Herbs : The foundation of all medicines

Herbs are traditionally believed to possess medicinal properties and their leaves, seeds or stems are used as food seasoning, medicine, perfume, dye or cosmetics. Due to the drastic side-effects that accompany most allopathic medications, people have begun to turn to various forms of herbal healing like herbal teas, herbal soap, herbal oils etc. Today people’s travel kits are packed with herbal medicines and home remedies for improving health conditions in a more gentle way rather than drugs. Hence Aloevera, peppermint, Echinacea, garlic, ginger etc are given a special place and these herbs have gained reputation through proven results.

In fact, most common drugs available in today’s market are actually derived from herbs. For instance, Aspirin is actually manufactured from the Weeping Willow Tree. Similarly, Morphine is actually derived from the Poppy plant and is considered marvelous for saving life and suppressing pain. Similarly Vincristine and Vinblasstine administered to children with Leukaemia are actually extracts of Rosy Periwinkle which the tribal healers were using since age old years for curing Lung Cancer. Various other herbs like Watercress leaves are used for soothing headaches, the spirit of Rosemary used for soothing aching joints, Basil oil is inhaled for clearing Sinuses and Sorrel infusion for purifying the blood and kidney.

Until a few years ago, synthetic drugs were the only effective way of treating illness. Now herbalism is coming up in a big way and is undergoing a revival. Though the health standard authorities are skeptical about the difficulties involved in testing and standardization of herbal medicines, the WHO is promoting herbal healing as a relevant therapy. In Asian Countries, there is a greater hold for herbal healing, and in particular, in Germany even general practitioners have even begun prescribing herbal remedies.