Herbs really do work! Our family alone has experienced better digestion, more energy, more restful sleep, no more need for Zyrtec, improved immunity, and no more joint pain/popping. People we know have used herbs against Crohn's disease, ear infections, chronic heartburn, thyroid problems, depression, diabetes, and high cholesterol. God truly gave us everything we ever needed in those first 6 days of creation!
About 50 percent of pharmaceuticals were created by taking the herb & extracting the part that is beneficial & then binding it to a chemical. Many other pharmaceuticals, they actually synthesize the part of the herb that is beneficial & then bind it to a chemical. Aspirin is a good example...it came from White Willow Bark! Valium is another example, coming from Valerian. Valerian does not have the addictive side-effects that Valium does...and you will find it in herbal teas at your grocery store. Once a pharmaceutical company binds the property to a chemical, they can then patent it, test it, and sell it at a price that will help them recoup their costs & become profitable.
The reason you can't find solid research on herbs is because they are plants & research is very expensive. Take garlic, for instance. If a company were to spend all the money to prove conclusively the health benefits of garlic, they wouldn't be able to recoup their cost...because garlic is a food we can all pick up at the grocery store! So pharmaceutical companies are not going to spend money to test/verify it!
Natural remedies typically have a history of centuries of use in different cultures...they vary by culture due to that culture's location & what was grown there. Today, many receive benefit from reviving these remedies & thanks to modern transportation & technology, we have access to a variety of sources. It is imperative that you get the best quality herbs...coming from the correct plant part, harvested at the correct time of year, and from the location with the highest nutrient quality/lowest toxicity.
If you would like to contact me about something specific, or are just looking for a general place to start, please visit www.joyfulhearthealth.com . The book, Comprehensive Guide to Nature's Sunshine Products is an excellent self-starter guide for using herbs for health.
book: Drugs & Nutrient Depletion Clell M. Fowles, pharmacist
book: Comprehensive Guide to Natures Sunshine Products, Steven Horne, Tree of Light Publishing
· 9 years ago