Herbal Remedies for a Cure

December 1st, 2010

Herbal remedies have been used by all cultures since the beginning of time. Many modern pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants, but the plants are altered, refined, and synthetically produced. Naturopathic doctors believe the unaltered, natural form of the plant provides the most desirable medicinal response with fewer to no side effects.

Herbs can be taken in many forms:

  • Herbal Tea
  • Compress
  • Poultice
  • Tincture
  • Syrup
  • Gargle
  • Douche
  • Salve

Herbal Tea: Leaves, flowers, or roots of a plant can be made into tea. Flowers and leaves are infused; roots are decocted. An infusion is a liquid preparation made by steeping an herb in either hot (not boiling) or cold water. A decoction is a liquid preparation made by boiling an herb root.

Compress: Compresses are used for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: external application of herbs to treat wounds, infections, and muscular/joint/skin conditions.

Poultice: Like the Compress, poultice is also used by applying herbs to treat wounds, infections, and muscular/joint/skin conditions.

Tinctures: Tinctures are a liquid extract of an herb. These are made by placing the herb in a solvent, such as alcohol, and left to sit for several days at least, and the alcohol will draw out the medicinal properties of the herb. Tinctures are more potent than teas, so in essence their medicinal properties are stronger. Tinctures are used to: normalize body functions, improve the immune system, and treat illnesses.

These are just a few holistic remedies used in Naturopathic Medicine. To find out what is right for you, visit Vitalia Natural Medicine, and they will be happy to assist you in becoming healthier through natural means!

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