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Naturally, with our exclusive array of Holistically Oriented
Treatments. We incorporate detoxification programs, Rejuvenating
Implants, and Regenerating Supplements along with Treatment
Programs custom tailored to suit your specific Health needs
with our assortment of Supplements and Homeopathic Remedies.
Herbal Medicine is the most ancient form
of health care known to humankind. Herbs have been used in
all cultures throughout history. Herbs have always been integral
to the practice of medicine. Today approximately 25 percent
of all prescription drugs are still derived from trees, shrubs,
or herbs. Some are made from plant extracts; others are synthesized
to mimic a natural plant compound.
herb is the word used in herbal medicine that means a plant
or plant part that is used to make medicine, food flavors
(spices), or aromatic oils for soaps and fragrances. An herb
can be leaf a flower, a stem, a seed, a root, a fruit, bark,
or any other plant part used for its medicinal, food flavoring,
or fragrant property.
In general herbal medicines work in much the same way
as do conventional pharmaceutical drugs, i.e., via their chemical
makeup. Herbs contain a large number of naturally occurring
chemicals that have biological activity. Herbal medicine has
most to offer when used to facilitate healing in chronic ongoing
problems. By skillful selection of herbs for the patient,
a profound transformation in health can be effected with less
danger of the side effects inherent in drug-based medicine.
However, the common assumption that herbs act slowly and mildly
is not necessarily true. Adverse effects can occur if an inadequate
dose, a low-quality herb, or the wrong herb is prescribed
for the patient.
qualities of herbs which make them beneficial in treating
the human body, include:
Adaptogenic herbs increase resistance and resilience
to stress, enabling the body to adapt around the problem
and avoid reaching collapse. Adaptogens work by supporting
the adrenal glands
Herbs that gradually restore proper function of the body,
in creasing health and vitality.
Herbs that destroy or expel intestinal worms.
Herbs that soothe inflammations or reduce the inflammatory
response of the tissue directly. They work in a number of
different ways, but rarely inhibit the natural inflammatory
reaction as such.
Antimicrobials help the body destroy or resist pathogenic
(disease-causing) microorganisms. Herbs help the body strengthen
its own resistance to infective organisms and throw off
illness. While some contain chemicals that are antiseptic
or poisonous to certain organisms, in general they aid the
body's natural immunity.
Antispasmodic ease cramps in smooth and skeletal muscles.
They alleviate muscular tension and can ease psychological
tension as well.
Astringents have a binding action on mucous membranes, skin
and other tissue. They have the effect of reducing irritation
and inflammation, and creating a barrier against infection
that is helpful to wounds and burns.
Herbs with a bitter tasted have a special role in preventative
medicine. The taste triggers a sensory response in the central
nervous system leading to a range of responses, including:
stimulation appetite and the flow of digestive juices; aiding
the liver's detoxification work; increasing bile flow, and
motivating gut self-repair mechanisms.
Plants that are rich in aromatic volatile oils stimulate
the digestive system to work properly and with ease. They
soothe the gut wall; reduce any inflammation that might
be present; and ease griping pains and help with removal
of gas from the digestive tract.
Demulcent herbs are rich in mucilage and soothe and protect
irritated or inflamed tissue. They reduce irritation down
the whole length of the bowel reduce sensitivity to potentially
corrosive gastric acids, help prevent diarrhea, and reduce
the muscle spasms that cause colic.
Diuretics increase the production and elimination of urine.
They help the body eliminate waste and support the whole
process of inner cleansing.
Emmenagogues stimulate menstrual flow and activity. With
most herbs, however, the term is used in the wider sense
for a remedy that affects the female reproductive system.
Herbs that stimulate removal of mucous from the lungs. Stimulating
expectorants "irritate" the bronchioles (a subdivision of
the bronchial tubes) causing expulsion of material. Relaxing
expectorants soothe bronchial spasm and loosen mucous secretions,
helping dry, irritating coughs.
Hepatics aid the liver. They tone and strengthen the liver
and in some cases increase the flow of bile. In a broad
holistic approach to health they are of great importance
because of the fundamental role of the liver in maintaining
health by not only facilitating digestion but by removing
toxins from the body.
Hypotensives are plant remedies that lower abnormally elevated
These are plants that promote bowel movements. They are
divided into those that work by providing bulk, those that
stimulate the production of bile in the liver and its release
from the gallbladder, and those that directly trigger peristalsis
(wavelike contractions of the smooth muscles of the digestive
Nervines help the nervous system and can be subdivided into
three groups. Nervine tonics strengthen and restore the
nervous system. Nervine relaxants ease anxiety and tension
by soothing both body and mind. Nervine stimulants directly
stimulate nerve activity.
Stimulants quicken and invigorate the physiological and
metabolic activity of the body.
Tonics nurture and enliven. They are used frequently in
Tradition Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, often
as a preventative measure. Tonic herbs like ginseng build
vital energy, or qi.
Herbology / Herbal Medicine