herbal medicines

Herbal Medicines – Now and Then

by Karen Brooks on September 1, 2010

Herbal Medicine

Nowadays, surprisingly in every store you will find products with an herbal or natural tag on it. Right from herbal medicines to supplements, just ask for a single natural product and you will see millions of them popping your way out. But when did this craze for herbal products started? It all began with the hype that is been created by the media all over the world. The prime focus in all this was in maintaining a healthy lifestyle coupled with a proper diet. But herbal medication is nothing new to the world. This set of medicine dates back to thousands of years back to the ancient world when our ancestors tried and tested the benefits as well as the efficiency of natural tonics and herbal medicines. It all began in 2800 B.C. as the scientists of that period reportedly performed experiments on human beings to get the desired results of herbal remedies. Now it is the turn of the modern world to experience the healing effect of natural medications.

In fact, a major part of the human history is acquired by the wonders of herbal medicine. That is around 5,000 years as per the archeological records. Starting right from that period, herbal or natural medicines have been beneficial in treating a wide variety of health issues. Moreover, herbal medicines can be also used to just improve overall well being and health. With comparatively less side-effects, natural medicines have a lot of other benefits too. It is much more effective and potent than the traditional medicines and that is the reason why people are increasingly opting for alternative medication even though the result may vary from person to person. Herbal medicines depend a lot on the human genetics along with its ingredients working with time. The strength of herbs, with its exposure to air and light and their time of harvest determines their effectiveness.
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Natural Health Choices

by Karen Brooks on January 30, 2010



With all of the health issues saturating the internet, perhaps it’s time we look to a more natural health in our daily lives. Recently, I had the opportunity to view Qi Gong, a meditative exercise which brings calm and balance within. Used for 4000 years by the Chinese, it has become an effective and proven way to achieve health and well-being.

Qi, pronounced Chi meaning life force; and Gong, meaning exercise.

It comprises slow moving motions which not only heal the body, but the mind as well. Modern medicine, while necessary for certain diseases, cannot come close to Qi Gong in providing the body with increased energy and physical health.

These gentle breathing, stretching and strengthening movements activate the Qi energy and blood circulation in your body, helping to stimulate your immune system, strengthen your internal organs, and give you abundant energy. Qi Gong can be practiced either in a sitting or standing position, and anyone can engage in these simple and effective exercises in as little as fifteen to twenty minutes a day.

Instead of deriving assistance from unnecessary drugs and stimulants; using our own bodies as instruments for change can occur. It seems as if we have become more dependent upon drugs to treat ailments than listening to our bodies. This is not to say diseases can be treated using this method; but certainly stress and other problems which sometimes incapacitate us can be dealt with differently and effectively.

Subliminal messaging CDs are becoming more popular; whether they actually help or not is up to the individual. However, meditation has been around for thousands of years, and yoga has always been a favorite among those who seek alternatives to pills and other conventional methods.

It seems to this writer we have to find our way back to a simplistic lifestyle, where stress and worry have no place to invade our minds and spirit. This may sound naïve, but evidence has shown that meditative practices are effective.

Upon a visit to a big city, one tourist remarked, “Why is everyone rushing around? Where are they going?” No truer words were spoken. Our lives, admittedly, are stress filled; with both parents working to pay the bills; save for a house or their kids college education; with the high cost of rents and oil; trying to meet deadlines at work on a daily basis; it’s no wonder everyone is tightly wound. Eventually, it will catch up with all of us.

To this end, maybe it’s time to find a balance; a way in which we can live life to the fullest and still achieve the goals we set. It’s a question we all need to answer in our own way.

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