Using herbs as a form of medicine has been done for thousands of years. And many people still use herbs, herbal remedies, teas, poultices, and supplements today to help keep their body healthy, and to help take care of their families. Many people have started learning however, that there are plenty of herbs which will actually do more than keep you healthy though. Herbs can be used as a medicine alternative to high priced, prescription drugs which often have risky side effects.
Using herbs for medicine takes a bit of study, research and learning, but it's well worth it over time. Herbs are much more gentle on your body, and they can be livesaving for anyone who doesn't have health insurance because they're quite inexpensive to buy.
One of the first things you need to learn about using herbs for medicine though, is that there can be side effects, and there can be interactions with regular prescription drugs too. Just because herbs are natural does not mean they're not powerful. There are herbs which can raise your blood pressure for instance, herbs which will make a pregnant woman have a miscarriage, and herbs which are natural sources of insulin to lower your blood sugar too. So knowing which herbs do what is extremely important.
One of the problems with trends and fads these days, is that one herb will be touted as being a miracle drug for one specific health condition. What's left unsaid though, is all the other things these herbs will do too. Most herbs can be used for a wide variety of things in your body. Unlike prescription medications which are made to treat just one thing, many herbs can be used to treat a wide variety of things.
Garlic for instance, is an herb which has gotten popular for using to manage blood pressure problems. This herb will also regulate blood sugar levels though. Plus it will help kill any virus or infection in your body, and it can be used outside your body to kill yeast infections, athlete's foot, and oral thrush among other things.
Goldenseal is another herb which has gained mainstream popularity in the last ten years or so, because it's an excellent natural antibiotic. Most people don't know however, that this herb is also a natural source of insulin, and larger doses of Goldenseal can be dangerous if taken by hypoglycemics or insulin dependent diabetics.
These are just two small examples of course, and there are many more. Simply by being aware of all the various things an herb can do for you though, and choosing your herbs wisely, herbs and natural remedies can be a goldmine of health, wellness, and medicine for you and your loved ones.
© 2007, Kathy Burns-Millyard. Kathy has been using herbal and alternative remedies to treat her four children's health problems for almost 20 years. If you'd like to learn more about herbal and alternative remedies from an expert, or you'd simply like to have expert herbal content to publish on your website , please visit http://www.gurugazette.com/AltHealth/