• Renu Joshi, Ph. D.

How Herbal Medicines can Help You Improve Your Health Sustainably

Updated: Apr 6, 2018

Green medicines i.e. herbal medicines and nature-based remedies to cure a variety of health issues of mankind have been practiced for centuries. There are evidences of ancient practices for ailments in various parts of civilization and many of them still prevail either by documented practice e.g. Ayurveda or by following traditional methods. Such alternates to modern medical practices provide viable treatment choices to thosewho are very sensitive to allopathic medications or can't afford big expensive treatments. Very importantly, herbal medications and remedies focus on treating and preventing root causes of the problems, not just symptoms. Such medicines require using herbal extracts and plants to provide effective and safe remedies. Western physicians are beginning to suggest alternative remedies those are natural too. For instance, options for kidney stones patients are to try precise medications and observe effects and if it doesn’t cure, go for surgery. However, it is recognized that lemon is most effective in breaking down stones. Phytotherapy or herbalism, as it's also known, is now used frequently in lieu of Western medicines. Such methods, as mentioned above, date back to ancient civilization and are still practiced in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines. Herbal medicines practice is much older than Western medication and has quite a few long-standing remedies and treatments that have lasted for centuries since they work on symptom and actual cause because plants and herbs contain compounds those balance the body overall.   Herbal treatments range from remedies for diabetes, cancer, and colds. These methods follow natural healing as the herbal medication works with the natural self-healing capacities of the body; it enhances healing to fasten the recovery process.

It is worthwhile to mention that herbs act as a catalyst to activate glands to balance hormones by initiating bodily hormone production. The hormones play a role of a signal to tell your body to increase or reduce respective biological functions. Many herbalremedies have a set of principles to follow to enhance these hormonal capabilities to work while curing the root cause. For example, whilst the individual increasing their lemon water consumption to reduce kidney stones is treating stones, they also automatically eliminate foods those may allow kidney stones to be produced.  

The underlying principle of green medicines is to exploit your own body in its recovery. As it turns out, herbs strengthen your own immune system functioning to build your own body’s defenses naturally. Building an immunity system that's stronger while bringing a holistically regulated diet improves metabolism that leads to optimal absorption of nutrients from your own diets.

Once people begin with such healthy lifestyle, there comes a natural inclination away from fast or processed food. While processed food may disturb the body health by interfering with its capability to take nutrition, good wholesome nutrition improves therapy while strengthening the body’s overall immunity system. It is also said that Food is Medicine and green medicines follow exactly the same philosophy.

Renu Joshi, Ph. D.
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