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Medicinal herbal remedies protect against many conditions, the many phytonutrients found in plant-based foods, work similarly with herb components. The antioxidants, free radical scavengers, and other constituents in medicinal herbs work on the same premise as do healthy foods. They act on the pathways within but on a deeper level attaching to receptor sites, balancing hormones, carrying with them an unexplainable energetic component.
The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
by the expression of the following signs and symptoms
Extreme fatigue- (worse on mental or physical activities not improved with extra
rest) for a duration of 6 months or more, and also interferes with regular daily life.
Presenting with 4 or more of the below symptoms:
Joint pain without swelling or redness.
Headaches uncommon to the individual.
lymph nodes in the neck or underarm.
Recurrent sore throats, muscle pains, concentration and memory lapses.
Below is an example of how herbal remedies, working synergistically can treat a major health condition. These are some of the herbs and health combinations used by Herbalists
Do you need to gain weight or lose weight for optimum health?
Did you know women with regular bowel movements have a lessened risk of breast cancer due to the regular removal of oestrogens, in addition,
oestrogen producing intestinal bacteria may also lead to increase risk factors for diabetes?
Herbs heal on many levels other than just the physical. Today is an age of science, these different levels and mechanisms are not fully understood.
What is understood by herbalists is that when used correctly with empirical, and historical knowledge there is a great success.
Over many centuries there are many notable persons who studied and used herbs and the various plant parts for reasons of experimentation and medicinal use.
Nicholas Culpeper was just one of many, some of whom have faded from history. He was a Botanist, Herbalist, Physician, and Astrologer. At that time, it literally cost an arm and a leg to see a physician. This led him to offer his services for free as he obtained his herbal supplies from the nearby countryside.
Needless to say, he tirelessly dedicated his wide scope of knowledge to treating illness with herbs and tried to make good health available to the less fortunate by educating them about maintenance of health.
We could go on about his great works, but the important point we would like to get across is that the development of today's current society pharmaceuticals, stems from herbal origins.
Culpepper also spoke of the energetic principles of herbs. In speaking of Chicory he said " Chicory helps yellow jaundice" and goes on to say " and those that have an evil disposition in their bodies, and agues either pestilential or of long continuance; for swoonings and passions of the heart,..."
Immune modulators and herbs used for their antiviral properties are recommended. Usually marketed to the public St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) as an anti-depressive and Echinacea which enhances phagocytosis and increases production of interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and TNF-α by a macrophage.
Adaptogens and adrenal tonics with circulation stimulating herbs such as Ginkgo biloba
Inflammation can occur in various areas, this inflammation production and/or response, caused by inflammatory cytokines, within the body, can be modified by specific herbs, examples, Rehmania (Rehmania glutinosa) is a particularly ideal anti-inflammatory and also acts as an adrenal tonic.
Many of us have issues with our sleep from time to time, this short video by Dr Paul Haider will explain a little about herbal choices for sleep and show the potential of medicinal herbal remedies for healthy living and offer some helpful information.
Plant-based medicines act on various pathways of our natural biological system and have more than one action and activity, they consist of numerous parts, named constituents.
These constituents have numerous activities both alone and synergistically
( working together). However, choosing medicinal herbs for your health is not always as basic as picking one for a symptom.
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Insomnia, erratic sleep patterns may accompany such conditions, therefore we use remedies such as Chaste tree (Vitex Agnus-Castus) which is evidenced to enhance nightly production of melatonin, more commonly known , Homulus lupulus or Hops Valerian (Valeriana officianalis) and passion flower (Passiflora incarnata).
For the anguishing ongoing muscle aches, for pain management Celery Seed (Apium graveolens)