From THE IMMORDL PLANT SPIRIT SERIES, Article 2.
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill -- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the herbs -- you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
Great! You are still reading, it means you chose the herbs and let the blue pill be tossed into the garbage. Now, what I want to share with you are the simple facts of how Herbology works and how it can have an impact of your health and life. Let’s get started.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF NATURAL HERBAL REMEDIES?
Plants have been used for natural healing purposes long before recorded history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 3,000 BC. Indigenous African and Native American cultures used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used. Researchers found that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.
In the early 19th century, when chemical analysis first became available, scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds and, over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs. Almost one fourth of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanicals.
Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal healing for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600 to 700 plant based medicines are available and are prescribed by some 70% of German physicians. In the past 20 years in the United States, public dissatisfaction with the cost of prescription medications, combined with an interest in returning to natural or organic remedies, has led to an increase in herbs for medicinal use.
HOW DO HERBS WORK?
It is actually quite simple. All plants contain chemicals. And when the plant material enters your body it is broken down like food using saliva and digestive enzymes. Your body then assimilates these various chemicals and sends them to where they are needed most.
These plant compounds are called phytochemicals and these are nutrients we know like vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, as well as, the more unknown chemicals like polysaccharides and saponins.
WHAT IS HERBALISM GOOD FOR?
Herbalism (herbology or herbal medicine) is the use and study of plants for healing purposes. Herbalism is like Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet. Countless eons have gone into the evolution of plant matter and I like to think of herbs as lending a “helping hand” and offering just enough support for your body to finish its natural healing work. Herbs work in synergy to restore and nurture our bodies at the deepest level – our genes.
HERBS VS DRUGS
In the last decade there has been a rapidly growing use of herbal medicines. This phenomenon which captured the attention of many scientists led them to play a role in this research. To truly understand and appreciate the healing potential of herbology, we must keep firmly in mind the key differences between herbs and pharmaceuticals, and the advantages of the natural herbal approach. The main advantages are:
Herbs work with Nature, not against it. Herbs work by enhancing the natural physiological functions and defensive healing reactions of the body. Many modern medicines, on the other hand, suppress key bodily functions and block these natural healing reactions. Over the long term, this negative approach wears down the inherent vitality and resistance of the organism.
Herbs are gentler, safer, and have far fewer negative side effects. The negative side effects of pharmaceutical drugs cause thousands of unnecessary deaths every year. Herbology follows the key Hippocratic precept: First, Do no harm.
Herbs have the nutritive value that synthetic drugs lack. No pharmaceutical drug that your doctor can prescribe will be able to rebuild your body; only whole foods, nutritional supplements and herbs can do that. Many herbs are nutrient-rich superfoods that are better absorbed and retained by the body than even the finest natural vitamins, which are fractionated, concentrated extracts.
Herbs have the biological intelligence of the Life Force inherent in them. Herbs are living support that can vitalize and energize the organism; synthetic drugs, as lifeless substances, can't do this. Also, the biological intelligence inherent in herbs gives many of them a powerful capacity to adjust key bodily functions, like digestion, circulation, metabolism and immunity.
The wheels of Nature (and herbs) grind slowly, but they work very well. Herbs usually take longer to work than synthetic drugs, but they work naturally, and get to the root of the problem. Synthetic drugs may give you the quick fix, but this is often deceptive; many times, pharmaceutical drugs merely mask the symptoms, suppress the body's natural healing processes, and may even drive the root cause deeper into the body.
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