Traditional herbal medicines have been used in the UK for centuries. Although there are other conventional medical treatments available, herbal medicines remain popular even today
Though it is classed as a complementary medicine in the UK, it’s actually the most widely practiced form of medicine across the world 80 percent of the world’s population is dependent on herbs for their health.
Some herbal treatments are well established, and have undergone clinical testing. This approach is best called phytotherapy and uses one remedy for one condition based on proper scientific testing.
Traditional herbal medicine makes a diagnosis based on factors that are no longer used by conventional medicine. A patient is prescribed a herbal mixture that is individual to him and based on his characteristics.
Therefore, 10 different people with depression, for example, would each receive a different mixture (typically made up of six to 10 different herbs).
There are a number of other therapies that use plants as remedies. Apart from Western herbal medicine, you may also have heard of:
Ayurvedic medicine, which treats the mind and body together with herbal medicines, yoga, massage, diet and meditation
Traditional Chinese medicine, which works on the same principles as Ayurveda and uses herbs.
Making of Herbal Medicines
Many conventional medicines originate from a single active ingredient of a plant. Scientists can isolate this and produce it on a large scale in a laboratory. This is the opposite of herbal medicines which may contain dozens of different ingredients.
Herbalists believe that all the elements are in balance within j a plant and so it’s important to keep them together. The different components are made more or less powerful depending on the others that are present.
Benefits of Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine can treat almost any condition that patients might take to their doctor. Common complaints seen by herbalists include skin problems such as psoriasis, acne and eczema, digestive disorders such as peptic ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion.
Problems involving the heart and circulation like angina, high blood pressure, varicose veins, varicose ulcers etc. can also be treated successfully as can gynecological disorders like premenstrual syndrome and menopausal problems. Conditions such as arthritis, insomnia, stress, migraine and headaches, tonsillitis, influenza and allergic responses like hay fever and asthma can also be treated with herbal medicine.
Qualified herbalists know when a condition is best seen by a doctor or another therapist. Nowadays, people prefer herbal medicines. Life is becoming more stressful, busier, more tensed and people are working like machines.
More and more people are suffering from different diseases due to this life style. They rely on herbs to improve their health. This is the major reason of popularity of herbs. Doctors believe that in future any disease would be cured by herbs alone.