Herbs – as mentioned earlier, have formed the cornerstone for natural medicine for the past 4 to 5 thousand years.
Few know that the humble Aspirin – for instance – is generally believed to have been isolated from the European Willow tree. When the bark is used as an analgesic there are no side effects such as the danger of ulcers! This is attributed to the fact that the whole bark is used as is opposed to isolating the active ingredient and developing Aspirin.
I believe that by using the whole bark nature has built in “safeguards” to avoid side effects. Some other herbs with good reputations are
- Dandelion, for instance, has many similar effects to Lasix or Furosemide an allopathic drug commonly used for water retention in the body. It would appear that Dandelion is just as effective, and does not leach Potassium out of the body as does Lasix. Dandelion also provides significant amounts of vitamin A (more than carrots) and various other nutrients.
- Saw Palmetto for enlarged prostate
- Milk Thistle for the liver
- Guggul (Ayurvedic herbal extract) for circulation and cholesterol.
- Echinacea for general immune system enhancement. Echinacea is also believed to have anti viral properties.
- Bilberry for eye problems.
- Sutherlandia frutescence for immune system enhancement.
- A whole variety of herbs for coughs and chest complaints.
- Slippery Elm for digestive tract inflamation – particulalrly in the upper digestive tract.
- Chamomile as an anti-spasmodic.
- Ashwaganda (Ayurvedic and highly regarded as an immune system tonic) for the nervous system.
- Black Cohosh – particularly for the female hormonal system.
- Chaste Tree – also for the female hormonal system
and many others.
Some of these I will tell you about in more detail, as well as other herbals not mentioned above, but considered important.