Herbology involves the study and the use of plants for medicinal purpose. The use of natural herbal medicine has been since the traditional times, and it has spread to the modern times too. Chinese, the Indians, and Egyptians used herbs to treat diseases and also assist in the body functions. They used to take the herbs in raw form, i.e., they were not processed, but they had the knowledge to know which herb worked where. In the recent times, the herbal medicines come in different forms such as the tablets, tinctures, extracts, teas, syrups and each is used in a specific way in the body.
The use of the herbal medicines has been on the increase, especially for people suffering from chronic diseases. Chronic diseases are diseases that have lasted for a long time, preferably more than three months. Some of the chronic diseases include different kinds of cancer, epilepsy, arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases, obesity amongst others. Doctors are now advising their patients to take natural medicines so that they are able to manage their conditions. Obviously, these diseases have been treated by use of conventional drugs for a long while, but the decision to use alternative medicine is for various reasons.
The primary purpose of natural herbal medicine is to help the body get back to its normal state and also aid in the healing process. They have been found to be more effective, much cheaper than the conventional drugs and last longer in the body than other drugs. Different herbs have different ways in which they work the body system. With there being an increase of chronic diseases nowadays, the medical cost is always on the higher side. This is because some doctors have not informed about the use of herbal drugs and also the pharmaceutical companies would like to gain their profits from their overpriced drugs.
Some chronic diseases have been found to respond to other alternatives such as acupuncture, herbal therapy, exercise so as to strengthen the body for better healing. The natural herbal medicines are not meant to replace the conventional drugs, but they are intended to work together to restore wholeness. For a person with the chronic disease, they will have first to be treated first so that the body returns to its normal function. While they take the herbal supplements, they should combine this with exercise and proper nutrition. For the chronic diseases that require one to combine conventional drugs and herbal medicines, it is advisable to walk with a doctor for proper guidance.
Natural herbal medicines work in the body by:
· Boosting the immunity of the body and promote the well-being so that the body can fight off infections.
· Increasing the production of melatonin in the body to calm down the nerves, hence one is able to relax and sleep especially in cases of chronic depression and stress.
· They have antioxidant effects that help in reduction of radical free cells in the body that cause toxic effects and cause diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
· Reducing the inflammation that is in the body, hence reducing the chances of recurrence of illness.
For people who will opt for the herbal medicine, it is best to know that they should be committed to self-care and healing for at least a few hours per day. For some chronic diseases, it may take longer to heal than others because of the microbes involved. Change of lifestyle is also advised so that you minimize the chance of the diseases spreading further or even recurrence. The most important thing to note is that before taking any herbal products together with other drugs, consult your doctor to avoid any adverse effects.