Herbal Medicine works. That is why it has been popular for thousands of years, and why it is the inspiration or the source for most of our modern pharmaceuticals. It works better today than it ever has, because it is much easier to share information and knowledge. In the past, knowledge of plants stayed local. We also have modern chemistry which has given us a deeper understanding of the phytochemicals (the molecules in plants) and the biochemicals in humans. We know much more today about how and why herbs work and how and when to take them.
In America and especially in New York City, there has been a profound pooling of knowledge about the medicine from plants all over the world. Because of this we are now in the middle of an herbal medicine renaissance. The famed Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s leading hospitals, recently added Chinese Herbal Medicine to it’s system of core approaches. Also see this recent article from the NY Times entitled:
Herbal medicine is better than ever!
There are herbs for:
- Boosting your energy
- Helping you sleep
- Keeping you calm
- Easing aches and pains in joints or muscles
- Lowering blood pressure
- Regulating blood sugar/insulin and reducing the craving for sugar
- Stopping or shortening colds and the flu
- Easing anxiety
- Boosting Libido
- Boosting Immunity
- Healing enlarged prostate
- Dental Health Improvement/healing gingivitis
- Lowering Cholesterol
- Ending Kidney stones!
- Stopping Infections
- Easing menstrual discomfort
- Speeding recovery from injuries
- Helping weight loss
- Increasing memory and concentration
- Boosting Vitality and sense of well-being
- Aids for meditation/concentration/spirituality
- Better dream recall
- and much more!
Herbal medicine is the medicine of positive side effects. Let’s say tried Ginger tea because you heard that Ginger was good for nausea or car sickness. You find that it works almost instantly. Your nausea vanishes! But other good things also happen, what I call the positive side effects of herbal medicine. If used daily, over time your digestion would improve. And according to recent scientific studies, your memory would improve. Regular use of ginger improves concentration, learning and memory!
That’s not all. Any achy joints you have would start to feel better with regular use, because Ginger is a great help for joint pain. You would catch fewer colds as ginger is antibacterial and antiviral. And If you have a chill ginger will warm you right up, especially with a little cinnamon.
Ginger is proven in double blind studies to lower cholesterol! How Could Ginger do so many things? Every plant contains thousands of molecules, and many of those molecules are useful for the body and can promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Plants are extremely complex. Many mainstream medicines contain molecules originally discovered in plants. Regular daily use of an herb keeps these molecular substances constantly circulating in the body and they will dramatically improve your health. A cup or two of Ginger tea a day can do all of those things I mention above, and is one of the stars of the herbal world.
“A cup of tea a day would starve the apothecary” Chinese proverb.
It’s easy on your wallet. Fresh ginger root will keep for months if properly stored. Dried Ginger will keep for years if well stored. It’s delicious. What more could you want? That’s why Ginger has been used as a medicine for thousands of years.
There are many herbs like Ginger, that heal the body in many areas at once. That’s the ‘positive side effects’ of herbal medicine.
But not everyone can take a lot of Ginger. There some contraindications for using it on a daily basis. If one tends to be flushed and warm (one sign of that is always craving cool drinks) then Ginger is not the right herb for you. It could make you feel even more warm. So do your research and call a good herbalist. The American Herbalist Guild has a list of herbalists in your area. You can find them at their website.
Give herbal medicine a try.
Email me: Robert@herbalurbanist.com. I’m in NYC and can talk with you about improving your health the natural way, an effective way, and in a way that takes you out into nature, into the remarkable world of plants. Salud!