I am truly amazed at the trial and error process our ancestors needed to find which plants had healing properties for human health. Through oral information and detailed written records over the centuries, we have learned how to use plants to cure specific illnesses or for our general well-being.
These days, it's much rarer for Western doctors to be trained in natural treatments like nutrition and botany...which is incredibly odd, if you think about it. As a doctor, a modern healer, shouldn't your main goal be to help treat the root cause of the disease with the safest remedy possible (usually a combination of herbal medicines), not to use toxic and synthetic substances to only mask the symptoms?
Modern medicine, a hypocritical oath?
I will respect all people, their autonomy and their will, without any discrimination according to their condition or their convictions. I will intervene to protect them if they are weakened, vulnerable or threatened in their integrity or dignity.
"food is your first medicine"
If you think of healthcare as an industry that really wants to help people, it's kind of mind-boggling. However, if you think of healthcare as an industry that wants to make money by keeping patients hooked on expensive drugs for life, then it makes a lot more sense for it to work that way. In underdeveloped countries, where medicine is not yet so heavily monetized or politicized, about 75-80% of the population still uses traditional herbal remedies; and it should be noted that many of these countries have much lower rates of cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Being more in favor of a natural lifestyle, I personally would prefer healthy foods, vitamins and herbal remedies over over-the-counter and prescription pills.
Of course, in this industry, there is a tendency to focus on 'high' mind-altering natural compounds such as THC, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT and others; which means that some plants are often overlooked.
I've compiled a short list of non-intoxicating herbal remedies that you can find at many local grocery and health food stores, and maybe even in your own backyard.
Plants are amazing and the fact that so many of them can be used for human health proves how connected we are to the world around us. That's why, at CBDtech, we strive to bring you the latest items and the highest quality herbal products.
The benefits of natural healing
I think people may assume that herbal compounds aren't very effective and are less effective than prescription and over-the-counter drugs, but that's hardly the case.
Natural remedies can be a life-changing solution for people who cannot use Western-type medications for a number of reasons, including tolerance, allergies, or other sensitivities. They can also be an alternative to expensive surgeries or specialized prescriptions.
Herbal medicine as this practice is often called, can be more appropriate to address the root causes of any illness the patient is suffering from, rather than just alleviating the accompanying symptoms.
Natural plant compounds can also be used for disease prevention, general health and well-being, and even to improve the condition of hair, skin, and nails.
The idea behind herbal therapies is much more holistic than Western medicine and takes into account many different factors that can contribute to faster healing.
For example , it is now clinically recognized that lemon can be effective in breaking down kidney stones.
A practitioner with minimal knowledge of natural treatments may suggest lemon water and leave it at that, while an experienced herbalist would suggest drinking lemon water daily while eliminating foods that contribute to kidney stones like beets, lentils and red meat.
Medicinal plants act in synergy with the natural abilities of the body and also strengthen the immune system, thus reducing the risk of falling ill again in the future.
Additionally, natural products generally work without destroying important cells and compounds that already exist in the body.
Take antibiotics, which can cause stomach problems by destroying good bacteria.
6 best medicinal plants
The creosote shrub, or Larrea tridentata, is one of the oldest and most versatile living medicinal plants on earth.
it is native to the arid deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. On a more ordinary level, it is known for its incredibly intoxicating aroma, which it releases after a good rain. Creosote is the reason the monsoon season in the desert is intoxicatingly good smelling.
Besides its possible applications in aromatherapy, shrubby creosote has been used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of the region, who considered it a “ medicinal ” plant for many medicinal purposes.
In translated ethnobotanical notes, it is described as an effective method for the treatment of fever, colds and flu, stomach aches, general pains, diuretics, sinus problems, arthritis and anemia.
It is also used topically as an antifungal and antimicrobial agent. To be consumed, in the form of herbal tea .
Currently, synthetic creosote extracts are already used in some prescription drugs, mainly in anti-diarrheal drugs.
More and more clinical studies have shown that the active compounds of the plant, in particular nordihydroguairetic acid (NDGA), have antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. These studies confirm native uses of creosote.
Turmeric is a common spice that has been used in India as a food spice and herbal medicine for thousands of years. Turmeric is a spice derived from the root of Curcuma Ionga.
Common compounds in turmeric are called curcuminoids, the most common of which is curcumin . Curcumin is the compound responsible for all the healing effects of this spice.
Curcumin is called an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent and has traditionally been used to treat many different health conditions.
Curcumin is still used today in many parts of the world for conditions such as hay fever, depression, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis , certain types of liver disease, and itching.
The only problem with curcumin is that it has a rather low absorption rate and most supplements don't contain very high concentrations of it. It is best to take curcumin with foods that contain some amount of fat because it is fat soluble . Also with black pepper , as pepper contains compounds that increase the ability to absorb other compounds, including curcumin.
The Duchesne strawberry, or Indian strawberry , is a slow-growing flowering plant also native to India. Also known as the false strawberry, yellow-flowered strawberry, it is an invasive species that has taken hold in most of the continental United States.
She is from Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Northern China.
the name of strawberries with yellow flowers is given because of their great resemblance to the real wild strawberries, but the flowers give yellow colors and the wild strawberries have white colors. Both are edible, but fake strawberries aren't as sweet as real strawberries.
In medicine, strawberries are taken and used topically . They are full of protein, iron, vitamin C and other useful compounds.
Additionally, the gel in the fruit is capable of curing many skin diseases , including eczema , burns, boils, insect bites, and even non-venomous snakebites.
Aloe vera is one of the best known and most widespread medicinal plants that exist. It has long been used to treat and moisturize the skin , and some forms of aloe vera products can be found at most pharmacies and health food stores across the country.
Aloe is a plant of the Asphodelaceae family, aloe vera is the gel present in the leaves of the plant. Although most commonly applied to the skin, there is strong evidence that taking aloe vera gel or juice by mouth may also have health benefits such as treating constipation, managing cholesterol and lowering blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
What's great about aloe vera is that it's extremely convenient. You can easily get an aloe plant that requires almost no care, let it grow on the window with minimal watering, and whenever you need it, cut off a small piece and use the gel in it.
Rose oil is one of the best natural compounds you can apply to the skin . First of all, the composition of the oil is full of benefits
antioxidants and minerals, and rose has antiseptic properties, so it's great for treating acne , rosacea , and inflammation.
What makes rose oil particularly unique is that it has the highest frequency of any natural oil on this planet.
Every living being on this earth has a vibrational frequency
Rose oil is unique in that it has the highest frequency of any natural oil on the planet. Every living thing on this earth has a measurable frequency, for example a healthy human body has a frequency of around 62-72 MHz.
With regard to therapies that use these frequencies, it is claimed that a higher megahertz promotes various types of physical healing. The frequency of rose oil is around 320 MHz and is used in cell regeneration.
Like many other compounds on this list, it can be applied to the skin, the navel with the péchoti method or in an oral version. Drinking rose water is also very common among natural health enthusiasts and has been for decades.
Although studies on its effectiveness are limited, according to unconfirmed data, it can help with stress , digestion and inflammation.
Chamomile is another one of those herbs that is very common and easy to find everywhere, but its healing potential is really taken for granted.
Chamomile comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family and you'll most often find it sold as a tea.
For centuries chamomile tea has been consumed for health purposes and because it is full of antioxidants, studies have shown it to be helpful in preventing many different illnesses including heart disease, cancer, digestive problems, anxiety and sleep disturbances .
Did you know ?
Chamomile can be a treatment for conjunctivitis. All you have to do is brew some chamomile tea, let it cool down a bit, then soak a cotton ball or compress and press it on the affected eye for about 5-10 minutes. As it is non-toxic, you can repeat the operation as many times as you wish and it works quite quickly to fight the infection.
How to end this article without talking about CBD, one of the many molecules extracted from hemp,
CBD can be derived from hemp and marijuana. All of our CBD products are natural, made from "industrial" sativa hemp plants, legal under current legislation. Hemp-derived CBD is rich in medicinal and therapeutic virtues, and naturally very low in THC of 0.2% in the plant and 0% in the finished product.
CBD (cannabidiol) also called Therapeutic Cannabis would act on our body to provide many health benefits, but without the side effects of THC. here is a non-exhaustive list on the therapeutic potential of this molecule:
- CBD has antiemetic virtues
- Can relieve inflammation, anxiety, nausea, stress, helps regulate blood pressure,
- CBD may have some efficacy on neuronal protection
- Can in some cases replace Opioids,
- May relieve headaches
also in other pathologies. Many ongoing laboratory studies will uncover other benefits.
Here is a video on how CBD works on our endocannabinoid system:
Conclusion on medicinal plants
I repeat that I am for medicinal plants by nature, they are the most interesting, controversial and demonized for most
In the search for therapies, however, we tend to overlook the countless healing compounds that exist right under our noses - literally because most of them can be found in your local grocery store or in many cases even right on your property.
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