Herbal Pharmacy: The Mother Nature’s Help. Part II

Stress Is the Cause of Many Disorders

The helter-skelter of contemporary life has led to stress and neurosis being an inseparable part of the life of everyone regardless of age. One’s nervous system can be stabilized by herbal remedies based on valeriana roots, hawthorn berries, melissa grass, hops, marjoram, and willowherb.

Melissa helps to keep the nervous system calm. A skilled herbalist can pick the right selection of herbs and determine therapeutic schemes for those who suffer from thyroid gland issues to restore its function. Herbs supply building blocks for the thyroid gland and are perfect for prevention. They have shown great results in curing hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and goitre. But first, you must consult your physician.

You can maintain a healthy heart thanks to the “Mother Nature’s pharmacy”. Propolis extract, motherwort and dropwort grass, as well as melissa and marjoram are extremely powerful in strengthening the heart, reducing heart rate, and normalising heartbeat if it’s too fast. This natural support is indispensable for many people, including athletes, adolescents, the elderly, and the middle-aged.

Sleep disorders, tinnitus, and memory loss point at problems with blood vessels. Dandelion root, rosehips, burdock and inula roots, meadowsweet grass, aronia and sophora fruits, melilot and melissa — these are the herbs that improve microcirculation in the peripheral blood vessels and brain vessels, reduce cholesterol, and cleanse the vessels.

Success is determined by motion and diet. Olga Spiridonova recommends propolis-based remedies that contain rosehips, meadowsweet, beggarticks, birch buds, horsetail, marsh cinquefoil root, willow bark, and burdock leaves. Ointments and tinctures based on comfrey roots.

Meadowsweet helps to cure bruises

Dandelion root and milfoil are great for treating oedemata and weight loss, when used sparingly, Olga Spiridonova says. “These herbs are effective fat burners that can fine tune your heart, too. Knotweed, cranberries, and cowberries serve the same purpose. Depending on the patient’s age, we combine these ingredients with natural estrogenic compounds found in lime, shamrock, and powdered linseeds.” She warns that you won’t lose weight if you don’t change your diet and lifestyle in addition to herbal therapy.

Cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon, and cabbage also stimulate weight loss. Couch grass root and burdock root are safe and natural fat burners, too. According to Olga Spiridonova, “They prefer to keep it in secret because big pharma can lose profits.”

Take Heed!

Our shared the basic rules that you should follow before you start using medicinal herbs:

  1. Make sure that your diagnosis is correct either with help of mainstream healthcare or of a professional herbalist.
  2. Be aware of side effects and contraindications, especially if you have to combine herbal therapy with pills. This is especially true of those who have diabetes because they must keep an eye on blood sugar and must under no circumstances stop taking the pills immediately. You must consult your physician before any changes in treatment.
  3. You should combine herbs with pills only after consulting your doctor.
  4. Herbal therapy takes a long time. Expect first signs of success no earlier than three to four weeks after the start of treatment. Duration of herbal therapy depends on the duration of the illness (e.g., you will feel better in just 2-3 days if you have a flu but you have to be patient in the case of a chronic illness). A typical course is two or three months long.
  5. Make sure to check your health 1–3 months after you’ve been taking herbal remedies. You should stick to the following scheme: 3 weeks of therapy followed by a one-week break. Repeat three times, and then make a month-long break.
  6. Most herbs must not be brewed in boiling water. The temperature must be 70–80°C. Some infusions are prepared on water bath.
  7. You should accompany herbal therapy with a healthy lifestyle. You should quit or minimise smoking, avoid alcohol, fatty, roasted, cured, and pickled food. Increase physical activity, exposure to fresh air, get enough sleep, etc. Try to be positive and assured of your successful recovery.
  8. Don’t use herbs which you don’t know well enough. If you gather the herbs yourself, make sure to know and avoid poisonous plants.
  9. The simpler the composition of the concoction, the better. If you use more than five herbs at the same time, the effects might be unpredictable. Don’t use herbs that you’ve heard of and always follow proper dosage. If you’re interested in becoming a herbalist, you are advised to learn the secrets of this profession under the guidance of an experienced herbalist. You can also find out a lot during dedicated seminars and webinars.

You can easily find like-minded people on the Internet

You can also find a community of amateur herbalists, of which there are plenty nowadays. It will be your first step towards a healthier lifestyle and your liberation from pharma dependency, Olga Spiridonova thinks. Beware: herbal therapy is very popular, and a profitable target for unscrupulous people.

Preserving Common Sense

Can you expect to get rid of all health-related issues with the help of herbs and when do you need to request assistance of the mainstream healthcare? First of all, on of such cases is emergency treatment, e.g., fractures, accidents, severe strokes, surgeries (appendicitis, fractures of internal organs, wounds, cancer, acute inflammations, etc.)

Please see your doctor if you have acute episodes of chronic illnesses, diabetes, asthma, stroke, severe hypertension, severe and inborn heart disorders. Blind reliance on the magic of herbs and lack of common sense can lead to bad consequences. You should always bear in mind that traditional folk remedies don’t help in all cases. You must always consult your doctor in acute episodes and only after that figure out which herbs to use for prevention of relapses.

Pregnant women and little children, chronic patients, cancer patients, people who have allergic reactions or inflammations, infections; patients during the post-surgery period, climax, and after using drugs for a long time should use herbs with caution and seek medical advice.

Avoid melissa, hawthorn, peppermint, and chokeberry if you have low blood pressure. Those who suffer from liver and stomach disorders should avoid onion and raspberry. Plantain concoctions may exacerbate gastritis. Raspberry, viburnum, and sorrel are no-go for those who have kidney stones. Don’t use thyme if you have chronic kidney, liver, stomach, and thyroid gland diseases, although you can use it if you suffer from atherosclerosis but with extra caution.

Herbs are prescribed with consideration of individual physiology

A mix of herbs and pills calls for extreme caution. For instance, you mustn’t combine sedative herbs with anti-allergic drugs and vitamins; St John’s wort does not go well with tetracycline and sulfanilamides because this combination greatly increases skin photosensitivity.

Eleutherococcus, ginseng, and aralia are incompatible with coffee and caffeine-containing drugs because this combination can cause hypertension, excessive excitability and irritability. Some herbs, such as St John’s wort, have a negative interaction with anaesthetics, as does valeriana. That’s why you are strongly advised against taking herbal medicines prior to a surgery.

Garlic and ginseng dilute blood and can increase the risk of haemorrhage, even though they are typically used to prevent thrombosis. Don’t use valeriana to treat insomnia for a long time without a break. Otherwise, it may have the opposite effect, and your insomnia will become even more severe.

Echinacea is a fantastic stimulant of immune system but it can also preclude wounds from healing. It must under no means be used by those who suffer from autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Grave’s disease, leucosis, and collagenosis. Echinacea must also be avoided in HIV positive patients because it is incompatible with ARV drugs, and in TB patients. It is incompatible with antifungal drugs (fluconazole). Licorice is a powerful cough medicine but it should be avoided when treating children younger than 18 years and pregnant women because it contains plant estrogens analogous to female hormones. Marjoram should be avoided by pregnant women, too, because it may provoke miscarriage.

St John’s wort should not be used when a patient runs a high temperature, has increased blood pressure, suffers from gastritis and ulcer. If you use St John’s wort, abstain from coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and cured meat, since this combination may lead to permanent migraines.

With that said, Olga Spiridonova is sure that folk remedies are a real and affordable way to be healthier. People should be aware of the fact that Mother Nature’s pharmacy really helps and improves one’s life quality, especially if you bear in mind that almost all diseases stem from the patient’s own actions.

For the beginning of the article, please, refer to Herbal Pharmacy: The Mother Nature’s Help. Part I