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herbal medicineThe use of substances extracted from flowers, fruits, roots, seeds and stems, either alone or as an adjunct to other forms of alternative healthcare or physical manipulation.
Aromatherapy, ayurvedic herbal medicine, Bach flower remedies, Chinese herbal medicine.
Classic texts on herbal medicine
Chakra Samhita, The Complete Herbal, De Materia Medica, Pen Ts’ao, Rigveda, Theatrum Botanicum.
Abcesses, acidity, acne, addiction disorders, adenoids, agoraphobia, alcoholism, allergies, anaemia, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, athletes’ foot, bedwetting, bites and stings, bladder problems, blisters, bone fractures, bronchitis, bruxism, bruises, bunions, burns, bursitis, candidiasis, celiac disease, chickenpox, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulatory defects, claustrophobia, the common cold, coughs, cramps, dandruff, earache, eczema, emphysema, eyestrain, fatigue, fever, flatulence, fluid retention, food poisoning, frozen shoulder, gallstones, gastrointestinal tract complaints (e.g., anal changes, gastritis, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhoea and irritable bowl syndrome), gout, halitosis, hangover, hay fever, headaches, heat rash, heartburn, haemorrhoids, hiccups, hives, hypertension, hypotension, incontinence, infertility, insomnia, jaundice, jet lag, laryngitis, low back pain, measles, menopausal disorders, mental depression, menstrual dysfunction, migraines, mineral deficiencies, mood swings, morning sickness, mumps, neurologic complaints, obesity, painful conditions (e.g., neuralgia), panic attacks, parasites, periodontal disease, phobias, postpartum depression, premenstrual syndrome, prolapsed vertebral disks, prostate disease, psoriasis, renal disease, rheumatic disease, sciatica, sexual dysfunction, shortness of breath, sinusitis, sleep disorders, sports injuries, stasis (decubitus) ulcers, stress, tension, thyroid disease, tics, tinnitus, vaginitis, vertigo, warts, wheezing, whooping cough, and other conditions.
There are few peer-reviewed studies supporting the efficacy of herbal medicine.
Herbs and plants used
Agrimony, anise, apple, balm, bayberry, blackberry leaves, boneset, borage, buchu, burdock, calamus root, caraway, catnip, cayenne, celandine, chamomile, chicory root, coltsfoot, comfrey, coriander, damiana, dill, echinea, elder, elecampene, fennel, feverfew, flax, garlic, gentian, ginger, ginkgo, goldenrod, goldenseal, gota kola, ground ivy, hops, horehound, horseradish, hyssop, Irish moss, juniper, lavender, lemon, liquorice, lobelia, marshmallow, milk thistle, mistletoe, motherwort, mugwort, mullein, mustard, myrtle, nettle, nutmeg, oak bark, pennyroyal, peppermint, plaintain, pokeroot, purslane, red clover, rosemary, rue, sage, Saint John’s wort, saw , skullcap, senna, slippery elm, sumac, tarragon, valerian, wormwood, yarrow, yellow dock and others.
herbal medicineBotanical medicine, botanomedicine, herbalism, phytomedicine, phytotherapy, vegotherapy Alternative health As usually defined in alternative medicine, the therapeutic use of extracts from flowers, fruits, roots, seeds, and stems, alone or as an adjunct to other forms of alternative health care or physical manipulation–eg, massages. See Alterative, Alternative medicine, Analgesic, Anthelmintic, Antibiotic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Botanical toxicity, Carminative, Cathertic, Decoction, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Douche, Emetic, Emmenagogue, Enema, Ethnomedicine, Fluid extract, Green extract, Hepatic, Infusion, Laxative, Naturopathy, Nervine, Ointment, Poultice, Stomachic, Suppository, Syrup, Tincture.
nat·ur·o·path·ic med·i·cine(nā'chŭr-ō-path-ik mĕd-i-sin)
See also: naturopathic medicine
herbal medicineA form of medical treatment using extracts of herbs. Many orthodox and important drugs are derived from herbs, but herbalists concentrate on those not considered by pharmacologists to be of sufficient medical value to exploit. Because of the variability of the amounts of the active ingredients in herbs and because these medicines are not assayed, instances of poisoning by herbal remedies regularly appear in the medical press. There are moves to regulate this trade.
Patient discussion about herbal medicine
Q. I don’t have any idea about herbal medicine. Hi! My 7 years old daughter is suffering from asthma and this gets severe with cold. I would like to know, is there any herbal medicine or syrup that my daughter can take for her asthma and cold. I don’t have any idea about herbal medicine. Thank You.
Q. Can herbal medicine help for this and how much? I am diabetic for the past 3 years and I am taking glimeprimide for long. The moment I find my blood glucose level down I stop taking glimeprimide but soon my glucose jumps up to danger levels. I am fed up with this and I can’t control on my diet....can herbal medicine help for this and how much?
i will suggest you to consult with your internist for that, but if you believe that herbal medicine can help you, try that. but it for start, cannot replace your glimepiride. slowly but sure, when you improve your diabetic level (by regularly checking your blood glucose level), you can discuss that progress with your doctor.
Good luck, and stay healthy always..
Q. Which HERBAL medicine will increase my memory? I am reporter working for a familiar news channel with reputed name. The management trusts my words because I am very good in my memory. But for the past few months I am facing some memory loss and took some English medicine which is not much effective. So now I like to change my medication. Which HERBAL medicine will increase my memory?