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Herbal Extract


herbal extractsFor many centuries, herbs were widely cultivated and harvested for numerous reasons. One of the more popular reasons is for the herbs’ medicinal properties. Now, a huge variety of herbs are prepared and formulated in to provide means of treating/preventing ailments. From lab testing, the concept of herbal extract came about.

The most commonly known form of herbal extract is liquid. The liquid herbal extract is a concentrated solution, developed by extracting the herbal plant alkaloids from the herbal mash of a specified formula. The extracted liquid preserves different herbal compounds contained in an herbal liquid, that then can be applied internally for a larger effectiveness, as it flows to the bloodstream quicker. Most liquid herbal extracts are made with grain alcohol and/or glycerin contents.

In formulating the herbal extract, the extract is prepared from any mixture of herbal bark, leaves, seeds, roots, flowers, and others parts. They are then blended together, where the extracting liquids like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin are applied as a form of solvent to remove the vital nutrients from the plant and its parts for usage. The extraction usually takes at least two weeks.

Once a finished herbal extract is created, it will be readied by squeezing the removed solution under a strong pressure, separating the liquid herbal extract from the pulp. To create a powerful liquid herbal extract, many manufacturers prepare 28 to 42 ounces of the dried herb, coupled with aqueous solvent for a gallon of liquid. The aqueous solution is usually composed of water and grain alcohol.

Many people wonder why alcohol is added into the extract. It is usually because alcohol is the safest, most effective, and the most easy-to-change form of extraction. Alcohol acts as a solvent to remove the herbal alkaloids from the pulp. With the application of alcohol into the herbal extract, the herbal compounds will also enter the blood stream faster, compared to other alternatives.

In these days, most people choose herbal extracts rather than tablet, powder, and capsule forms. This is mainly because the extracts, unlike the other forms, digest faster in the intestinal tract because of its alcohol content. The herbal alkaloids are digested into the bloodstream starting as early as in the mouth.

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Herbal Diuretic


uva_ursiMultiple health problems can occur from excess fluid in the body. In fact, if we keep excess amount of water in our body, excess dietary sodium and diseases in the heart or kidney will occur at a greater chance.

Because of this, herbal diuretic became one of the best options for losing excess fluid in the body, and prevent the onset of several of these serious illnesses. However, herbal diuretics are not always advantageous. Like some the prescription diuretics, they are they tend to flush some important minerals that we need from our body. Nonetheless, herbal diuretics still persist as the better option compared to over-the-counter diuretic prescriptions.

One of the most popular and used herbal diuretics is an herb called Uva ursi. It is derived from the leaves of the bearberry tree, and it has been used for a long time, with good efficiency. In fact, since the Middle Ages, many herbals demonstrate that Uva ursi was a reliable herbal diuretic, and was often applied in an urinary infection. By the end of the eighteenth century, it had become an official entry in the London Pharmacopoeia.

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Uva ursi contains arbutin, which is a natural chemical that promotes greater urinary output. In addition, it is also applied to treat wounds and vaginal infections. It is contemplated that this remedy has an important cleansing action on the genitourinary system and is suggested as a postpartum diuretic. Another herb known as horse chestnut is also thought to be one of the best options. It contains two active components, aescin and aesculine, both demonstrating moderate diuretic activity. Horse chestnut is also widely used to help vein circulation in the legs for a long time. It has been shown to protect against reducing leg swelling and there has been no known side effects present.

An herb indigenous to South Africa is the Buchu. Like the Uva ursi, this herb has also had a long history of use. It is considered that the leaves of this herb are processed into supplements, and sold to regulate water balance.

The final herbs are the birch tree, butcher’s broom, cola nut, dandelion root, horsetail, and juniper berry, probably the most well known. They too are responsible for regulating water balance in the body.

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Herbal Cure for Diabetes


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One of the common diseases in the world today is diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic biochemical disorder that affects the body’s ability to produce and use carbohydrates, sugars, and starches. It is reported that 16 million Americans suffer from it. Because of this impending threat, many herbal experts have started to study multiple active herbs that have the ability to act as herbal cure for diabetes.

There are thought to be several forms of herbal cure for diabetes. However, some of them are not fully tested for effectiveness and safety. Because of this, many experts recommend those who consume them to take some precaution before taking them. Although it is noted in some studies that only the prospective herbal cure for diabetes that seem most efficient are usually considered non-toxic.

One of the greatest herbal cure for diabetes is called Pterocarpus Marsupium. This is a tree native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It contains a gum resin that looks like dried blood, and is greatly applied in an Indian medicine known as Ayurveda. In India, this herb has a large history of application and as an herbal cure for diabetes because of its large content of pterostilbene. In preparation, the flavonoid and epicatechin content is removed from the bark for use. In studies, they are shown to prevent alloxan-induced beta cell (which produce insulin in the pancreas) damage in rats.

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Another herb is Momordica Charantia, or bitter melon. It is a fruitful vine that is widely cultivated in Africa, South America, and Asia. The use of this herb is evident since early times, as it was applied in folk medicine for the indigenous. This is considered as an herbal cure for diabetes because it has blood sugar lowering properties, which are found in the juice or extract of the unripe fruit. Plus, this herb contains many compounds with confirmed anti-diabetic properties.

The last herbal cure for diabetes mentioned in this article is known as Gymnema Sylvestre. It functions to assist the pancreas to produce insulin. It is also responsible for enhancing the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar levels in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Many people considered it as an exceptional substitute for oral drugs.

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Herbalism: A Holistic Approach to Health


Holistic-healthHerbalism can be defined as the use of plants for the detoxification of the body, support of the immune system and prevention of disease, and for the treatment of ailments, chronic illnesses and injuries. The idea is to use herbs to restore balance in body, mind and spirit and maintain a naturally healthy human system; the achievement of holistic health in other words.

The earth is an ecosystem whose components exist in equilibrium, and the human system is a microcosm of this complex organic arrangement. From this point of view we can look at ourselves as cells in the body of an earth which breathes the same air as we do, has the same minerals at its core and whose vascular system is the rivers and their tributaries which carry water, just as our arteries and veins carry blood. From this point of view it naturally follows that the earth supplies all of the nutrients and medicines necessary for its inhabitants to live healthily. Plants deliver a vast proportion of the goods.

The roots of the holistic approach to health possibly lie in folk medicine. Folk medicine refers in part to the use of indigenous plants by a native, rural population for the maintenance of health and curing of ailments. The people of the mountainous regions of Vermont, for example, have often chewed gum from the spruce tree to cure a sore throat. It seems safe to say that the spruce tree would not be available to help the inhabitants of a desert region to cure a sore throat, but there will be an indigenous plant somewhere in the area that can do the same job, and the local people will know which one it is. The plants used in diverse regions of the world are different, but folk medicine is the same everywhere, insofar as the tradition is passed down unmodified over generations by word of mouth. Those who pioneered these traditions originally learned about the plants by observing which ones animals chose to cure their own ailments.

Today we can follow in the footsteps of our ancestors by looking for herbs in our own locality. The very act of getting outdoors and acquainting yourself with the natural world is in itself beneficial to health. Fresh air and the fragrance of flowers, the sound of birdsong and the breeze rustling the leaves, the hum produced by industrious insects going about their business on a miniature scale, the sound of running water-not forgetting moments of utter silence-are all simple sensory delights which have a calming and therapeutic effect on the human psyche and are available to everyone.

Holistic healing recognizes this and seeks the integration of the human being with its natural environment. If you haven’t got time to go out exploring the fields and woods then you can grow herbs in your own garden. If you don’t have a garden, or suffer from any condition which restricts your ability to move around, you can grow them in pots.

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Herbs in Human History


Nymphaea_stellata,_MyanmarFrom the inception of life on earth man has existed in a symbiotic relationship with the plant kingdom. We have always depended on plants for food and medicine and they’ve always relied upon us to assist them with their propagation. The earliest human societies were hunter-gatherers who chose their migratory routes according to the availability of the fruit and nuts which formed their staple diet. Plants benefited from this arrangement as the people discarded seeds and kernels and thus increased their distribution.

Plants have been with humans every step of the way. Some of the earliest evidence of this can be seen in the cave paintings and hieroglyphs of ancient civilizations. Plant motifs in ancient art are in a sense the signatures of a society, and their appearance naturally prompts the researcher to ask questions. Why, for example, were the ancient Egyptians so fascinated by the Blue Lilly? It was obviously an important part of Egyptian life, as it is ubiquitous in their art (hieroglyphs and paintings), often depicted entwined around wine goblets. It frequently appeared in paintings of sex scenes and parties, and its blossoms were found strewn over the body of Tutankhamun when the casket was opened in 1922.

This discovery led archaeologists to focus on the plant in the context of Egyptian royalty and religious worship. Plants have indeed always been associated with the belief systems and rituals held by a group. More recent scientific research, however, has found that the Blue Lilly blossom contains a compound which is soluble in alcohol, and that a psychoactive solution is produced when the blossoms are infused in wine. The Blue Lilly may well have been revered by the priesthood and royalty, however the appearance of the flower in paintings of bawdy scenes, when looked at in the light of modern scientific research, perhaps indicates that the Blue Lilly was also simply a popular aphrodisiac; an ancient Egyptian party drug.

The mysterious case of the Blue Lilly serves to illustrate a point. Plants have been used by people of all classes in myriad and complex ways throughout history.

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How to Make Herbal Therapy More Effective?


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Herbs are alternative of modern medicines. They are available easily and known to have better results than synthetic drugs because they produce less or no adverse effects. Herbal medicines are indeed helpful in diverse diseases but they must be taken with care. Human body is very sensitive and reacts to almost everything. Make sure that herb you take produce positive response.
There are certain things that can be done to make herbal treatment more effective. Things you can do are:

  • Make sure to take right herb

Some herbs are dangerous and in ample amount they may produce much harm to your body. Make sure you take right herb.

  • Choose herbal companies wisely

On internet, you may find different companies offering diverse herbal products. What every company is claiming is not true. Invest wisely and only select those companies that are reputable.

  • Maintain healthy life

If you want good outcomes from herbal treatment, maintaining healthy life is necessary. Simple treatment is not enough when you are taking help from herbs. Eat balance diet and exercise daily to obtain better results.

  • Know correct quantity

Anything below or above normal cannot produce much effectiveness. Take herb in a quantity that is recommended for it. Exceeding the optimum amount may lead to adverse effects instead.

  • Talk to your doctor

Don’t take any herb with your routine medicine before asking your doctor. If you are planning to take any herbal medicine, it is recommended to take doctor’s advice because synthetic drugs and herbal medicines can interact and produce harm to body.

  • Do as directed

Directions of using particular herbal medicine are given on its package. If you don’t find it, don’t try to use it in your own way. Search online, you will find information about any medicine. It is better to search than to use herb in a wrong way.

  • Check if you are allergic

Allergies vary from person to person. It is not necessary that if one herb suited your friend, it will also produce same results for you. To test if it is good, take herb in smaller quantity first. If no rash or other allergic symptoms appear, continue using it as recommended.

Herbs are beneficial, they can treat many diseases but it is also necessary to go to doctor. If you are taking herbal medicine alone or in combination with any other synthetic medicine, it is good to consult your doctor. Your health is important and nobody knows about health better than a doctor.

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Relation of Herbal Treatment and Modern Medicine


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In the present time, we are able to cure diseases which were used to be fatal. For instance, malaria had been an incurable disease once; now it can be treated with the help of easily available anti-malarial drugs. Journey to malaria cure has been started when bark of cinchona tree found to be effective against it. Willow bark is a natural pain killer that had been used in old times; aspirin is its replica nowadays. Advancement in modern medicine has only become possible because of herbal remedies that our ancestors used.
Plants were not a food source only in our past; they were used to cure diseases and different ailments. Herbs helped our specie to survive different pandemics. As our ancestors used different herbs, they became more aware and selective in choosing a plant for cure. With their experiences, they came to know which part of the plant is beneficial for them and which part is not. When people started to travel, better remedies came into being. They learned more and ideas were exchanged. This improved herbal treatment greatly.

History tells us that our ancestors used plants for treatment. Archeologists provided us with evidence for that. Plants were used for treatment in almost every part of the world. At that time, there was no communicating system like we have today. But still, history showed that their ways of herbal treatment were almost same.

Herbs that were proved beneficial were remembered and passed down in a family. People learned that way of treatment and generations got benefit from it. Some herbal treatment techniques were also found in written form. It is also known that herb or plant – that was found effectual – was cultivated in their gardens, so they could directly access that plant whenever required. Aloe, mustard, peppermint and many more plants were cultivated.

Roots of herbal treatment are very deep. Our modern medicine is an evolved form of it but these artificial methods have led to failure of many drug formulas. Not every drug is a success.

When chemicals are combined artificially, they create more adverse effects. In herbs, nature has provided balanced quantity of these chemicals which make them harmless. Because of it, more and more people are returning to herbal medicines. Not only general public, but many researchers and doctors are also trying to find which herb is more effective with the help of modern science.

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Many Herbs Are Being Used to Treat Arthritis


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For many men and women, arthritis is a life-altering disease. Swelling of the joints, which causes stiffness and pain, isn’t reserved for the over 60 crowd – it also affects many children in the world, which is why herbal remedies are gaining in popularity.

Alfalfa is commonly used for arthritic treatment, because the tea remedy is effective when taken for two to three weeks with a seven to ten day break between consumption.

The herb Angelica is another arthritis treatment because it contains anti-inflammatory constituents and muscle relaxants as well as natural pain-relievers. This herb is used in a tea concoction as well, with the same frequency and breaks as the alfalfa remedy.

Black cohosh, an American Indian herb used in the treatment of arthritis symptoms, has qualities similar to aspirin as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-spasm constituents.

R.D.K holdings S.ABoswellia, yet another herb used to treat arthritis, is similar to an over the counter or prescription-level non-steroid anti-inflammatory. It’s better than synthetic drugs, however, because it doesn’t give the user ulcers after long-term use.

Believe it or not, celery is another plant that can be used to treat arthritis. The celery seeds and other portions of the plant contain over 25anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as providing massive amounts of potassium, which is important because a deficiency in potassium is often a culprit of arthritic pain.

If celery isn’t your cup of tea, then how about using the herb Devil’s claw or even Epsom salt? Both have anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate swelling and pain, symptoms especially aggravating to someone suffering from the affliction.

There are many other herbs that contribute to arthritic treatment, such as feverfew, ginger, American ginseng, hop tea, licorice, mustard plaster, oregano, pineapple, red pepper, rosemary, sesame seeds, stinging nettle, turmeric, wild cucumber bark, wild yam, willow, wintergreen, and yucca.

Some of these herbs are used topically, as the minerals are absorbed into the skin, while others are ingested internally for maximum benefits. As with all medications or treatment, you should consult your doctor before taking herbs, especially if you’re already on other medications prescribed by your doctor.

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