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What is herbal medicine? .. Does it treat diseases like medicines?


Herbal medicine is the use of plants to treat disease and promote general health and well-being, but herbs can interact with other pharmaceutical drugs so they are taken with caution. Some herbs contain powerful ingredients, and should be taken with the same level of caution as pharmaceutical drugs, according to a betterhealth report.


Active ingredients and herbal medicine

 

Herbal medicines contain active ingredients, the active ingredients of many herbal preparations are not yet known, some pharmaceutical medicines are based on a single active ingredient derived from a plant source, and herbal medicine practitioners believe that the active ingredient can lose its effect or become less safe if used in isolation from the rest of the plant.


Medicinal uses of herbs

 

Herbal medicine aims to return the body to a state of natural balance so that it can heal itself. Different herbs work on different body systems. Commonly used herbs in herbal medicine and their traditional uses include:


Echinacea: to activate the immune system and help the body fight infection, and is used to treat diseases such as boils, fever and herpes


Garlic: Used to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of blood lipids and cholesterol (a type of fat in the blood), the antiviral and antibiotic properties of garlic mean it is also used to fight colds, sinusitis, and other respiratory infections.


Ginger: Several studies have shown ginger to be helpful in treating nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness.


Ginseng: It is generally used to treat fatigue, for example during recovery from illness, and is also used to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but its overuse is associated with high blood pressure.


hypericum - commonly known as St. John's wort: Studies have indicated that St. John's wort is as effective as some pharmaceutical antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression. It is also used for anxiety and insomnia. However, St. John's wort can interact with a number of prescription medications, including That includes the oral contraceptive pill, and prevents it from working properly.


Effects of using herbs

 

It can be mistakenly thought that herbal medicines are completely safe because they are natural products, which is not true. Herbal medicines can produce negative effects such as allergic reactions, rashes, asthma, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that can range from mild to severe, like other prescription medicines.


Medicines and herbal supplements may interact in different ways with over-the-counter or prescription medications.

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