Herbal Therapies and Remedies : The New Wave?
by Danna Schneider
While there are a lot of people who will naysay the virtues of alternative medicine and herbal therapies and remedies, there is also a subculture cropping of people who refuse to be swayed by the conventions of modern medicine and all the naysaying, and live a completely drug free lifestyle. And very successfully I might add.
The funny thing is that some of the healthiest people I know never pop any sort of drugs or man made pills, not even Tylenol or Advil when they get headaches. Instead, they either go without conventional medications, or try alternative remedies or natural methods to get rid of their aches and pains, headaches, cramps, and more.
The list of herbal cures, remedies, alternative therapies and natural medicines goes on and on. It seems you can either cure or drastically improve a wide variety of symptoms, illnesses, mental conditions, and even physical imperfections like acne or embarrassing nuisances like bad breath with some sort of alternative, unconventional, and yet oddly effective natural alternative.
Think about it, most prescription drugs and medications were at some point derived from a natural substance in most cases. If you can take that same product, in its natural state, don't you think this would require less processing by your body, and be better for your overall heatlh than putting possible toxins in your body, which may remain for months or years and can even have residual, long term effects?
While skepticism on the effectiveness of many of these natural alternatives is still prevalent, there are an increasing number of "herbal converts" who swear by any number of natural remedies and herbal medicines to cure whatever ails them. The skepticism quite frankly is understandable though, because a lot of companies with watered down, ineffective products that use old and inert herbs and natural compounds jumped on the herbal bandwagon, and have made a bad name for the herbal business.
For every high quality and effective herbal medicine, there are at least two or three that do not work. Researching your product of choice is key. Does the company offer testimonials, or standardization information on their product? Do they have some sort of approval seal for any ingredients that may only be effective in a certain form, or purity standard? Are they reputable, and have they been around for a long time? These are the types of things to research and look for when you are purchasing an herbal supplement or alternative health product.
Whether you are taking a supplement simply for health reasons, in other words to maintain health and wellness, or you are taking an herbal or natural supplement to actually combat a symptom of some kind, knowing what you are buying is key. It is also going to determine whether you will be among one of the growing legions of natural medicine converts, or a skeptic who sticks to conventional medicines. I for one, will continue "going natural".
Danna Schneider is the founder of the herbal and natural remedy guide and product offering, Herbal Therapeutics: Herbal Remedies and Supplements , an online guide to treating ailments and symptoms naturally, with a wide range of highly effective product offerings in the herbal and natural remedy realms.
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