Our lab has a separate room dedicated to the creation of herbal remedies from dried medicinal plants. These plants can be used to create mixes for tea infusions or extractions, they can be encapsulated, or made into tinctures with the use of alcohol. The tinctures can be made in homeopathic remedies with succussion to create homeopathic tinctures. The medicinal herbs can be also used to make a variety of other preparations such as creams or mixes of tinctures able to address many health problems such as anxiety, sleep deprivation, phlebitis, blood sugar etc. Those mixtures may not be able to cure an illness but they can treat a disease in the early stages or be used alongside with the conventional treatment to enhance it. These are the reasons that the use of Herbal Remedies is valuable in medicine, as exhibited below.
Ever since life was created on Earth, plants were the only available way of curing ailments.
The prehistoric man following their instinct and watching the way animals acted figured out some plants can be used as medicine. That’ s how they learned to cause vomiting in gastrointestinal illnesses (nux vomica) or to chew the leaves of some other plants to relax and sleep better (Valerian, Passionflower), or even to identify poisonous plants such as Aconitum that can cause death and use them to cover the tips of their arrows so as to kill their pray faster and safely.
As early as 2400 BC the ancient Egyptians had found a school of Medicine keeping a botanical garden full of medicinal plants most of which are used up to this day. Hippocrates the founder of Medicine in ancient Greece had created a botanical garden in his motherland the island of Kos, consisting of the most important medicinal plants. This garden survives to this day. Dioscurides, an important Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist, who lived during the first century AD, categorized many plants, describing their botanical classification and their use in medicine. Many recipes for their use in particular treatments appear in his book “De Materia Medica”.
That’s how herbal remedies evolved through the ages to this day. Nowadays, they are recognized as a full therapeutic method that, unlike conventional medicine, does not treat the symptom or the disease but focuses on the person.
In Herbal Remedy the plants are used either as a whole or in parts, restricted to the flowers, the stems or the root etc., while the treatment focuses on the physical and mental balance of the body and the support of it’s vital functions.
Some plants, such as Echinacea and Astragalus are used for boosting the immune system. Other plants are used to detox particular organs like the liver, the kidneys etc. Others treat ailments like eczema, bulimia and obesity. Some of them are proven to have antibacterial qualities like oregano, thyme and rosemary. The use of their essential oils is showing great results in regressive infections, especially in young children, since they can replace harmful substances like antibiotics.
Types of Herbal remedies:
Aromatherapy, with the use of essential oils
Classic Herbal Remedy. The type of medicine can be:
- infusion of the dried plant
- glycerin extract
During the treatment with any herbal remedy it is important to be careful and always follow the advice of an expert (physician or pharmacist). These remedies could, not more than often, show side effects, either when used as form of a treatment in general, or because of unregulated use.
Other than that, they can be therapeutic for every part of the body, both physically and in the emotional and mental state of a person. The possibility of side effects concerns solely some limited group of plants and in just a few cases is caused by the fact that the therapeutic substances exist in a living organism (the plant) and are already in harmony and equilibrium with it.
It is the natural environment that brings out its most significant advantage, compared to a chemically reproduced substance, which apart from it’s therapeutic potential has a variety of side effects and contraindications.
This is the reason why it is safe to complement, enhance or even substitute a conventional treatment with Herbal Remedies fitted to every disease, and this is why Herbal Remedy is one of the most important weapons in the therapeutic arsenal.