29 August 2008
If you are new to herbal healing, we suggest that you consider features (1), (2), (3) and (4) below before you visit any of the links provided under feature (5). This will save you much confusion.
The Nature’s Choice range of herbal teas comes with our highest recommendation.
We must understand that disease is not an entity in itself, but the result of a condition within the human body. When in search of healing, therefore, our primary goal must be to eliminate or to reverse that disease-causing condition. Because this condition usually results from faulty dietary and lifestyle habits, our first priority must be to correct those faulty habits. Then, as Nature is finally given opportunity to restore normality (homeostasis), we may confidently use herbs and various other treatments and therapies to bolster Nature’s healing efforts – and wonderful will be the results. In short, therefore, we should not rely solely on herbs – but we may confidently consider herbs as a powerful tool in our healing armory.
`For centuries, medicinal herbs have featured prominently in the pharmacopoeia, but as pharmacy developed, pharmacologists set out first to isolate in as pure a form as possible the properties responsible for the effectiveness of the herbs and then proceeded to manufacture new synthetic drugs analogous to the substances obtained from nature. This shift from natural products to chemical synthetic drugs which occurred in the world of orthodox medicine did not take place in the field of alternative medicine.
`Perusal of the official French or German homeopathic pharmacopoeias, for instance, shows that they are based mainly on medicinal herbs. The use of herbs today in alternative medicine should not be regarded as a passive attachment to obsolete remedies, but rather as a deliberate choice, which may be influenced by philosophical considerations, particularly the conviction that the living plant contains special properties.
`Practitioners also justify the use of herbs by pointing to the side-effects of synthetic drugs and the fact that a synergistic result can be achieved by the natural combination of various components. It is not always known, however, exactly which components of the herbs are efficacious or how they combine to produce a synergism. In such cases, the experience of centuries may provide some guidance when herbs have been found to contain beneficial substances.’ (Report of the Netherlands’ Commission For Alternative Systems Of Medicine)
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain active substances that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a practitioner knowledgeable in the field of botanical medicine.
In the case of serious illness especially, a suitably qualified, diet-oriented health professional should be consulted. In such cases, any suggestions made on this website should be considered as supplementary to your prescribed treatment program and should be discussed together with your health professional.