Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism,
For most herbs, the specific ingredient that causes a therapeutic effect is not known. Whole herbs contain many ingredients, and it is likely that they work together to produce the desired medicinal effect. Many factors affect how effective an herb will be. For example, the type of environment (climate, bugs, soil quality) in which a plant grew will affect its components, as will how and when it was harvested and processed.
For the reasons described in the previous section, herbalists prefer using whole plants rather than extracting single components from them. Whole plant extracts have many components. These components work together to produce therapeutic effects and also to lessen the chances of side effects from any one component. Several herbs are often used together to enhance effectiveness and synergistic actions and to reduce toxicity. Herbalists must take many things into account when prescribing herbs. For example, the species and variety of the plant, the plant’s habitat, how it was stored and processed, and whether or not there are contaminants.
Herbalists, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine all use herbs to treat illness. Naturopathic physicians believe that the body is continually striving for balance and that natural therapies can be used to support this process. They are trained in four-year, postgraduate institutions that combine courses in conventional medical science (such as pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and surgery) with clinical training in Herbal treatments, homeopathy, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling.
Although a renaissance is occurring in Herbal treatments in the United States, the FDA still classifies herbs as dietary supplements and forbids manufacturers to claim that their products are able to treat or prevent specific diseases. In some countries in Europe, however, herbs are classified as drugs and are regulated. The German Commission E, an expert medical panel, actively researches their safety and effectiveness.
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Terminalia chebula has been used as an astringent and is the best bowel cleanser. The herb also possesses antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Out of all, here are some of the prime indications where it gets you best results –
* It is best mild laxative so work in cleansing the bowels
* It is best adaptogenic agent and hence best general health tonic
Gymnema helps decreasing the craving for sugar and neutralizes excessive glucose that is present in the body. This property is beneficial to sufferers of diabetes as the herb is often used as anti-diabetic drug.
Uses of Gymnema
* Great sugar regulator and hence it is best as diabetic support.
* Restores appetite