Herbal Gardening - Medicinal Herbs
Some herbs have, in actual fact, been used for thousands of years to help treat a number of conditions.
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| Few subjects are discussed more
scientifically using pure junk science as a starting point than in the
advertisements for herbal medicines. Near miraculous claims are made
for totally useless, or useful herbs, which haven't been tested or
substantiated. That having been said, some herbs have, in actual fact,
been used for thousands of years to help treat a number of conditions.
Here are a few herbs that have been examined by universities and
leading research firms, along with some of their possible benefits and
Chamomile is an herb made from the dried flower of the plant of the
same name. Most who know of it only know it is used to make a tea that
is both tasty and safe. It has a soothing effect and can be used as a
It has been claimed that chamomile can reduce inflammation and fever
though this hasn't as yet been proved. Some studies suggest that
compounds in chamomile can inhibit certain bacteria linked to stomach
ulcers. But these results are inconclusive as well.
It is important to note that some individuals may be allergic to the
pollen of this daisy-like flower, but, for most of us, the herb is safe
even if not quite the miracle cure it is sometimes believed to be.
Echinacea is a perrennial which contains a number of substances that
have been well studied by various researchers. It has been used to
treat upper respiratory problems produced by colds. It's sometimes
thought to help the immune system. Unfortunately, none of the claims
made for it have been completely validated by competent research.
On the other hand, some studies have suggested that Echinacea can help
reduce the duration of colds and ease symptoms.
Others seem to have shown that it can reduce the frequency of catching
colds. These claims are hard to prove, however, since there are so many
factors that are operative whenever someone gets a cold, but at least
the herb is generally thought to be safe. Heck, if nothing else, it
might be a good placebo. Those seem to work for some people.
Warning: Individuals with diabetes are cautioned to seek the advice of
a physician before taking Echinacea, however.
A bushy perrennial, feverfew does contain the active ingredients
parthenolide and glycosides that many believe may help in the treatment
of inflammation and migraines. There is some support for the notions,
since feverfew does tend to reduce clotting effectiveness.
But, as with almost any treatment, natural or otherwise, there are some
potential side effects, such as skin inflammation and mouth ulcers.
Heart rate can be raised and it can interact with drugs taken for
migraine. It may reduce the absorption of iron.
The jury is still out on this one.
An ancient herb, used in China and India for thousands of years,
Ginseng is derived from the ginseng plant and used in hundreds of
forms. Studies seem to suggest it reduces blood sugar levels and
increases HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the "good" cholesterol.
Though considered safe and likely to do no harm, there is no
evidence that it can actually enhance sexual
performance. However in this area a placebo is often as
good as an actual active ingredient.
Sometimes, if you think you can, you can. Also, don't forget:
Use it or lose it!
Ginseng has compounds similar to estrogen, though, and pregnant or
breastfeeding women should avoid taking it. Asthma
attacks have been induced in some people by taking large quantities.
Also, it can reduce
blood sugar levels to unhealthily low levels.
Bottom line? Well, anyone seeking to use herbs as medicine
should try to get the best information possible before risking his or
her health. There is much anecdotal evidence, based on thousands of
years of use, that some can be beneficial. But, it's difficult to
evaluate those experiences objectively. Proceed with care.
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