Herbal Medicine – Natural Remedies:
Since ancient times herbs had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants. Indigenous cultures of African and Native American used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional branch of medicine such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine in which herbal therapies were widely used. Researchers found that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar variety of herbs and plants for the purposes of treatment and cure of similar diseases.
Herbal medicine also known as botanical medicine or phytomedicine is a branch of medicine in which the treatment is done using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbal medicine has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more main-stream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing various disease.
It was the time 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, over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs developed by pharmaceutical companies, but now with increasing awareness on adversities of chemically modified drugs there are many who prefer the traditional means for cure.
Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600 – 700 plant-based medicines are available and are prescribed by some 70% of German physicians. In the last 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 herbal medicine use.
There are many known and unknown herbs that have various miraculous healing power for various diseases and symptoms, As there are several varieties of plants and herbs, lets understand them one at a time and know what benefits they offer. We have decided to start a series on herbal medicine and cure, to begin with lets learn about Aloe Vera and its medicinal values and benefits.
Aloevera is known as the true or medicinal aloe, a species of succulent plant in the genus Aloe that is believed to have originated in the Sudan. Aloevera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed across Africa, India, and other arid areas. The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine. Many scientific studies of the use of aloevera have been undertaken, some of them conflicting. Despite these limitations, there is some preliminary evidence that Aloe vera extracts may be useful in the treatment of wound and burn healing, minor skin infections, Sebaceous cyst, diabetes, and elevated blood lipids in humans. These positive effects are thought to be due to the presence of compounds such as polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones, and lectins.
Aloe vera is believed to have been used by mankind for several thousand years and over the centuries there have been many references to Aloevera in many cultures: from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, as well as in the literature of the Indian and Chinese peoples. Several famous physicians such as Pliny the Elder, Dioscorides and Galen, the father of modern medicine, who first described how the circulation worked, all used Aloe Vera as part of their therapeutic armoury.
Aloe vera is cited as an exceptional healing plant with an extensive history of use, over centuries. Worldwide, there exist hundreds of species of this succulent, yucca-like plant, but those most often used are Aloe barbadensis, Aloe perryi, Aloe ferros, and the ever-popular houseplant Aloe Vera, whose fresh leaves can serve as an effective treatment for minor burns, abrasions and cuts. Aloe vera gel, derived from the “mucilaginous cells, contained inside the leaves, is widely used in a variety of forms such as lotions, moisturizers, cosmetics, and shampoos. Aloe powder, derived from the tough outer leaf of the plant, is a strong ‘cathartic’ consumed internally as a cleanser, and often touted as a treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from liver disease to AIDS. Clinical evidence supports many of the health claims attributed to Aloe Vera.
Researchers have found that fresh Aloe gel promotes wound healing by speeding up the growth of skin cells and aiding recovery from surgery. Aloe has also proved effective in treating pressure sores, chronic leg ulcers, and frostbite. Aloe Vera has also been shown to have strong antibacterial and antifungal properties against a broad range of microbes. Carrisyn, an extract of aloe, has shown recent evidence of being able to inhibit a number of viruses ‘in-vitro’, including the strains responsible for herpes simples, measles, and HIF. Carrisyn appears to work by stimulating the immune system to trigger the production of T cells, thereby increasing immune function.
Other active ingredients of the Aloe plant include ‘salicylates’, which control inflammation and pain, and an enzyme that inhibits ‘bradykinin’, the chemical messenger responsible for transmitting pain signals through the nerves. Aloe also contains ‘magnesium lactate’, a chemical known to inhibit the release of histamines responsible for skin irritation and itching.
Not only that, it can even be said that Aloe vera is the most impressive medicinal herb invented by nature, There might not be anything better on this planet that offers such amazing variety of healing benefits. In a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that: According to natural News, Aloevera offers the following benefits too.
- Halts the growth of cancer tumors.
- Lowers high cholesterol.
- Repairs “sludge blood” and reverses “sticky blood”.
- Boosts the oxygenation of your blood.
- Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
- Protects the body from oxidative stress.
- Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea.
- Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
- Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders.
- Reduces high blood pressure natural, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms.
- Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
- Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
- Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete.
- Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
- Ends constipation.
- Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
- Prevents and treats candida infections.
- Protects the kidneys from disease.
- Functions as nature’s own “sports drink” for electrolyte balance, making common sports drinks obsolete.
- Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
- Speeds up recovery from injury or physical exertion.Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.
Truly there isn’t anything else better that compares to the medicinal potential of aloe vera. And yet most people only know about the topical applications of Aloevera gel. In contrary Aloe Vera is useful for a wide range of application in various disease conditions.