People used herbs for thousand of years to flavor and preserve food, treat ailments, ward off pests and diseases, to freshen the air, and decorate and enhance our lives.
In general terms, the herb is a plant that is valuable for its flavor, aromatic or medicinal properties, and also different parts of the herb such as the stalks, flowers, fruits, seeds, roots or leaves can have crucial applications. From small herbs that are indoors or growing beside our highways to bushy shrubs in highest mountain areas to the tall trees in tropical rain forests, there are thousands of plants all over the planet that belong to the herbs family.
Exploring the natural remedies:
Nature is a pharmacist, and leaves, bark, fruits grain, flowers, seeds and roots of plants are its drugs. Herbal medicines, or botanical preparations, may be used in the treatment of almost all of children’s diseases, and they are often cheaper, safer and more effective than synthetic drugs. Of course, herbal medicines can not replace medications that your doctor will give you on a prescription, or those in the free market, but in many cases can serve as a complement to the conventional mode of treatment drugs.
Herbal medicines are proven. Worldwide, 80% of the people use herbs as a fundamental tool in the preservation of well-being. In Europe doctors often rely on herbal medicine, but in the US, herbs are not in such wide use, in part because companies that produce drugs are opting for synthetic drugs, which can be patented and sold, and thus make a profit. Gifts from Mother Nature can not be patented, and therefore, drug companies prefer to produce and package the synthetic drugs.
Although people prefer synthetic drugs, about 25 percent of all medicines in the world that are a prescription containing the active ingredients of plant origin. In many cases, the drugs contain active ingredients that are synthesized from chemicals similar to those found in plants. For example, the herb Ephedra contains ephedrine, which is a decongestant, and many drugs for allergies and colds contain pseudoephedrine, a synthetic version of ephedrine.
Moreover, pharmaceutical companies as well as modern herbalists, owe gratitude to the ancient herbalists who have examined the properties of various plants and carefully monitor the results of their application.
Based on experience, herbalists has found that there are plants that cure and that other are harmful. We now understand the basics of biochemistry and why many herbal agents work, or that traditional herbal medicine knowledge relies on thousands of years of trial and error. The tradition dates back to the time before recorded history: in the cemetery of Neanderthal man have been found evidence of the use of yarrow, marshmallow, and other medicinal plants even before 60,000 years.
Are herbs safe and effective
There is disturbing evidence that many people hesitate before you swallow a few pills “Tylenol”, or so without thinking of taking a few capsules of the herbal drug because it believes it is “natural” and therefore can not hurt. Moreover, it is true that most of the medicinal plants are safer than synthetic drugs and that there are fewer serious side effects if used inadequate, herbs can express vigorous and adverse reactions as well as medicines on prescription.
Unfortunately, herbal medicines can be easily abuse. Unlike drugs, botanical preparations do not have to undergo rigorous testing before they occur in health food stores. (Most of the herbal medicines are classified as foods or dietary supplements and not as drugs). What this means is that it remain to the consumer to be informed about the safety and effectiveness of herbal remedies before their use or administration of these drugs to children. It also means that the consumer should be careful to comply with the instructions given in the package when deciding how much plant resources will take and whether it is safe for indoor or outdoor use. If the declaration does not have any warning, it does not mean that the herbal product, in any case, is safe, so parents need to proceed cautiously.