Herbal Medicine



HERBAL Medicine

‡ Herbal medicine : also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine . ‡ Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of : ‡ a plant's seeds, ‡ berries, roots, ‡ bark, or flowers ‡ and plant extracts for medicinal purposes.

‡ Advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease. ‡ Researchers found that : ± people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.

‡ Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. ‡ Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants.

. ± interest in returning to natural or organic remedies. ‡ In the last 20 years in the United States: there is an increase in herbal medicine use.‡ In the early 19th century: scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. due to : ± public dissatisfaction with the cost of prescription medications.

about 600 .700 plantbased medicines are available and are prescribed by some 70% of German physicians.‡ Recently. WHO estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. ‡ In Germany. .

. prayers. ‡ CAM utilized because they believed that it is all natural and safe.Complementary And Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Palestine: Use And Safety Implications done by Ansam F. Sawalha. and honey were the most utilized types of CAM. low-income. educated women. Found that : ‡ 72. ‡ Herbal therapy. ‡ CAM users were mainly middle-aged.8% of respondents have used at least one type of CAM in the last year.

Herbs as Food supplements Herbal supplements are classified as: ± Dietary supplements by the U. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.S. .

scientists aren' t sure ± what specific ingredient in a particular herb works to treat a condition or illness? ‡ Whole herbs contain many ingredients. and they may work together to produce a beneficial effect.‡ In many cases. .

Standardization ‡ Some herbal preparations are standardized. . it is still important to ask companies making standardized herbal products about their product's guarantee. meaning that the preparation is guaranteed to contain a specific amount of the active ingredients of the herb. ‡ However.

. 2. soil quality) in which a plant grew. The type of environment (climate.Effectiveness Factors 1. How and when it was harvested and processed. bugs.

Medicinal Uses ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Asthma Eczema Premenstrual syndrome Rheumatoid arthritis Migraine headache Menopausal symptoms Chronic fatigue Irritable bowel syndrome .

g. Coriander.‡ Nutrition: food & nutrients e. Garlic.Dandelion. Nettle & Oats ‡ Maintenance of Health: e.g. Garlic ‡ Treatment of Disease: acute & .

Drugs from plant sources ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Aspirin Cocaine Quinidine Scopolamine Tubocurarine ‡Codeine ‡Ergotamine ‡Morphine ‡Digoxin ‡Pilocarpine .

.How is herbal medicine sold in stores? ‡ The herbs come in several different forms: ± teas ± syrups ± oils ± liquid extracts ± tinctures ± and dry extracts (pills or capsules).


‡ Because : ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ They are unregulated>>mislabeled. Toxic if used improperly or at high doses.Safety ‡ Many consumers believe that herbal medicines are natural and therefore safe. May cause allergic reactions . May contain additives and contaminants. . Interact with conventional drugs. ± This is a dangerous simplification.




respiration and digestion ± The most common thermogenic . ‡ Thermogenic herbs contain stimulants that ± Work to speed up the body's heart rate. ‡ But others are thermogenic (speed up the body's metabolism)>>burning more unwanted fats.Herbs & Weight loss ‡ Certain herbs "trick" the brain into thinking the stomach is full.

‡ cause cramping. and if overused. cascara. and over stimulate the CNS. ‡ could cause bowels to no longer function without laxative stimulation.Herbs with serious side effects ± Herbal Laxatives : Usually sold as a diet tea. increase heart rate. ± Ephedra : in high doses can raise blood pressure. senna. . diarrhea.

‡ This herb has caused at least two deaths! .FDA reports ‡ More than 800 reports of side effects linked with the use of ephedra. seizures. ‡ Including heart palpitations. chest pain. stroke. and heart attack.

‡ Hoodia >>interrupting or stopping the hunger mechanism in the brain. or kelp>> is a natural thyroid stimulant. ‡ Seaweed. which may boost metabolism. ‡ Green tea>> contains caffeine and antioxidants that appear to stimulate metabolism.Safe herbs in weight loss ‡ Cayenne >>stimulate digestion and increase metabolism and fat burning. ‡ Ginseng >> boost energy and metabolism. (contraindicated in Diabetics ?) . ‡ Nettle >> a thermogenic herb.

Nettle Cayenne plant .

Salad of seaweed Hoodia Gordonii Ephedra senna .

‡ The reactions affected mainly the cardiovascular system. ‡ A large proportion of SEs were serious. the skin. the CNS . . the digestive system. found that: ‡ 64% of the suspected SEs were associated with herbal products used for weight control. ‡ Women were involved in 85% of the reports.A study aimed to describe (SEs) associated with herbal products used for weight control in Italy. and the liver.

‡ Consult your doctor first ‡ Do not take a bigger dose than the label recommends ‡ Take it under the guidance of a trained medical professional ‡ Be especially cautious if you are pregnant or nursing .

‡ Lists of "good" and "bad" foods. . ‡ Recommendations from studies that ignore differences among individuals or groups. ‡ Dire warnings of danger from a single product or regimen. ‡ Claims that sound too good to be true.Ten Red Flags for Consumers ‡ Recommendations that promise a quick fix. ‡ Recommendations made to help sell a product. ‡ Simplistic conclusions drawn from a complex study. ‡ Recommendations based on a single study. ‡ Dramatic statements that are refuted by reputable scientific organizations. ‡ Recommendations based on studies published without peer review.


Some of the most common Herbs .

Garlic Lower cholesterol and triglycerides ‡ Kill Worms. allergies . roundworm ‡ Hypertension. asthma. blood circulation ‡ Cancer prevention ‡ Diabetes ‡ Bronchitis.

‡ Over consumption cause heartburn and gases.Garlic Side Effects ‡ Skin rash in sensitive people. .

coughs & vomiting ‡ Reduce Angina episodes >> lowering cholesterol ‡ Relieve Arthritis ‡ Nausea. motion sickness .Ginger ‡ Colds. Morning sickness ‡ Menstrual cramps .

or have gallbladder disease don't take medicinal doses of ginger. ‡ During pregnancy >> stimulate uterine contractions. have a bleeding disorder.Ginger Side Effects ‡ If U taking Blood thinners. .

Anise ‡ Expectorant. ‡ Coughs and Bronchitis ‡ Parasite Repellant .

Anise Side Effects ‡ Narcotic in large doses. ‡ The essential oil is for topical use only. . avoid when pregnant and use with caution in very young babies. a plant hormone similar to human estrogen. ‡ Anise seeds contain anethole.

Green tea ‡ Reduce Cancer incidence ‡ Metabolism booster ‡ Lowering Cholesterol Relieve inflammation and itching of insect bites ‡ Reduce Pink eye inflammation . Conjunctivitis .

Green Tea Side Effects ‡ Overuse of caffeine can affect sleep >> Insomia .

rashes ‡ Relive Fibromyalgia .Lavender ‡ Reduce Anxiety & Stress ‡ Healing of Skin abrasions .Burns & scalds ‡ Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic Flea bites.

Lavender ‡ Lowering blood pressure & relaxes cardiac spasms such as tachycardia ‡ Relive Arthritis & improve circulation ‡ Relaxation of nick & head muscle >> Nervous headache ‡ Effective for Leucorrhoea .


flu & sore throat ‡ Insect repellent .Thyme ‡ Reduce Fever. bronchitis ‡ Fighting Toothache/ tooth infections ‡ Cough.

‡ Thymol is toxic and should be used with great care and in moderation. .Thyme Side Effects: ‡ Excessive amounts can effect menstrual cycles. ‡ The essential oil should never be applied undiluted and is not suitable for use in small children.

Healthy Hair >> Aminoacids . antimicrobial and antineoplastic activity. analgesic.Black Seed ‡ Relive Rheumatoid Arthritis. High Blood Pressure ‡ Anti-inflammatory. antipyretic. ‡ Preventing Hair loss .

‡ Not to be used in pregnant women.Black Seed oil Side Effects: ‡ Undiluted oil can cause skin irritation. .

‡ Used for irritable bowel syndrome.Chamomile ‡ Calms anxiety. eases stress and may have a positive effect on attention deficit disorder (ADD). ‡ Anti-inflammatory and antihistamine actions ‡ Effective for nausea and morning sickness when used with ginger .

Chamomile Side Effects ‡ Allergy for sensitive people ‡ Avoid chamomile teas when taking blood thinners >> contain natural blood thinner (coumarins) .


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.Questionnaire results ‡ 12 >> Herbal medicine ‡ 12 >> Drugs remedies ‡ Most common herbs used : Camomile .. & tea ‡ No side effect is noted .

but we have to dig deeper! .Our conclusion Nature always has a solution.

org : Faculty of Homeopathy ‡ www.nimh.nih.uk : National Institute of Herbalists ‡ www.nlm.com/chart.onlineherbs.com : European Herbal Practitioners Association ‡ www.euroherb.S national library of medicine ‡ www.php ‡ http://www.trusthomeopathy.org.html Himalaya .com/himcolin himalaya 30gm.gov/about/herbgarden/list U.anniesremedy.‡ www.


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