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Published On: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

Why More Americans Are Turning to Herbal Medicine

As Americans continue to find alternative methods of improving their health concerns, some feel that visiting a doctor and receiving a prescription just isn’t enough. This is especially true with the skyrocketing numbers of prescription drug abuse. People are looking for ways to relieve various ailments, reduce stress and relieve chronic pain. Let’s take a deeper look.

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Experiments on the rise

According to a National Health Statistics Report, one out of three people in the United states have tried products such as melatonin, fish oil, chiropractic medicine and herbs. In addition, non-traditional medicines such as herbal remedies are also increasing in use. The term alternative medicine is used to describe any method used that is not part of conventional medical training.

Moreover, it appears that Americans are experiencing a growing mistrust of doctors and institutions, in general. As a result, hundreds of hospitals have enhanced their medical care with Eastern-style treatments such as massage therapy, acupuncture and herbal medicine. Moreover, some medical schools have created a field called complementary medicine to supplement conventional practices. Plus, people who tend to use alternative treatments swear by it.

There is an herbal treatment for every condition

Many master herbalists can combine herbs to help with any medical condition. Most of the time, a single herb is not the answer. When clients are told they could receive a formula that will work in an hour, you can be certain they will be anxious to try it and experience the intended results. For chronic conditions, some herbalists say positive effects from their mixtures can take up to five days.

Consider these options, relative to costly treatments through conventional medicine. On the other hand, it is important to consult with an herbalist as opposed to mixing up your own concoction–unless it is a mixture of well-known ingredients. The reason is some herbs are dangerous without intimate knowledge of its effects. It appears that the best treatment for any medical conditions is all forms of medicine.

Herbs instead of aspirin

Aspirin is one of the most commonly-used drugs in the world today–especially in the Western world. It can be taken to assist with anything from heart issues to aches and pains and headaches. Still, the use of herbal medicines has been around for as long as humans have walked the earth.

Whether it is the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the Romans and the Indians–our ancestors relied on herbal treatments. Today, herbal remedies are still popular in Europe, such as in Germany where prescription drugs are sold along with herbal extracts, essential oils and teas. Who doesn’t love a hot cup of calming tea when you’re feeling under the weather? In the United Kingdom, state-funded universities also train medical herbalists. Some popular herbs include:

  • Chamomile
  • Elderflower
  • Willow bark
  • Licorice
  • Panax ginseng
  • Ephedra
  • Rhubarb root

As you can see, conventional medicine has not gone away. Nonetheless, people are more open to trying herbal medicines for chronic conditions and more. If the two forms of medicine work hand-in-hand, even better.

Author: Carmelo Hannity

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