What Are The Medicinal Benefits Of Homeopathic Herbs?

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What do you know about homeopathy? How about medicinal herbs?

There are many different uses for herbs especially when it comes to medicinal uses, especially homeopathic uses.

Millions of people are now looking for more natural ways to provide relief for their ailments. Let’s take a look at some ways you can use herbs for homeopathic use.

What Is Homeopathy?

You may or may not have heard of homeopathic medicine? If not, here is a basic overview of what it is. It is based on the body learning to heal itself – “like treating like.”

When an invading germ or bacteria enters the body, its defenses create antibodies to fight it. Now that invader is recognized if it ever appears again.

Homeopathy uses a highly diluted form of the substance that is causing the symptoms in the body to trigger the natural defenses within to begin healing.

An example would be to expose allergy sufferers to a small dose of pollen, ragweed or dust mites to help their bodies become desensitized to it.

The repeated dilutions are to render the substance non-toxic. This works in a very similar way to allergy shots with the main difference being the substance that is used.

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A Comparison between Homeopathic Doctors and Medical Physicians

There are three major principles observed in the field of homeopathy.

These are:

  • principle of similarities,
  • principle of minimal dose
  • and principle of singular remedy.

Each of which proposes certain procedures that boil down into this: working on the symptoms is enough to bring health back into its order.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann first proposed his comprehensive concepts on homeopathy in his book called Organon.

His initial edition appeared during 1810 and was later supported by his last edition which is apparently published posthumously during 1842.

After 200 hundred years, the grounds he offered during his time are still useful today. In fact, many subsequent principles found today are still rooted in his book.

This is not to say that homeopathy hasn’t improved but it’s because Dr. Hahnemann has found the root principles and are therefore confirmed by succeeding investigators.

So what happened after 200 years?

As expected there has been rampant progress in medical science which did not exclude homeopathic treatments.

For several years, many homeopathic doctors have focused their studies and research on new substances and materials that could be part of the more comprehensive and more effective treatment using the principles as stated above.

In fact, due to the developments, homeopathic doctors have now given new meanings and scopes to the field apart from what the pioneers have already provided.

This only indicates that homeopathic doctors are not merely benefactors of the vast knowledge but are also contributors in the expansion of what is known in this field.

There are several major differences in conventional and alternative medicine. Homeopathy, by the way, is included in the latter.

Therefore, it is but likely that we could spot several differences between the people involved in these practices.

If we are too closely look at the other roles of homeopathic doctors and those of the medical practitioners, we are likely to find the following observations:

The distinction lies in the differences of methodologies as covered by each field. The medical doctors, for one, view the human body as a battleground for health and diseases.

They have the tendency to focus on the disease and conditions themselves rather than on the symptoms, a vital point in homeopathy.

Conventional medical practitioners use techniques, parameters, methodologies, and practices that are based on factual, statistically proven and scientifically documented researches.

There is nothing really bad in here. It just that it fails to see and target the other important factors, such as the case of focusing on discovering ultimate cures rather than individual treatments.

Additionally, medical practitioners treat only the part of the body that causes the whole body to be affected with the disease or the ailment.

For homeopathic doctors, however, treatment must be holistic. The individual’s health is the main priority and treatment of the symptoms would provide the cures.

Plus, the normal use of natural substances could get around the risk that patients would be running from when subjected to conventional forms of medicine.

Another major difference between homeopathic doctors and medical practitioners is the therapies or forms of treatment they use.

Often, conventional medicine deal on surgeries and medications.

However, with homeopathy, alternative forms of healing such as hypnosis, aromatherapy, acupuncture and the use herbs and minerals are offered to bring effects of healing.

It must be remembered though that while both types of doctors portray major differences, they only have one basic task in mind- to bring health to whoever lacks it and to improve health.

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Homeopathic Herbs and Their Uses

There is more to homeopathy than what we described above. You can learn more about this type of medicine to get a better understanding of the mechanisms at work here.

Next, let’s discuss some of the herbs used as a part of that type of treatment.

Homeopathic medicines can be given in pill or liquid form depending on what is prescribed by the natural pharmacy.

They can also instruct you on dosage and frequency of use. They are recommended for treatment of minor ailments.

Arnica – This is also called “mountain daisy.” It is used to relieve pain after injuries like in sports and exercise.

Allium – Onion is a part of this family of plants. A common use for it is to help with common cold symptoms. As anyone who has cut an onion knows, it causes eye tearing and a runny nose.

Chamomile – It is soothing when steeped as a tea but also for relieving teething pain in children. It’s used with colicky babies as well.

St. John’s wort – Known to help improve mood, it can also be used for injuries and cuts that are accompanied by lots of sharp pains.

Nux vomica – It’s also known as “poison nut.” Works to relieve nausea and stomach complaints brought on by too much food and alcohol or a stomach bug.

Sepia – Assists with female menstrual issues.

Aconite – Used for treating shock, fever and maybe insomnia.

Apis – Used to treat insect stings on the body and resulting rashes and/or hives.

Herbs have been a part of medical treatment even before recorded history began.

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Using Herbs for Medicinal Purposes

As we mentioned earlier more and more people are looking at herbal remedies, ones that can be used to improve their health and their homes.

Herbs for medicinal purposes are sometimes looked down on by members of the medical community.  However, there is more of a relationship between herbs and modern medicine than people know.

People all over the world have used herbs as well as berries, seeds, roots, leaves, bark, and flowers to treat everything from a cold to indigestion to abdominal pain.

Scientists aren’t sure exactly how herbs work. There are a variety of compounds found in plants and it can be hard to separate the active ingredients.

However, research is showing that there is value to using them for preventative maintenance as well as treating some conditions.

Once scientists learned to extract certain compounds from plants and create similar ones, plant use dropped off.

The herb remedies fell into hearsay but have been making resurgence within the medical community. People want to return to their roots – literally.

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Popular Medicinal Herbs and Their Uses

Peppermint – It is great for candy but has several medicinal purposes as well. Leaves can be steeped in tea as a muscle relaxant, antispasmodic and antacid. The leaves can be used on the chest as an expectorant.

Calendula – This flower is used as a healing cream to fight inflammation. Use it to find relief from poison ivy.

Garlic – Tastes great on meats and in stews. Eat fresh cloves to help boost the immune system naturally as well as lowering blood cholesterol. Garlic is also an antibiotic.

Yarrow – This root can be used to stop bleeding externally. Also used as an antibiotic when ingested. Combine with lavender to repel insects.

Lavender – The purple flowers smell great. Used in essential oils to relieve headaches and stress. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used topically without burning or damaging the skin. This is used as an antibiotic and antifungal.

Chamomile – Steep the leaves in a tea as a sedative to help you sleep better. Also, chamomile is an anti-inflammatory.

Ginkgo biloba – We’ve all heard of this one for improving memory. It is used as well as a supplement to help fight the effects of free radicals in the body.

Echinacea – Known as the “immune booster,” it is used to help fight off the effects of a cold or a sore throat. When taking Echinacea, the duration of the cold is less.

Ginseng – Use this to boost the immune system.

Ginger – Eating fresh ginger root can help fight upset stomach and digestive problems. Try also in tea with a bit of honey.

Tea tree oil – Use this as an expectorant and an anti-inflammatory.

Nettle – This is used to fight muscle spasms like menstrual cramps.

When using herbs for medicinal purposes make sure to check proper dosages used by herbalists for best results. Also, check with your doctor for any interactions with prescription meds.

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER

Homeopathy uses a highly diluted form of the substance that is causing the symptoms in the body to trigger the natural defenses within to begin healing.

There are three major principles observed in the field of homeopathy.  These are:

  • Principle of similarities
  • Principle of minimal dose
  • Principle of singular remedy

Using Herbs for Medicinal Purposes

  • Research is showing that there is value to using them for preventative maintenance as well as treating some conditions.

Popular Homeopathic Herbs

  • Peppermint
  • Calendula
  • Garlic
  • Yarrow
  • Lavender
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Echinacea
  • Ginseng
  • Ginger
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Nettle

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– What are the things you know about homeopathy?

– What do you know about medicinal herbs?

– Have you tried taking some herbal homeopathic herbs?

– If so, what is your experience on taking them?

– What other homeopathic herbs do you know?


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