Herb is a plant whose stem is not woody or persistent. It is a plant, of which leaves etc are used for food, medicine, scent, flavour etc.” If we take cognizance of this definition then all plantations/vegetables cannot be described and clubbed under herbs. Further, all herbs are not meant to serge medicinal purposes. There are certain herbs which are useful for one person, whether in health or disease, cannot be guaranteed to equally benefit the other person, the reason being that Prakriti (nature) of each person is different and each herb acts/reacts according to status of one’s Prakriti and resistance power. Herbs have high rate of curability, healing power and less side-effects. Herbs help to maintain a high role in balancing various processes in the body, promote general well-being and health.
DISORDERS TREATED/CURED BY HERBAL TREATMENT
- Cold, flu, chills, malaria, typhoid,
- Skin diseases, including allergy-related skin infestations.
- Hay fever, Catarrh, Coryza.
- Respiration and chest problems, including allergies, asthma and tuberculosis.
- Pains and aches, including neuralgias of Various etiologies, Headache, Migraine, Bell’s palsy, Neuritis etc.
- Nervous disorders, sleeplessness.
- Problems relating to women: puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and female sex problems.
- Venereal diseases and urinary disorders.
- Digestion related diseases, including those of river, spleen, pancreas, intestines, anus, rectum & stomach.
- Eye and Ear problems
- Disease of bones, joints and soft tissue, including accidents/trauma.
- Disease of generative and reproductive organs.
- Diseases of Mouth, Throat, including larynx, pharynx, tongue, uvula, soft palate, fauces.
- Disease of infants, children, adolescents, young persons, including their sex related problems; growth problems.
Today Herbal Medicines are effectively used as an Alternative Medicine to treat Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Acne, High Blood Pressure, Skin Diseases, Heart Related Problems, Indigestion, Gastritis, Blood Purification, High Cholesterol, Liver Cirrhosis, Kidney Stones, Cancer, HIV, Female Health Problems , Male Health Problems and Sexual Health Care and more...
Parts of Herbs used in Medicines
Read: Methods of Converting Herbs to Various Forms
Modern medicine lays stress on effect of a disorder, rather than seek or even attempt to know the disease. A medical herbalist will treat the patient holistically, treating the cause first and, when cause has been eradicated, disease will automatically get cured. Ayurveda system is the prominent user of herbs and its basic theory revolves round imbalance and Vitiation of three Doshas. According to it when the three doshas are fully balanced, a person will not take to illness but, when the doshas get vitiated and disturbed, diseased condition surfaces.
Modern medicine cannot be oblious to the curing capability of herbs and that’s the reason more and more research on herbs like Ashwagandha, Triphala, Neem, Banyan, Garlic, Turmeric, Holy Basil (Tulsi) Kankari, Parsley, Saffron, Alfafla, Jamun, Peepal, Onion, Fenugreek, Clove, Cariander, Cardamom, Cumin seeds, aniseed, vasaka, Henna, Saffron, Castor seeds, turmeric, linseed, Rhubarb, Arjun, ginseng, Pepper etc—to name a few only, still form part of many Indian homes.