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Zei Gezunt with Herbal Remedies
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

 • Description: Herbal Remedies
 • Statistical Information
 • Symptoms Treated
 • Questions to ask the Practitioner
 • General Tips
 • Products and Services
 • Books and Publications  

Herbal Remedies, otherwise known as herbalism, herbology, or herbal therapy is an alternative treatment method that utilizes plants and plant extracts to prevent or treat disease and promote healing. Unlike most forms of alternative modalities, the medical community considers herbs to have a scientific basis. In fact many medications and dietary supplements are formulated using herbs.

Since many of the herbs are believed to cause adverse effects and interact with each other and other medications, herbalists are trained to take those risks into account when recommending herbal remedies to their patients.

As of the beginning of the twentieth century a number of traditions from different countries came to dominate and dictate the practice of herbalism.

  •  The Classical Herbal Medicine Method – based on Roman and Greek
  •  The Ayurvedic and Siddha Methods – based on different South Asian Countries
  •  Chinese Herbal Medicine Method –
  •  Traditional African Herbal Medicine Method
  •  Unani- Tibb Herbal Medicine
  •  Shamanic Herbalism - based mostly on information from South America and Himalayas

Statistical studies show the following:
  •  The use of herbs to treat illness is almost universal among non-industrialized societies
  •  Two thirds of all the plants in the world which have medicinal properties can be found in developing countries
  •  Almost 40% of patients report use of some kind of herbal remedy, mostly for prevention
  •  The popularity of herbal remedies has risen every year, with billions of dollars spent each year
  •  More women are known to use herbal remedies than men, and those over 50 years old more than the young

Conditions and Symptoms
Herbal remedies are used to treat a vast number of medical conditions, illnesses and disorders including:
  •  Cardiovascular Disorders: Heart diseases, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and others
  •  Children’s Disorders: ear infections, children’s allergies and more
  •  Digestive Disorders: Acid Reflux, constipation, diarrhea, Irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and more
  •  Endocrine Disorders: Diabetes, hyper/hypthyroidsm and others
  •  Men’s Disorders: BPH, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and more
  •  Mental Disorders: Anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders and more
  •  Neurological Disorders: ADHD, Multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, seizures and more
  •  Pain Conditions: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, low back pain, migraines, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and others
  •  Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, allergies, COPD, bronchitis, pneumonia and others
  •  Skin Disorders: Acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and more
  •  Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, narcolepsy, parasomnias, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and more
  •  Women’s Disorders: Breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, menopause, menstrual

Questions to ask the Practitioner
  •  How many years experience have you had utilizing this healing method
  •  What is your success rate  
  •  Certificates and Licenses  
  •  References  

General Tips
  •  Consult your medical doctor and establish a diagnosis prior to taking herbal remedies
  •  Infants, children and older individuals should not take herbal remedies without medical consultation
  •  Make sure that both your medical doctor and herbalist know exactly what medication and herbs you are taking
  •  If you are pregnant or nursing consult your physician prior to taking any herbal remedies
  •  Choose the herbal remedies from well established and reputable companies
  •  Make sure that the herbal remedies you choose have detailed list of content and expiration date
  •  It is important to follow recommended dose and duration of use.
  •  Each herbal remedy affect people differently, please contact your health care provider prior to taking any new preparation
  •  Allow time for the herbal remedies to work, some take weeks to months to produce desired effects
  •  Be aware of the side effects associated with the herbal remedies you take
  •  Notify your surgeon prior to surgery if you are taking any herbal remedies as some may be life threatening for those undergoing surgery. (The length of time to avoid those herbs prior to surgery varies)

List of Products & Services
  •  Herbal Remedies - Natural Remedies
  •  Mountain Rose Herbs

BOOKS & Publications  
  •  Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference - by Phyllis A. Balch
  •  The Herbal Home Remedy Book - by Joyce A. Wardwell
  •  Herbal Remedies for Dummies - by Christopher Hobbs
  •  Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine  - by Andrew Chevallier

Alternative Treatment Methods
 • Acupressure
 • Acupuncture
 • Aromatherapy
 • Biofeedback
 • Chiropractic Treatment
 • Guided Imagery
 • Herbal Remedies
 • Homeopathy
 • Hypnosis
 • Magnetic Therapy
 • Massage Therapy
 • Meditation
 • Qigong
 • Reflexology
 • Reiki
 • Tai Chi
 • Therapeutic Touch
 • Vitamin Therapy
 • Yoga




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