Lifestyle » Vol. 6

Herbal Remedies

By Linnea Sheldon

Many cultures have been using herbal remedies and medicinal teas for centuries. The idea of all natural remedies has been catching on here in the states as a green and healthy way to cure common ailments and help prevent sickness and disease more gently than many pharmaceutical treatments, and without harsh side effects. Much of the evidence supporting the use of taking herbs and teas comes from the fact that both have been trusted in Asia for thousands of years. As an ancient Chinese proverb states, “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”

Tea, as we all know, is an infusion made by steeping dried leaves from plants, roots, herbs, spices, or fruit in hot water; it can be caffeinated or decaffeinated, in loose form or pre-bagged. In modern day China it is easy to find stores that sell these remedies and naturopathic doctors who can prescribe the right herbs and teas to their customers. And now herbal remedies and teas are becoming more readily available in the United States as the evidence of their benefits grows.

Teas and herbal remedies have been used to prevent or treat many common ailments including high blood pressure, hair loss, infertility, acne, cold and flu, arthritis, hot flashes, headaches, allergies, weight loss, and a host of others. The proper dosage and combination of herbs is an important factor in staying healthy. It is important to consult with a certified herbalist as well as your physician before beginning an herbal regimen, particularly if you are also taking prescription medications: interactions between herbs and medications can occur.

With the green movement, the surge in our interest in natural products has had a huge impact on the availability of herbal remedies and teas as they are beneficial for both our health and the environment.

Aside from treating and preventing common ailments, herbal teas are also known for their calming effects. Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world after water, and for good reasons. All forms of tea have antioxidant properties because they contain phenol. Antioxidants are believed to protect the body against free radicals, and because teas have few ~ if any ~ calories, they are also great for weight loss and maintenance.

Herbal remedies are believed by many to help improve overall health and vitality and increase life expectancy. These remedies aren’t designed to treat just one particular ailment as are most commercial medicines; instead, they are designed to promote wellness and the health of the entire body, mind, and spirit. The herbal remedies and teas are often complemented by other traditional Western remedies including acupuncture, massage, and reflexology.

Treating and preventing irregularities of the body through the use of herbal remedies and teas also involves healthy lifestyle changes, including regular exercise and the practice of yoga and meditation. Prescription of these remedies isn’t just about calming a particular ailment, but rather treating the entire person.

If you are interested in finding out what herbs and teas can do for you always check with a licensed health care provider first. A well-trained herbalist is the next step to ensuring that the herbs and teas you choose work to help you stay healthy or help you regain your health.
Many cultures have been using herbal remedies and medicinal teas for centuries. The idea of all natural remedies has been catching on here in the states as a green and healthy way to cure common ailments and help prevent sickness and disease more gently than many pharmaceutical treatments, and without harsh side effects. Much of the evidence supporting the use of taking herbs and teas comes from the fact that both have been trusted in Asia for thousands of years. As an ancient Chinese proverb states, “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”

Tea, as we all know, is an infusion made by steeping dried leaves from plants, roots, herbs, spices, or fruit in hot water; it can be caffeinated or decaffeinated, in loose form or pre-bagged. In modern day China it is easy to find stores that sell these remedies and naturopathic doctors who can prescribe the right herbs and teas to their customers. And now herbal remedies and teas are becoming more readily available in the United States as the evidence of their benefits grows.

Teas and herbal remedies have been used to prevent or treat many common ailments including high blood pressure, hair loss, infertility, acne, cold and flu, arthritis, hot flashes, headaches, allergies, weight loss, and a host of others. The proper dosage and combination of herbs is an important factor in staying healthy. It is important to consult with a certified herbalist as well as your physician before beginning an herbal regimen, particularly if you are also taking prescription medications: interactions between herbs and medications can occur.

With the green movement, the surge in our interest in natural products has had a huge impact on the availability of herbal remedies and teas as they are beneficial for both our health and the environment.

Aside from treating and preventing common ailments, herbal teas are also known for their calming effects. Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world after water, and for good reasons. All forms of tea have antioxidant properties because they contain phenol. Antioxidants are believed to protect the body against free radicals, and because teas have few ~ if any ~ calories, they are also great for weight loss and maintenance.

Herbal remedies are believed by many to help improve overall health and vitality and increase life expectancy. These remedies aren’t designed to treat just one particular ailment as are most commercial medicines; instead, they are designed to promote wellness and the health of the entire body, mind, and spirit. The herbal remedies and teas are often complemented by other traditional Western remedies including acupuncture, massage, and reflexology.

Treating and preventing irregularities of the body through the use of herbal remedies and teas also involves healthy lifestyle changes, including regular exercise and the practice of yoga and meditation. Prescription of these remedies isn’t just about calming a particular ailment, but rather treating the entire person.

If you are interested in finding out what herbs and teas can do for you always check with a licensed health care provider first. A well-trained herbalist is the next step to ensuring that the herbs and teas you choose work to help you stay healthy or help you regain your health.

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