The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) says that almost 70% of the worlds population uses herbal treatment as a primary medicine. It is estimated by some that close to half of pharmaceutical medicines either have components from herbs or a synthetic form of the component has been made to mimic the natural one.
Even in America, many Doctors write out several herbal based prescriptions every day. Here in Japan a high percentage of Doctors are trained in both allopathic medicine and eastern medicine known here as "Kanpo Yaku" or "natural medicine". The word "drug" comes from the German word "droge" which means to dry.
This was due to the need to dry herbs to use as medicine which was
the only ones available until the last 100 years. Such common products
as Coca Cola,(a registered name brand), started as an herbal remedy and
that is why the original soda fountains were all in drug stores.
We all have taken an aspirin from time to time which comes from the
willow bark. It is our understanding that Sudafed, ( a registered name
brand), once had the active ingredient "ma huang" an herb that's been
used in China for more then 5,000 years. And morphine, (the strongest
pain killer known to man), comes from poppy.
So while modern pharmacopoeia tries to convince us that herbal remedies are "alternative medicine", the truth is that modern drugs are the new kid on the block and an alternative to the traditional treatment of herbs and other natural sources.
Some additional places you may not be aware that you are using an
herbal treatment are in everyday products you get from your
supermarket. Those knowledgeable in the use of herbs have used
spearmint and peppermint for a few thousand years for tooth aches.
Now most brands of toothpaste have menthol which is the active
ingredient. Metamucil, ( a registered name brand), uses psyllium as
it`s active component for constipation and cherries have long been
known to help ease a cough and is now found in many cough syrups.
So, many of us are using herbs on a regular basis. The above examples show clearly that herbal treatment is common, mainstream and has real and measurable results.
To get you started on your way to getting the greatest benefit from
herbs we are going to start you with the top twelve most useful herbs
for everyday use. We call them...
Remember that herbs have real and sometimes powerful effects. If you are on medication or under a doctors care please consult them before using these or any other herbs or natural remedies.
Illness is an imbalance of body, mind and spirit. For health eat more vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, cold sea water fish, meditate, do deep breathing daily, pray and actively practice a spiritual faith of your choice.