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Welcome to herbal-home-remedies.org, a reference guide for popular home remedies and herbal remedies known to cure and strengthen the body.
Human beings have been consulting healers for thousands if years. Whether it's a medicine man, shaman, naturopath, physician or some other type of health expert, what goes around seems to come around.
Being city dwellers, we get our roots at herb shops and health food stores. Actually, that's not all we get there. We also take advantage of modern-dat-technology and buy vitamins and supplements that are commercially manufactured. You'll notice that, along with the classic folk remedies included in this web site, we've added new remedies that may have you going to the health food store!
In this millennium, we've come to realize that we have lots of choice when it comes to health care. It shouldn't be a matter of alternative medicine vs allopathic medicine. Integrative medicine combines traditional practices with alternative health treatment. Learn your options and, with the supervision of your health professional, take the best of both.
In 19th-century North America, a form of herbalism currently known as physiomedicalism (intended to refer to the study of healing through the use of organic substances) became the basis for therapeutic herbalism, as we know it in the United States today. This had strong elements of traditional Native American plant knowledge and rural settlers' folklore remedies. In Europe, herbalism struggled to become reestablished on scientific grounds and remained more closely linked to plants. This form of herbalism is more correctly called "phytotherapy." In France today all phytotherapists are qualified physicians, although herbal therapists elsewhere in Europe may have no such qualifications.
The Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Native (North and South) American cultures all have traditional systems of herbal medicine. In China and Japan the use of herbal remedies is officially promoted by a government ministry and included in national health systems. In India, herbalism is part of the ancient but still widely used system of Ayurvedic medicine. Native Americans use herbs in a spiritual sense, placing emphasis on their purifying and cleansing properties, both physically and mentally.
Among the varied approaches to medical herbalism, there is one important governing principle - that of "synergism," which maintains that the strength of the sum of the parts is greater than the strength of individual parts. Therefore, herbalists prefer to use plant parts in their entirety in their remedies, rather than trying to isolate the plant's chemically active constituents (as conventional medicine does). They believe that the combination of each and every element of a plant forms its healing properties, and that each element has specific roles within the body outside the active ingredient itself. The combination of elements also works to prevent harmful side effects.
Preparing and Using Herbs
Effective herbal remedies can be prepared in the kitchen, but the dangers of self-diagnosis cannot be stressed too highly. Any unusual medical problem should be diagnosed and treated by a qualified medical herbalist, or a conventional medical doctor.
Herbs may be natural, but they are powerful healing tools and can be toxic in excess.To gain maximun benefit from herbs, it is important to prepare them correctly. Some methods are listed below.
Infusions - Flowers with them leaves and stalks make the besil infusions because they release they active ingredients easily. Measure the required amount of herb into a warmed china teapot. Pour boiling water over, and steep (soak) for 10 to 15 minutes before straining. Alii infusions should be discarded afteri a few hours.
Decoctions - Woody stems, roots, seeds, and bark are preferred for decoctions. Chop or crush thej herb in order to break down the, active ingredients. Put the required amount in a nonreactive saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 tol 15 minutes. Strain, and use while still hot. As with infusions, all decoctions should be discarded after a few hours.
Tinctures - Tinctures are highly concentrated mixtures of alcoholic spirit and herbs. Put the chopped or ground herb into a container with a lid, and cover with vodka. The ratio of herb to liquid by volume is 1 :5. Leave in a warm place for two weeks, shaking twice daily. Strain through a cheesecloth, squeezing well. Store in a well-sealed, dark glass bottle.
Compresses - A compress enables the skin at the site of an inflammation or wound to absorb the active ingredients of an herbal infusion or decoction. Soak a clean cloth in the heated herbal liquid and apply to the affected area.
Poultices - A poultice is a compress that contains solid (but soft or mushy) constituents. Wrap the herbs from a hot infusion or decoction in gauze and apply to the skin at the site of an inflammation or wound. Place a hot-water bottle over the top in order to maintain the heat within the compress.
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