For centuries, the use of medicinal plants was an enterprise based more on tradition, on the experience transmitted from generation to generation and on personal observations of the healears. The situation was radically changed until recent decades, when several laboratory studies have started to acknowledge (sometimes to refute) the therapeutic value of old remedies. The science brings almost daily new evidence that expectations one thing intuit a long time, namely that the crops really have a strong action and can help us to ameliorate or to well numerous health problems. Also, their secondary effects are much reduced compared with synthetic medicines.
In some cases, herbal remedies may not replace chemical pharmaceutical products. Research indicates that, for many diseases and symptoms, the treatments Spa facilities constitute a better treatment (or as effective as that classic), which are generally cheaper or even free of charge (when you can collect them by yourself) and who rarely generates serious adverse reactions.
We can’t expect that in the conditions of an industry that is based on the creation of molecules that can be patented and sold at exorbitant prices, sometimes phytotherapy to regain the mainstream. However, recent statistics show that, more often, the suffering prefers natural alternatives like medicines, naturally where possible. More doctors become interested alternative forms of therapy “gentle”, familiarize with these methods and studies of this kind are extended.
What are the plants that have the most solid scientific evidence and what diseases can be treated with their help? Here’s a question that next article is trying to answer.
Aloe vera, best for skin burns. This plant that often adorn the balconies of our rooms or received confirmation of the effectiveness in the treatment of minor burns, according to a Thai study. It’s wise to have an aloe handy. Does not require special care, than to wet once a week and rarely require fertilization. If by mistake you’ve burned oil fusty or you have reached a pot too hot, thick a leaf, and then open it; remove the juice inside and apply it directly on the place injured. You can also use aloe gel form, which is found in pharmacies and stores Spa facilities.
Boswellia serrata, against crisis of rheumatism. According to a research carried out by doctors of the Egyptians, a group of patients that have been administered for three months a combination of Boswellia serrata and turmeric (Curcuma longa) has reported a substantial improvement of the inflammation in the knee osteoartrita, compared with control group, who received placebo (a substance without therapeutic effect). Boswellia serrata can be bought even in the form of capsules containing the extract.
Chamomile, if you have any digestive disorder. Chamomile infusion, perhaps the best known cure phytotherapeutic preparation, is used worldwide as a cure for digestive disorders and received serious scientific evidence. It has the muscles relaxing action on the smooth combat inflammation intestinal mucous and has antiseptic properties. Prepare the flowers dry teas Chamomile and drink two or three cups per day.
Mielarea for premenstrual syndrome. Although it is called in other countries, “the castity”, the main use of this plant is premenstrual syndrome. A german study has certified that mielarea, due to the similar properties of oestrogen, can limit the severity of the symptoms of this monthly event in the life of the woman. Have beneficial effects observed at 93% of the over 1,500 participating in the experiment, and as efficient as the other two products of notoriety (vitamin B6 and Prozac). Mielarea is not just for effect, but also safe in administration, countless other studies confirming the qualities beyond any doubt. However, they require a minimum of three months of therapy. Take 40 drops of extract liquid concentrate (diluted in a glass of warm water), or a dish with powder, in the morning.
Crataegus monogyna, for cardiac inadequacy. Heart failure occurs when the heart beats with a force less than would be needed to pump a sufficient volume of blood; persons suffering from this disease get tired from the smallest effort. Several studies have shown that treatment with Crataegus monogyna (Crataegus oxyacantha) has very good results. Thus, German researchers have administered 240 mg extract, for three months, to a group of people with heart failure. At the end, they found a substantial increase of the resistance of the body to effort, a fact reported by 13 other studies.
Echinacea purpurea, against flu ontology. The root of Echinacea purpurea has an action binders on the immune system, according to American researchers. Eight of the nine recent studies have proven the effectiveness of the remedies on the basis of this vegetable in respiratory infections by reducing symptoms and accelerate recovery. Echinacea is accessible in the form of capsules or it can be prepared in the form of tea, but most indicated is the tincture. Is can be taken five millilitres of alcohol extract every three hours or three capsules containing 200 mg of the active part.
Hydrastis canadensis, for infections of the digestive system. Hydrastis canadensis is recognized as a powerful natural antibiotic, often present in combination with echinacea preparations used against infections. However, the effectiveness of this remedy shall be limited to the digestive tract, not useful in the case of influenza. Researchers have tested the plant in Chicago to combat Helicobacter pylori, preventing the multiplying them. Specialists recommend consulting a medical practitioner to before starting a cure with plants.
Hibiscus, anti-hypertension. A report published in a prestigious American magazine of specialty has confirmed that the infusion of hibiscus (two teaspoons of plant at 250 ml boiling water; two-three cups per day), administered for two weeks, decreases blood pressure, both on the reduce systolic (first digit), and the diastolic (second digit). Since this is a chronic disease, requires supervision of family doctor.