Botanical Medicine is becoming more popular. Learn how herbs are used medicinally:
History of Herbs
Before modern medicine, botanical or herbal medicine was widely used to address illness, nourish the body, and prevent health problems from occurring. In fact, many medications are designed to mimic the properties of herbs. With many struggling to find answers within modern medicine, we are returning to past ways of finding true health and vitality. Herbs can provide similar effects to medications, and often without harmful side effects. Instead, herbs offer additional benefits because they have multiple properties.
There are several herbal properties, or herbal actions as they are sometimes called. We will cover some of them here:
Alterative – blood purifier used for different chronic conditions and supports the functions of the liver, spleen, kidneys, and bowels.
Analgesic – relieves pain.
Antiasmatic – helps symptoms of asthma and supports the lungs.
Antibiotic – inhibits the growth or destroys bacteria.
Antispasmodic – relaxes muscle spasms or cramping.
Astringent – constricts, tones, or binds hemorrhages or secretions.
Carminative – relieves gas and pain in the bowels.
Diuretic – increases the flow of urine and supports the kidneys to aid in detoxification.
Expectorant – expels mucus from the lungs and throat.
Hemostatic – stops hemorrhaging and bleeding.
Laxative – promotes healthy bowel movements.
Nervine – calms nervous tension and nourishes the nervous system, may help with sleep.
Stimulant – increases energy and circulation in the body and breaks up obstructions.
Vulnerary – promotes healing of wounds and cell growth and repair.
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Amy Willis MH, CTN
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Amy Willis M.H.