risks associated with almost every medical procedure, taking aspirin can prove fatal when taken in the wrong situations. Likewise, some people have extreme food allergies that mean their next meal could be their last.

Nature Against The Pharmacy

It has always been the belief of a significant number of individuals that herbal remedies that are labelled or categorised as "all natural" are safer that their pharmaceutical cousins. This may not always be the case, as some herbal remedies do not undergo the stringent testing procedures that pharmaceutically manufactured drugs do. However, many home remedies have been used for centuries without any documentation of their use ever being recorded; one such instance was the recent discovery of Acai berries in the Amazon.

Knowing Nature

It is crucial to steer clear from poisonous, and not go wandering in the garden picking and concocting potions based upon free internet research. To play it safe, it is a good idea to pick up a natural health remedies book and educate yourself on the different types of herbal remedies that are out there. Or better still visit a qualified Natural Medicine, Ayurveda or Traditional Medicine practitioner.

It is also important to disclose what type of herbal remedies you are consuming to a health practitioner, especially if you are receiving prescribed medication or even any over-the-counter medicinal products.

Menopause Herbal Remedies?

Currently, the most in-demand all natural health remedies today for menopause supplements. Menopause supplements can help one experience relief or respite from the many and varied symptoms of menopause. As a matter of fact, black cohosh is one of the most popular herbal remedies used for this purpose. Note that this should not be used by anyone with a liver problem. 

Natural Cures For Night Sweats

If night sweats seem to come around more often during this season of menopause, flaxseed may be able to be of assistance. Flaxseed contains a wealth of lignans that are known to equalise female hormones.

Wild Yam Hormone Therapy

If you would rather veer away from the use of hormone therapy (HRT) or hormone injections to relieve menopause symptoms you could try taking wild yams as they naturally rebalance hormone levels in the body. Wild yams are a real force of nature as their natural compounds can mimic the effects that oestrogen and progesterone have on the body.

Trying Different Natural Home Remedies

As with pharmaceutical medications natural supplements and home remedies aren't one treatment suits all cure. Your doctor may try several different antibiotics before he finds one who works with a particular ailment, and the same applies to natural remedies, you may have to try a couple before you find one that suits your body.

The Options Are Out There

As you can see, mainstream medicine is not your only option when it comes to different diseases and illnesses. Alternative medicine may be able to help you. It is also known as complementary medicine or integrative medicine.

Complementary Medicine

In some cases, complementary medicine can be used alongside mainstream medical techniques. At present, research tells us that almost 40 percent of adults have used complementary and alternative medicine at some point. Some of the therapies that are covered by those above include whole medical systems, energy medicine, mind-body medicine, manipulative practices, biologically based practices, and body-based practices.

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