Interest in homeopathic medicines is higher than ever. Due to the ever-increasing costs and side effects of prescription drugs in the U.S., more Americans are turning to homeopathic treatments such as plants and herbs to alleviate what ails them. Other parts of the world have known for centuries how effective herbal treatments can be.
In fact, according to the Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, about 40% of China’s total medical consumption is of the herbal variety and in Japan herbal medicines are more in demand than pills and other pharmaceutical options.
Here is a List of the Most Popular Herbal Remedies
- Aloe Vera
If you’ve ever used aloe for a painful sunburn, you already know how effective this plant can be. It comes in two forms, gel and juice. As a gel, it is used as a topical treatment for minor burns, cuts, and skin irritations. People drink the juice as a dietary supplement and as an oral laxative. Aloe Vera can also be used straight from the plant by breaking off a piece of the leaf and applying the sticky fluid on your skin.
This herb isn’t only for cooking. It has proven to be a powerful antibiotic if taken raw and crushed and can also be used as an anti-fungal agent.When cooked, garlic is beneficial for the cardiovascular system. These benefits are, at least in part, due to the sulfur compounds allicin and daily disulphide (DADS) (which are also found in onions, leeks and chives). These compounds help to induce the relaxation and enlargement of blood vessels, which improves blood flow throughout the body
According to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), eating from one-half to one clove of garlic a day may lower your cholesterol by up to 9 percent. When eaten, it has also been found to help reduce inflammation in your body, fight infections diseases and help to prevent weight gain.
- Ginkgo Biloba
This power herb has many medicinal uses. For those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is widely used because of its ability to improve blood flow to the brain as well as its antioxidant properties. The benefits also include improvement in social behavior, cognitive functions, and feelings of depression. Ginkgo has also been proven to help those with retinal problems and is widely used to boost memory and overall cognitive abilities
Sage has been used for thousands of years in connection with sprains, swelling and ulcers. As a tea, sage has been taken to alleviate sore throats and coughs. Herbalists have also used it for rheumatism, memory improvement, menstrual bleeding, and sharpening the senses. It is also used to relieve upset stomachs and excessive sweating.