Sunday, January 26, 2014

Herbal Medicines - Types and Uses

Herbal medicines help a lot of people with different illnesses. Although some do not have therapeutic claims, most herbal remedies are safe and effective to use. However, one must consult their physicians first before deciding to take any of the herbal products.
In this article, we will discuss some of the most popular and widely used herbal products. Read the sections below and know more about the herbal remedies for various illnesses.
Bitter Gourd
Bitter Gourd, also know as Ampalaya in Philippine language, is a vegetable plant that has been used and is accepted for so many years. The bitter taste of this vegetable is often disdained by many of its consumers. However, the plant is widely known for its efficacy in lowering blood sugar levels. Over the years, it has been seen as an effective alternative treatment for Diabetes of both types.
St John's Wort
St John's Wort is often used for depression problems. It triggers some chemical changes in the body which often lead to the cure of depression problems. Like the Bitter Gourd, St John's Wort is accepted by many health agencies and is used by a lot of people. However, limitation to the use of this herbal remedy is needed. Consult with your doctors is necessary to bring about therapeutic effects.
Garlic is also one of the most helpful herbal remedies ever discovered. It is believed to cause changes in the blood pressure. Garlic is also known to lower blood cholesterol levels. It is a very potent and effective herbal remedy for several cardiovascular diseases.
Ginger is one of the greatest Chinese herbal medicines discovered. It is not only an herbal product but a spice used in many cooking recipes as well. Ginger is believed to have healing properties on the throat and is good as a cough and cold remedy.
Kava Kava
Kava Kava is also a popular treatment for mental disorders. Specifically, it treats anxiety problems. Like St John's Wort, it has to be taken with caution because of the detrimental changes it could bring. Physician consult is necessary before taking the herbal remedy.
Gingko Biloba
Gingko Biloba is mostly used for Alzheimer's disease. Today, it is widely accepted by many health agencies because of its therapeutic effects. It causes a positive change in the judgment, social function and awareness of an Alzheimer's patient.
Echinacea is also one of the most potent herbal remedies. It is used to treat flu and its accompanying signs and symptoms. Like the other herbal products mentioned above, Echinacea is accepted by health agencies all over the globe.
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