March 2022 Volume 2 / Issue 184

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Natural Medicine World Magazine Issue 184
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Editor’s Letter

Herbal Medicine – a doorway into a sacred world

This is my response to a reader query: ‘Can herbs really help in healing specific conditions, or do they just have a feel-good effect?’

I am passionate about herbs, the various extraction methods and their medicinal properties. How wonderful it must be to go to work and walk around in nature, identifying and collecting herbs! Herbalism for some people – the herb itself or the cup of tea – becomes a doorway into a sacred world, a path to healing.

Some people have studied, researched and identified the precious substances within plants, making it possible to determine the best time to harvest and which part should be used (or the whole pant) for which ailment – leaf, flower, fruit or root. It is also possible to determine the most favourable conditions for cultivation, the best growing areas, the best soil and climate, and what to do so no fertilisers are used.

Herbs can be used in teas, for cooking and in a bath; as an extract in skincare products, creams, lotions, shampoos, sprays and toothpaste, as tinctures, juice or oils. They have a remarkable history, when properly used, of increasing the healing power of the human body and maintaining good health. Most herbs in their natural state are safe and do not leave a residue in the body that produces negative side effects.

AN ARGUMENT FOR THE USE OF HERBAL REMEDIES

We are so conditioned by society to believe that conventional drugs are the best answer for most illnesses. This approach, however, may leave many feeling rather powerless in the face of modern medicine – as though we have little or no control over the healing of our own bodies. But there is another medicinal route which we are free to follow and which is becoming more frequently trodden: the herbal pathway to health.

Herbal medicines are not drugs as they are not one specific chemical (as most conventional drugs are). They contain a multitude of constituents, meaning that the potency of different batches can vary. In general they are not as strong as conventional drugs. Always ask for standardised herbal extracts when buying herbal supplements. This will ensure that the same amount of the herb is found in every dose you take.

Herbal remedies are generally well-tolerated, less sedating (do not make you as tired) with few side effects and not addictive. Many herbal preparations can help with short- or long-term health issues.

DIFFERENT FORMS OF HERBAL REMEDIES

Herbs generally fit into a number of categories depending on what you are using them for.

Some common categories include:

  • Acute: for treating a current condition
  • Tonic: taken for long-term health problems
  • Anodyne: for general pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation which may reduce pain
  • Nervine: long-term tonic for the nervous system
  • Sedative: reduces excitement and is calming and relaxing
  • Skeletal-muscle relaxants: help with voluntary muscle pain (such as back and joint pain)
  • Sleep aid: helps with falling or staying asleep Smooth-muscle relaxants: relieve smooth-muscle pain such as menstrual or digestive cramps

The educated consumer has a choice. Herbs have been used by several cultures for several thousand years. That’s why I like to call it traditional and not alternative or complementary medicine.

THANK YOU TO OUR EXPERTS

Our authors receive no payment or any other form of remuneration from us or from the industry. They take time out from their busy schedules to write articles – and then we insist that they meet our deadlines, submit extra references, answer endless queries from reviewers and copy editors, and respond to the letters we receive from you, our readers. Here’s to all of them! May their tireless and tremendous efforts bring them well-deserved rewards.

Yours in Healthy Living

Daleen Full Signature Daleen Totten

Benefits of Coconut Milk, Water and Oil

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Coconuts are synonymous with island life – palm trees with huge coconuts swaying in a light breeze along a sandy coastline. Today, however, more and more people are associating coconuts with superfood status, and are talking about the health and skincare benefits of coconut water, milk and oil.

What Does Progesterone Do?

By |2022-08-24T14:54:14+00:00March 15th, 2022|

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Progesterone helps prevent osteoporosis in a manner that complements oestrogen/ testosterone. While oestrogen prevents bone breakdown, progesterone actually promotes bone rebuilding by stimulating the osteoblasts (the cells that create the bone fabric itself). Progesterone is the only known natural biological chemical that stimulates the osteoblast activity in both men and women.

The Sunscreen Product Minefield

By |2022-03-16T23:04:31+00:00March 16th, 2022|

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Zealous advertisers advocate sun­screen products with sun protection factors (SPFs) ranging from 15 to 100+. But how much of this is scientifically validated, and how much is spin-doctoring taking advantage of fear­ful and gullible consumers? Is an SPF of 100 really twice as good as one of 50, or even 30 or 15 for that matter? The short answer is no. The numbers do not compute that simply, as we will see.

The Battle Of The Bulge

By |2022-10-19T21:11:33+00:00March 16th, 2022|

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Reasons for weight control problems include insulin resistance, an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, blood lipid disorders, hormonal imbalance, self-image, and the many erroneous beliefs around body weight, healthy living, exercise and fitness.

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About the Author:

As editor, publisher and founder member of Natural Medicine World and Natural Medicine Magazine, Daleen has been researching and publishing on natural health spanning over 25 years. She has an in-depth knowledge on all aspects of health and natural products. She has a passion for knowledge and strives to share the work of the brightest minds and biggest hearts in healing. She is the mother of three children.
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