What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is the use of plants and plant extracts to treat disease. Many modern drugs were originally extracted from plant sources, even if they’re now made synthetically. Whereas conventional medicine now tries to use only the active ingredient of a plant, herbal remedies use the whole plant. Herbalists argue that the mixture of chemicals in the whole plant work together to give a better effect (called synergy) than a single active ingredient.
Some of the most promising herbs for arthritis, all of which are backed by some research.
These herbal medicines can be found in health food shops and chemists,
but if you consult a medical herbal practitioner you’ll probably be prescribed a mixture of herbs, often in liquid form, tailored to your needs. This may include herbs which have anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties,and others
to improve energy or aid relaxation and sleep, or even just to make
the mixture taste better! Generally speaking, herbal remedies are safe
but sometimes they cause side-effects.
These can include stomach upsets, sleeplessness and pains in your muscles or joints. Some herbal remedies may also interact with your prescribed medication.
If you’re thinking of using these remedies, always buy them from a trusted manufacturer to make sure they’re a quality product, and discuss their use with your doctor first.
There are many forms in which herbs can be administered, the most common of which is in the form of a liquid that is drunk by the patient either an herbal tea or a (possibly diluted) plant extract.
Several methods of standardization may be determining the amount of herbs used. One is the ratio of raw materials to solvent. However different specimens of even the same plant species may vary in chemical content. For this reason, thin layer chromatography is sometimes used by growers to assess the content of thei
r products before use. Another method is standardization on a signal chemical.
Herbal teas, or tisanes, are the resultant liquid of extracting herbs into water, though they are made in a few different ways. Infusions are hot water extracts of herbs, such as chamomile or mint, through steeping. Decoctions are the long-term boiled extracts, usually of harder substances like roots or bark. Maceration is the cold infusion of plants with high mucilage-content, such as sage or thyme. To make macerates, plants are chopped and add
ed to cold water. They are then left to stand for 8 to 12 hours (depending on herb used). For most macerates, 10 hours is used.
Tinctures are alcoholic extracts of herbs, which are generally stronger than herbal teas. Tinctures are usually obtained by combining 100% pure ethanol (or a mixture of 100% ethanol with water) with the herb. A completed tincture has an ethanol percentage of at least 26% (sometimes up to 91%). Herbal wine and elixirs are alcoholic extract of herbs, usually with an ethanol percentage of 12–38%. Extracts include liquid extracts, dry extracts, and nebulisates. Liquid extracts are liquids with a lower ethanol percentage than tinctures. They are usually made by vacuum distilling tinctures. Dry extracts are extracts of plant material that are evaporated into a dry mass. They can then be further refined to a capsule or tablet.
The exact composition of an herbal product is influenced by the method of extraction. A tea will be rich in polar components because water is a polar solvent. Oil on the other hand is a non-polar solvent and it will absorb non-polar compounds. Alcohol lies somewhere in between.
Many herbs are applied topically to the skin in a variety of forms. Essential oil extracts can be applied to the skin, usually diluted in a carrier oil. Many essential oils can burn the skin or are simply too high dose used straight; diluting them in olive oil or another food grade oil such as almond oil can allow these to be used safely as a topical. Salves, oils, balms, creams and lotions are other forms of topical delivery mechanisms. Most topical applications are oil extractions of herbs. Taking a food grade oil and soaking herbs in it for anywhere from weeks to months allows certain phytochemicals to be extracted into the oil. This oil can then be made into salves, creams, lotions, or simply used as an oil for topical application. Many massage oils, antibacterial salves, and wound healing compounds are made this way.
Training my plants and medicinal herbs
Of the great Yes of God to humanity that-given the nature of the proud colors of the various plants and project, making the beauty and interest, as the Creator in the created, it has been mentioned in the Book of God Almighty in more than one place, since the foot known human phytotherapy and medicinal herbs, where the basis for the drugs known today, herbs and medicinal plants play a key role in the food and Drug Administration both.
Many thought that the drug manufacturer will replace medicinal plants used in medicine, folk medicine.
Rosemary (English: the Rosemary) has many names other most famous discreet data and also nada sea, rosemary and the walls and the throne and the crown of self-customers and herb compass and other names.
Scientific name: Rosmarinus Officinalis.
Description of the plant:
– A volatile oil (the underlying, eucalyptus, also).
– Acids, tannins were and development.
Its medicinal uses and its benefits:
For weakness of nerves: eating soaked rosemary after meals and before bedtime Tonic for those who suffer from fast fatigue, lethargy, and weakness of the nerves.
Rosemary: the rosemary on the antioxidant and was used as a meat from rotting where it is added to prevent oxidation and spoilage.
– The herb rosemary useful in the treatment of disorders of the heart.
Black cumin or Nigella:
Black cumin ( English: Black Cumin) know by many names is this name most famously when Muslims in general (love the cold)
Scientific name: Nigella sativa
The seeds contain a (40%) of the oil firm, one of the saponins (Milanese), about (1.4%) of the pilot oil, oil of Nigella sativa contains many essential fatty acids, also contains the love of the material (seen Nigellone) and is a natural antioxidant as well as (glutathione), and also contains the seeds of Nigella sativa on acid is (are).
- Black bean scientific research:
Published research in scientific journals of the various benefits of the use of Nigella, which emphasizes the many benefits mentioned by the Ancients for this plant, the revival of herbal medicine.
The uses and benefits of black cumin:
We can summarize the benefits and uses of black seed:
– Nigella helps to retain body heat natural.
– Help love the milk.
– Love the no stimulating effect on the immune system.
– Love the healthy diet important and useful for children and women and the great age because they contain.