Most Commonly Used Herbal Remedies

by Gail Browser
(California, USA)

Herbs have been proven to be a valid source of medicine for illnesses as an alternative to most medically prescribed medicine. However, although herbs have been proven to have the strength to treat many ailments that people may suffer on a day to day basis, herbs are not powerful enough to wipe out the pharmaceutical market entirely.

As an alternative form of medication, herbal remedies does provide patients with treatment at a price that is less expensive and at the expense of fewer side-effects. The best way to use herbal remedies is to use only the amount instructed on the label or as it has been researched. Doctors should also be talked to when it is decided to use an herbal remedy.

Being pregnant, taking medication regularly, nursing, or having a constant medical condition can produce potentially adverse complications when using herbal remedies. Some examples of common herbal remedies are aloe vera, black cohosh, boswellia, chamomile, coffee, and cranberry.

Aloe Vera: a well-known herb used for the purpose of soothing minor burns. A leaf from an aloe vera plant can be cut and sliced open. The gel from the plant placed on the pain of a minor burn can soothe and relieve the wound.

Black Cohosh: in the past was used as a way to treat gynecological illnesses and/or other bodily complaints seen in women. Presently, black cohosh can be used to treat menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes. There are studies that show black cohosh is the best treatment for hot flashes, succeeding estrogen.

Boswellia: an herb used for the treatment of joint injuries and arthritis.Boswellia has the power to significantly reduce any swelling that is in the knee and therefore has the ability to reduce swelling in other affected areas.

Chamomile: probably the most popular of the group, typically known as chamomile tea. Chamomile is more than just a tea, however, and offers to its taker the promise of better digestion. This is because chamomile is used to aid digestive problems and does this by relaxing smooth muscle spasms and getting rid of inflammation.

Coffee: Caffeine has the ability to act as a stimulant and help the body in up to three different ways. It can be used to increase athletic stamina; it can be used for pain relief, and as a decongestant for the flu, asthma, or colds.

Cranberry: has the ability to prevent bacteria from building in the bladder and subsequently causing an infection. For this reason,cranberry is used for urinary tract infections. When suffering from a UTI it is not uncommon for a doctor or physician to suggest the patient to drink cranberry juice. This is why.

Echinacea: is an herb that is responsible for increasing the effectiveness of the immune system. Therefore, it is often used in relation to colds. When taken, it helps reduce the symptoms of the cold as well as its longevity. It can be found in the form of tea as well as in capsules, but it is recommended to be taken in the form of tinctures.

Evening Primrose Oil: is an herb extracted from the seeds of evening primrose plants. When taken, it can lower cholesterol and can also act as an anti-inflammatory against the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.