Why Your Body Prefers Natural Herbal Medicine
Plants grow wild and abundant on this planet, and have always been the first chosen medicines of all cultures. Plant medicine and specifically medicinal herbs have adapted over time as humans cultivate and wildcraft them to meet our medicinal needs. Modern pharmaceutical medicine is relatively new and has only been around for a few hundred years. However, what most people do not realize is that most of the pills you purchase in a store were created in labs to chemically copy the natural compounds found in wild plants. Often, this is done to isolate key compounds and intensify their effects. Essentially, these pills and pharmaceutical compounds are man made versions of something nature already provides. However as a whole plant herbal company we believe in honoring the true botanical and work to capture all it’s herbal goodness using traditional herbal extractions.
So exactly what is a medicinal herb?
- To qualify as an herb, a plant by definition must possess two traits.It must be a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season.
- It must be valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities and harvested for its useful parts.
How long have people been using herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine has recorded roots dating back over 6,000 years in China, India and the Middle East. Even today, a large portion of people on this planet still use herbal medicine as their first-choice medicine.
How Do Herbs Actually Work?
All foods and plants contain chemical compounds. Phytochemicals are the biologically active compounds found in plants. When we ingest plants, the body breaks the plant material down, using saliva and digestive juices, and then processes these phytochemicals. Everybody is different so it’s important to be cautious when exploring medicinal herbs in conjunction with your healthcare provider. Watch for side effects, be alert for allergic reactions, make sure you purchase from an herbal manufacturer you trust, and keep a journal to track your progress with herbs.
How Do We Use Herbs As Medicine?
We can consume medicinal herbs in many ways such as eating them, using herbal teas, tablets, capsules or liquid extracts (like tinctures and tonics), smoking dried herbs - or externally applying herbs with lotions, oils, and salves.
Why Don’t More Medical Doctors in the USA Recommend Herbal Medicine?
It is worth mentioning in this regard, that this is actually changing. Many modern doctors are beginning to recommend natural remedies first, before proceeding to pharmaceuticals. While most modern doctors have no training in herbal medicine, simply because it is not typically part of required medical education; many are choosing to study herbal medicine on their own. Minds are beginning to change about living more naturally.
Another reason you won’t hear much herbal medicine in the media is that modern medicine is a TWO TRILLION DOLLAR a year business in the USA, and a lot of money is spent to advertise the un-natural versions of these herbs. There is a lot of money in pharmaceutical drug development, and sadly this is much less healthy for our bodies and our planet. The manufacturing of these lab made drugs often creates toxic by-products that can be harmful to the environment
How is the natural plant different from a chemical copy?
Herbs have many additional phytochemicals in them, beside the medicinal chemicals - that act as buffering agents, making their actions smoother. Pharmaceuticals are created to isolate one phytochemical from the others, and reproduce it synthetically. Using the whole plant provides these additional components to help our bodies absorb and use herbs in their natural state.
Does herbal medicine cost more than pharmaceuticals?
Herbs are much less expensive than pharmaceuticals, not to mention a lot less expensive than medical treatment and hospitals. Their low cost makes them worth trying before we move to formal medical treatment
Why doesn’t everyone try herbs first?
Often, people simply do not understand much about herbs and how many are easily available to them! Many are shy in trying something without having a guide or mentor. This is why we work so hard to help educate people. Our mission is to help find the right herbs, for the right reasons, for the right people. We aim to demystify healing herbs and make them simple to understand.
More than ever before modern people are waking up to living in a more natural state. From organic food, to locally sourced meats and produce, to herb and mushroom supplements - Americans are just choosing better for their bodies.
It is important to remember that herbal supplements are not subject to regulation by the FDA and, therefore, have not been tested in an FDA-approved clinical trial to prove their effectiveness in the treatment or management of medical conditions. We recommend you talk to your doctor, naturopath, or clinical herbalist about your symptoms and discuss herbal supplements before use and make sure you choose medicinal herbs or herbal supplements from a reputable manufacturer.