Are you someone who is becoming extremely concerned about the reports of the adverse side effects of some widely used prescription drug or medication that occur on an almost daily basis? If so, then you may be encouraged to consider choosing herbal medicines and remedies as a possible alternative.Â
You are certainly not alone in this, as the interest in what has been termed âalternativeâ medicine is growing at a tremendous pace. So why is this?
Herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years and were the mainstay of treating illness, long before the advent of medical science as we know it. It is interesting to note that aspirin, one of the most common drugs used today, was developed from willow bark, regularly prescribed by Hippocrates (who lived around 2,500 years ago), the father of modern medicine.
As a more scientific approach was taken in medical research, natural remedies were increasingly dismissed as “phoney” before many were actually rejected and even banned. This was certainly the case in the West although Eastern cultures continued to use and refine their traditional medicines and therapies.
Recently, there has been a rapid global resurgence in the interest in natural medicines, primarily due to the âbad pressâ that prescribed drugs get on a regular basis, due to their side effects. One of the greatest benefits of herbal medicines is that they produce no harmful side effectsÂ ….. when used correctly.
It is this last remark that is so important.
Herbal medicines do work, there is no doubt about that. But to work effectively and safely, the medication itself must be prepared correctly. Unfortunately, the success of herbal remedies has inevitably attracted the attention of unscrupulous manufacturers and marketers who are not so concerned about the care needed in preparing these medications.
So what should you do?
a) Â Firstly, do not be put off from further investigation of the potential benefits of herbal remedies and medicines. Simply checking out the reputation and authenticity of the manufacturer carefully, should convince you whether or not you can trust that manufacturer.
b)Â Secondly, you could consider whether you might make your own medication. This is much simpler than you may think, as long as you follow the guidance of an expert and don’t fall into the trap of using just any “home remedy” you find surfing the net.
Most of the ingredients used in âhomemade medicines and remediesâ can be easily obtained and so, generally, are a great deal cheaper than prescribed medications.
Finally, many herbal medicines have a limited shelf life and lose their potency in time. By preparing your own, you can be confident that the remedy is âfreshâ and active.
So, if you are interested taking greater control of your health, why not join the millions of âenlightenedâ folk who have discovered a new and effective way to treat their ailments and conditions. Simply exercise some basic care when choosing herbal medicines and remedies and you could amaze yourself with the results.