Can Herbs Cure Diseases?
It’s better to answer our question first and then explain about it.
Yes, herbs can cure diseases, but they should be consulted and prescribed by a herbalist.
Humans have struggled with a variety of diseases from the distant past and have been able to cope with diseases. Otherwise, the human race would have become extinct by now. But the question that arises is how in the distant past, when science, especially medical science, was not as advanced as it is now, how did people treat their diseases? Were there operating rooms, chemical drugs, organ transplants, radiology, laboratories,… to treat diseases at that time? So how did people treat their diseases?
Traditional medicine or herbal medicine, which is also known by other names such as complementary or holistic medicine, answers all the above questions.
In the past, there were different herbal medicines in different parts of the world and people used them to treat their diseases, and the main medicine they used was herbs and medicinal foods. But a person named Bu’ali Sina (Avicenna) tried to gather all the tips and teachings of different herbal medicine and researched about them to know the types of medicinal plants, their harms and benefits and how to use herbal medicines correctly.
Herbs, the turning point of herbal medicine
The main methods of treatment in the field of herbal medicine are herbs and medicinal foods. In addition to herbs, herbal doctor may use other complementary methods to treat the disease, but it can be said that herbs are one of the items that are present in all prescriptions of herbal physicians.
Herbs are different parts of medicinal plants that are mostly harmless and are used in different ways such as infusion, poultice, inhalation, eating and combining with medicines and other foods. Herbs can be very effective, but it should be noted that if used improperly, it can worsen the disease and even cause irreparable damage. It is therefore necessary to consult a herbalist before using any herbs.
The place of herbs in modern medicine
In the distant past, and perhaps until 60, 70 years ago, herbs had a special place among doctors and people because of its effects on the treatment of patients. Gradually, with the development of medical science and the transformation of the pharmaceutical field into a large and money-making industry, medicinal plants gave way to chemical and industrial drugs.
Of course, it is not bad to mention that some chemical drugs are made on the basis of medicinal plants. But fortunately, herbs are returning to their former position, and many pharmaceutical companies, with research on medicinal plants and their effect on disease recovery, are producing and processing plants for medicinal purposes, and even various herbs. In order to have a better effect on specific diseases, they are combined and processed according to special formulations.
Types of herbs
There are many herbs, each of which is used for different diseases and with different conditions of use. In this section, some common medicinal plants and a brief explanation about their healing properties are mentioned:
Thyme: Thyme is one of the medicinal plants that you can make for yourself, even without considering its healing properties, but do not overdo it. Thyme has antibiotic and antifungal properties and can be used to treat colds, sore throats, insomnia, help relieve seizures, etc.
Chamomile: Chamomile is another widely used medicinal plant in herbal medicine, some of its properties include helping to improve headaches and migraines, treating anorexia, treating anemia, helping to secrete milk in breastfeeding mothers, etc.
Cinnamon: You may be surprised that cinnamon, which we use as a spice in food, can also have medicinal properties. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, as well as properties such as increasing sexual potency, increasing the body’s immunity, relieving muscle pain, and treating anemia.
Nigella sativa: It is one of the most important herbs and it is better to go to its unique and abundant properties immediately. Nigella sativa has anti-flatulence, diuretic, body strengthening, blood purifying, constipation relief, cough relief, skin color brightening, kidney stone removal, hemorrhoids treatment, treatment of chronic headaches, weight loss, cancer prevention, anti Jaundice is a treatment for vomiting of blood and many other cases.
Apple: If we want to name the fruits that are used as a medicinal plant, apples are one of them. Apple is a laxative, it also has properties such as helping to lose weight, removing skin wrinkles, treating diarrhea, treating hoarseness, helping to treat rheumatism, and so on.
Echium: Echium is invigorating and strengthens the nerves and psyche. It also helps strengthen the kidneys and treat sensory disorders.
Mentha: Another herbs is mentha, which helps to relieve stomach and intestinal disorders and indigestion. It is also useful for lowering blood cholesterol, bloating, cough, relieving shortness of breath and ….
These were just a few of the herbs used in herbal medicine to treat various ailments. The amount and method of use of each drug is different for each patient and it should be noted that it must be used with the prescription of a herbalist.