So, how about natural remedies which are derived from healing plants? Plants have been used for medicinal purposes and healing remedies, long before the prehistoric
period. Ancient Unari manuscripts, Egyptian papyrus, and Chinese writings, described the use of herbs and plants long, long ago. Evidence exist that Unari Hakims. Indian Vaids, and European and Mediterranean cultures were using plants and herbs for over 4000 years as medicine. Indigenous cultures such as Rome, Egypt, Iran, Africa, and America, used herbs in health rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems such as Urani, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine in, which herbal therapies were used systematically. Nature is one of the best healing and teaching environments that has been used by every indigenous culture to reconnect with the Creator of all things, or with the Divine.
Nature is the world’s largest, most eclectic and expansive pharmacy, with literally millions of species at our disposal to locate, plant, cultivate, harvest and make use of in our everyday lives. And yet, most of us remain uninitiated into the highly practical and powerful realm of natural remedies that Nature herself offers to us with open hands. In a time when we are so materialistically centered, it is unsurprising that we often take for granted a gift that is so freely available. Modern science is agreeing more and more with the notion that our dissociation from nature is extremely harmful to our psyche and to our individual and collective development, and our health and well being.
From an official point of view, it’s good to look at Wikipedia’s definition on medicinal plants: “Medicinal plants, also called medicinal herbs, have been discovered and used in traditional medicine practices since prehistoric times. Plant synthesize hundreds of chemical compounds for functions including defense against insects, fungi, diseases, and herbivorous animals. Numerous phytochemicals with potential or established biological activity have been identified. However, since a single plant contains widely diverse phytochemicals, the effects of using a whole plant as medicine are uncertain. Further, the phytochemical content and pharmacological actions, if any, of many plants having medicinal potential remain unassessed, in many cases, by rigorous scientific research to defend efficacy and safety. Read here for more information on medicinal plants from Wikipedia.
There are literally millions of natural plants and herbs on this bountiful earth, from vegetables that fight cancer and prevent colds, to herbs that treat indigestion, skin conditions and anxiety. There is a healing plant for almost everything and everyone here, as this article “100 Best Herbs For Your Health and Wellness“, from Nursing Degree.net, references. Most of these medicinal plants can be dried, powdered, made into tea, tinctures, soups, balms, and even soaps, syrups and salves, to treating every imaginable health issue one could encounter. We will discuss only 10 of the best natural healing plants and herbs, all backed up by scientific research, in our review:
Milk thistle is used to treat liver conditions and high cholesterol, and to reduce the growth of cancer cells. Milk thistle is a plant that originated in the Mediterranean region. It has been used for many different illnesses over the last several thousand years, especially concerning liver problems. Although study results are uncertain, some promising information exists. It’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, suggest that it is possibly neuro-protective and could help prevent the decline in brain function you experience as you age, and a possible remedy for neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. However, there are currently no human studies examining the effects of milk thistle in people with Alzheimer’s or other neurological conditions like dementia and Parkinson’s.
Considered by some to be a cure-all, chamomile is commonly used in the U.S. as ananxiolytic and sedative for anxiety and relaxation. It is used in Europe for wound healing and to reduce inflammation or swelling. Few studies have looked at how well it works for any condition. Chamomile is used as a tea or applied as a compress. It is considered safe by the FDA. It may increase drowsiness caused by medicines or other herbs or supplements. Chamomile may interfere with the way the body uses some medicines, causing too high a level of the medicine in some people. As with any medicinal herb, talk with your healthcare provider before taking it.
Ginger is used to ease nausea and motion sickness. Research suggests that ginger can relieve nausea caused by pregnancy or chemotherapy. According to a review of 12 studies that included a total of 1,278 pregnant women, 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce symptoms of nausea, like morning sickness. Other areas under investigation are use in surgery and for nausea caused by motion. Reported side effects include bloating, gas, heartburn, and nausea.
Ginseng is used as a tonic and an aphrodisiac, even as a cure-all. Research is uncertain how well it works, partly because of the difficulty in defining “vitality” and “quality of life.”, and because there is a large variation in the quality of ginseng sold. Traditional healers have used Siberian ginseng , not to be confused with panax ginseng, to fight fatigue, maximize physical performance, and improve overall immunity and longevity. Research backs their practices. Looking to up your endurance? In one study, Siberian ginseng increased subjects’ time to exhaustion by more than 500%. Other research shows that it can improve resistance to both cognitive and physical fatigue. There’s also promising evidence that this Adaptogen has immunity-boosting effects and can increase t-cell count. Side effects are high blood pressure and tachycardia. It’s considered safe by the FDA, but shouldn’t be used with warfarin, heparin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, estrogens, corticosteroids, or digoxin. People with diabetes should not use ginseng.
Echinacea is commonly used to treat or prevent colds, flu, and infections, and for wound healing. More than 25 published studies looked at how well Echinacea worked to prevent or shorten the course of a cold, but none were conclusive. A 2014 study compared Echinacea with a placebo for treating colds. Results found that Echinacea did not have any effect on a cold. Other studies have also shown that long-term use can affect the body’s immune system. It should not be used with medicines that can cause liver problems. People allergic to plants in the daisy family may be more likely to have an allergic reaction to Echinacea. The daisy family includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies.
Chaga mushrooms can be found growing in the forest on birch trees resembling a large clump of dirt. But the benefits of this fungus are astounding. Those who live in Russia and Siberia have used this adaptogenic mushroom for thousands of years. Known as a folk medicine in the past, it is now being recognized in research and has shown its power in supporting cellular health. Chaga is rich in antioxidants and has shown to support apoptosis, or cell death. A study performed on mice in 2016 showed that using an extract of Chaga reduced tumor size by 60%. Multiple studies performed on mice have shown that Chaga suppresses tumor growth in liver cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. It can even support the immune system during chemotherapy.
Many mice studies have observed a positive effect of Chaga on diabetes. Not only does Chaga lower blood glucose levels, but also cholesterol and triglycerides. Stress causes a substantial amount of harm to the body leading to many different diseases. Chaga has been shown to reduce oxidative stress by almost 55%. Not only is it believed to support digestive issues, it could be a beneficial supplement to reduce oxidative stress in general. While mushrooms are not part of what is a healthy diet, well-sourced, high-quality medicinal mushrooms do serve a purpose as supplement. You shouldn’t, however, eat mushrooms as part of your meal plan.
Dandelions are more than just an annoying weed, they can also be an effective way to help control high blood pressure. Researchers think it works like many prescription medicines, decreasing your blood volume and thereby your blood pressure. Dandelion contains high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is known to provide strong protection against cellular damage and oxidative stress.
It may be effective in reducing inflammation caused by disease due to the presence of various bio-active compounds like polyphenols within the plant. Some test-tube studies have revealed significantly reduced inflammation markers in cells treated with dandelion compounds. Test tube and animal studies show that these compounds can improve insulin secretions from the pancreas while simultaneously improving the absorption of glucose (sugar) in muscle tissue. This process leads to improved insulin sensitivity and reduced blood sugar levels. If you suffer from a large amount of fluid retention around your time of the month, consider taking dandelion. It has natural diuretic properties that help eliminate excess fluids.
Although still illegal in many countries due to its potent psychoactive properties, Marijuana has been used to successfully treat and/or cure conditions such as glaucoma, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, anxiety, HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and various other illnesses and disorders. It has potent sedative, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Its roots and orange-red fruit have been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. The herb is considered one of the most important herbs in the Ayurvedic medicine system, a healthcare practice that started in India over 3,000 years ago. It’s an herb that helps maintain youth, both mentally and physically, and it’s used to treat conditions such as arthritis, constipation, insomnia, stress, fevers, snake bites, and memory loss.
Several human studies show that ashwagandha decreases anxiety, stress, c-reactive protein and cortisol. The decrease in cortisol is worth talking about, especially when you compare the effects of ashwagandha to those of other stress-reducing supplements. Studies show ashwagandha decreased stress 14.5-27.9% in healthy but stressed people. Another cool thing about ashwagandha is that it shows promise in improving memory formation. This could be important in research for treating Alzheimer’s patients. More large human studies are needed to show how and why this Adaptogen might be effective, but there is research to suggest that ashwagandha could reverse the effects of neurological toxins associated with neuro-degenerative diseases.
Peruvian Maca Root
How about natural remedies and the Peruvian Maca root, which is native to Peru? This plant has the colloquial name of “Peruvian ginseng” because of its ability to boost energy and fertility, as the Chinese ginseng. It grows in mountainous regions of the Andes at high altitudes.
One of the most common issues concerning sexual dysfunction is a low sex drive. The good news is that P Maca has long been known to help increase the libido of people of all genders. People of all genders report that taking a P Maca supplement helped increase their sex drive and improve their sex lives overall. These claims are supported by peer-reviewed scientific research studies. In a 12-week study, scientists found that when people were given a daily P Maca supplement, they reported an improved sex life and a higher sex drive compared to groups given a placebo supplement. A second similar study supports these results and posits that these effects are usually seen after 6 weeks of consistently taking the P Maca supplement.
Men’s fertility depends on both the sperm count, or the amount of sperm a man ejaculates, as well as, the sperm motility, which is the sperm’s ability to move to fertilize an egg. The good news is that P Maca can improve both sperm count and sperm motility. One study showed that P Maca can improve sperm quality and quanity in both fertile and infertile men. There’s also evidence to suggest that supplementing P Maca with a healthy diet can help improve female fertility as well. Studies also show that P Maca can help regulate and balance estrogen levels, which can also help to increase fertility.
Antioxidants are responsible for protecting your body from, well, oxidants. What does that mean? Oxidation and free radicals can cause significant damage to your cells, your DNA, and your body in general. This type of damage can lead to abnormal cell growth, like cancer, strokes, heart attacks, and more. P Maca powder has the ability to boost the number of antioxidants in your body, including superoxide dismutase and glutathione.
This will help keep you free of disease and cell damage that can be caused by free radicals and other oxidizing agents. One study showed that P Maca will both increase antioxidants, as well as, decrease the amount of harmful cholesterol and fat. Other studies P Maca has the ability to boost the number of antioxidants in your body, including superoxide dismutase and glutathione. This will help keep you free of disease and cell damage that can be caused by free radicals and other oxidizing agents.
P Maca root can help improve your energy and reduce fatigue. Regular P Maca users report that it makes them feel energized, awake, and motivated. While the exact mechanism that makes P Maca an energy booster is still unknown, the number of testimonials reporting these effects are undeniable. Some believe that the amount of dense nutrients and vitamins within P Maca contributes to the feeling of having more energy.
Your immune system is your body’s defense against harmful intruders, such as allergens, viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins, etc. If your immune system is weakened or not supported by a healthy diet, you’ll be more likely to get an infection, feel fatigued, and get sick. The high micronutrient content in P Maca root powder will help your immune system function to the best of its ability. Iron will be particularly helpful in helping your blood cells, a key component of the immune system, work properly.
P Maca also has an impact on hormonal balance in the body as well. We mentioned its ability to balance and regulate estrogen, but estrogen isn’t the only hormone P Maca affects. It’s also been shown to help regulate the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline. Both of these hormones are involved in immune health, too much cortisol has been linked to a weakened immune system, while proper adrenaline levels have been linked to healthy immune reactions. P Maca works to balance and regulate both of these hormones, which will help your immune system function properly to fight off infection and disease.
With all of these amazing benefits, it’s no wonder that people are referring to P Maca root as a Super Food. The medicinal properties combined with the high nutrient density and the psychological benefits make this little root an amazing addition to a healthy diet. P Maca has so many wide-ranging benefits, can you believe we’ve only covered about half of them! For more information on P Maca and these other benefits, which include, relieving symptoms of menopause, mood and mind improvement, bone health, and improve memory and learning ability, read the following reviews:
In summation, it should go without saying, supplementation with a natural healing, medicinal plant, such as Peruvian Maca, should be done in conjunction with eating a natural fresh certified organic, non-GMO, well-balanced, nutritious diet of the 4 major food groups including proteins, carbs, high-fiber and whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruits and vegetables. Proteins should be lean, grass-fed, organic, non-GMO, beef and Bison, lean, free-range, organic, non-GMO, pork, lamb, and poultry including chicken, turkey and duck. Protein should also be wild-caught, or cold-water fish and seafood, cage-free eggs (free-range), and organic nuts and seeds.
How about natural remedies and their importance? We hope you have found this information helpful, and you give credence to the documented evidence, such as “The Historical Review Of Medicinal Plants’ Usage“, published by The National Center Of Biotechnology (NCBI), of the beliefs and practices of the ancients cultures in regards to their use of medicinal herbs and healing plants for sustaining health and well being. Your comments or questions are welcomed. Place an order for PERUVIAN MIGHTY MACA.
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