While the Indians still practice Ayurveda (a medical science completely based on the medical properties of plants and herbs) and the Chinese swear by their traditional Chinese Medicine, both of the parties have strong, compelling reasons to believe so much in the therapeutic properties of herbs.
Nature’s bounty has a lot in store and one of the greatest gifts it has held for us has been herbs with medicinal properties. Exotic Herbs with medicinal values could just be the thing that could help you recuperate from an unforeseen illness. Would you not want to know about all the medicinal perks herbs can give you?
You must bear in mind that not all herbs have medicinal properties and that not all herbs with medicinal properties can be had by anyone due to possible allergic reactions known to happen for most of the herbs. However, for the most part, herbs are an excellent alternative to modern medicine and are completely organic. Here are five herbs with medicinal properties that you can benefit from:
Eyebright: Loaded with astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, Eyebright has always been used for treating patients with eye problems like pinkeye or conjunctivitis. This herb, native to Europe, has been used as a traditional folk remedy for eye inflammation, eye irritation and other eye related problems. Introduced by a naturalist St. Hildegard (1098 – 1179), it has been a must-have herb when it comes to many eye problems. Eyebright is naturally found to be very rich in Vitamin A and C. It also comes with moderate amounts of B Complex, Vitamin D and slight incidences of Vitamin E. When it comes to minerals, it has zinc, Iron, silicon, Iodine and copper.
Garlic: Did you know that in spite of the fact that garlic is one of the most common spices used in the culinary rich Asian continent, its actual medicinal properties are unknown to most people? Garlic also has a rich and vibrant history. Ever since 3000 B.C, it has been in use for its extremely rich medical properties. Taking moderate amounts of garlic can reduce the incidence of your heart-risk by at least 67%. It is also known to reduce systolic blood pressure and diastolic pressure. Garlic lowers lipid-effects, decreases cholesterol levels (serum cholesterol – the bad cholesterol) and pumps up the lipoprotiens.
Gingko Biloba: This herb is one of the most important ones in the doctrines and practices of the ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine; the Chinese truly have a high regard for this herb simply because it is a wonder herb. Gingko Biloba – taken in usual supplement size of 40- 200 mg – literally cures like it’s a panacea – tuberculosis, cholera, bronchial congestion, problems related to the heart and the kidney. Ancient Indians believe that it is also an effective cure against the asthma. Gingko seeds are said to improve your brain functions and make you sharper. Further, Gingko might also help with curing ear problems, Alzheimer disease, dementia and many more health conditions. It also helps in improving concentration, helps in enhancing memory and brings about a sense of calmness when taken in little doses.
Ginger Root: In ancient China (Traditional Chinese Medicine), tea made with ginger root is said to be able to cure coughs, cold and flu. This tea is also said to cleanse and strengthen lungs and kidneys. In China, about 2000 years ago, ginger was known to aid in digestion and diarrhea. It is also known to help cure colic and heart conditions. Tibetans use ginger root to energize those suffering from various illnesses. Ginger root is said to also cure people from vertigo, dizziness, motion sickness and nausea. When you chew Ginger root, it is said to stimulate your salivary glands and is said to revoke the paralysis of the tongue.
Agrimony: The “all-cure’ herbs – or so the English believed – was known to cure and provide respite to those who suffer from most common conditions. It is said to cure people of all problems related to the kidneys, disorders relating to the gall bladder, and the liver. Agrimony is said to be a girl’s next best friend after diamonds because it was recommended for use for many gynecological problems. Skin diseases, asthma, coughs and cold were also known to be treated by agrimony.
Although there are really a lot of herbs that have medicinal values and can be used as alternatives to modern English medicines, these five herbs together probably constitute a group of herbs which can handle almost all normal and naturally occurring conditions and diseases. All of the herbs discussed here have no known or minimal allergic reactions and are moderately safe for use. It is however best to discuss your condition with your doctor before using any of the herbs here or otherwise.