Nature's Healing Secrets: The world of Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine holds a significant place in the history of healing across cultures and continents throughout human existence. It has been the go-to medicine for countless communities since time immemorial. Despite its long-standing tradition, the question of "How do herbs work?" often arises, and I'll shed light on this topic.

A few years back, I encountered a remarkable customer who shared her journey of using herbal medicines. She expressed her success in healing herself from serious illnesses and helping family members as well. What thrilled her most was the empowerment she felt in being able to heal herself and her loved ones without frequent visits to medical doctors or the emergency room.

However, she confided in me about the skepticism she faced from her husband, a pharmacist at a major drugstore chain. He dismissed herbal remedies as mere hocus-pocus and placebos. She was deeply upset and sought my response.

How Herbal Medicine Works:
 Herbal medicine has deep roots dating back over 6,000 years in various cultures such as China, India, and the Middle East. Even today, a significant portion of the global population prefers herbal medicine as their primary choice, placing little trust in pharmaceutical drugs. Interestingly, many drugs originated from plants.

For example, Digitalis, a renowned heart medication, derives its name from the Digitalis lanata, the Foxglove plant it's made from. This plant, like many others, contains potent chemicals known as phytochemicals or plant-chemicals. One subset of these chemicals, cardiac glycosides, profoundly affects the heart muscle. This example illustrates how herbs have transitioned into widely used drugs.

How Herbs Actually Work:

The mechanism behind herbal medicine is surprisingly straightforward. All plants and foods contain various chemicals. When you consume plants, your body breaks down the plant material, utilizing processes from saliva to digestive juices. Your body then assimilates these diverse chemicals.

Essentially, we consume plants for their phytochemical nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, all essential for sustaining life. However, herbs, while also being foods, are often not consumed primarily for nutrition due to their stronger taste. Instead, they are used for their medicinal properties because they contain more potent chemicals. This distinction helps us differentiate between food and medicine; raspberries taste great, while digitalis does not.

When we ingest medicinal herbs through chewing, herbal teas, tablets, capsules, or liquid extracts like tinctures and tonics, we assimilate medicinal plant chemicals or phytochemical medicines, not nutrients. The way herbs work is grounded in basic chemistry rather than rocket science.

Why Medical Doctors May Condemn Herbal Medicine:

Medical doctors often express skepticism or condemn herbal medicine for several reasons. Firstly, they receive no training in herbal medicine or nutrition, so their opinions may lack validity in these areas.

Secondly, insecurity plays a role. People, including medical doctors, tend to feel insecure about things they don't understand. This can lead to fear, condemnation, or advice to steer clear of the unfamiliar. A more enlightened response would be to acknowledge their lack of expertise and recommend consulting a qualified herbal doctor.

Thirdly, the pharmaceutical industry is a massive two-trillion-dollar business in the US, heavily invested in lobbying. Doctors and hospitals rely on this industry for business. This creates occasional negative publicity warning against herbal medicine as competition, resulting in contradictory claims about herbs being either dangerous or ineffective.

In summary, herbal medicine, while not a replacement for medical doctors and emergency care, should be the primary choice for healthcare. It's safe, utilizes the whole plant, is cost-effective, and has proven effectiveness when combined with a healthy lifestyle. These reasons make herbal medicine a logical first choice for healthcare.

In my life, I've witnessed the healing power of herbal remedies firsthand. They have effectively treated countless diseases and ailments. Perhaps, for those who doubt, a passage from the Bible captures the essence: "...And the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."