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Herbs - Vital to a Healthy Balance

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Growing up in Northern Germany "country style", I quickly developed a love for the bounties of MOTHER NATURE, especially berries, herbs, flowers and vegetables. One of my favourite herbs was the "stinking rose", garlic, which I considered a WONDER HERB, and also the elderberry juice for fever, enhancing the healing power of the body and boosting the immune system.

The value of herbs to our lives and to our health cannot be overstated. Since our ancestors first walked the earth, herbs have formed the basis of medicine chests, cosmetic bowls, culinary spice jars, perfume vials and dye pots. Most herbs in their natural state are safe, and do not leave a residue in the body that could produce negative side effects. Prescription drugs on the other hand may be extracted from plants, most of them are not and synthetically developed in laboratories, but when the plants are not used in their natural state it can result in harmful side effects. These drugs tend to treat or mask the symptoms or condition, while the use of herbals emphasizes that one could avoid getting sick in the first place because they help to balance and support the body. The compounds in herbs work synergistically in the body to promote healing. All plants have therapeutic properties as they contain a variety of biologically active substances. Plants undergo photosynthesis, transforming carbon dioxide into energy rich substances. The resulting carbon chains are further transformed into a variety of compounds such as lipids, alkaloids, essential oils and tannins. Through other biochemical processes, minerals and nitrates are absorbed by the roots and transformed into vitamins, trace minerals and antibiotics.

Herbs can affect biological systems in our bodies at the cellular and organ level. Ultimately these high levels of biologically active substances can produce pharmacological and therapeutic affects. The nutritional value of herbs is high and organically grown herbs offer maximum benefits.

Herbs are extensively used in cosmetics, herbal creams, lotions, shampoo, toothpaste, oils, tinctures, sprays and in cooking. The multitude of uses for herbs as foods, medicines and in products emphasizes how vital botanical plants are to our health and well being. Unfortunately, as the Pharmaceutical industry developed the ability to synthesize medicine from the inert substances such as petroleum and minerals, and developing sophisticated marketing strategies, the therapeutic use of natural herbs diminished especially in North America.

Recently however, there has been a resurgence of interest in herbs and her healing. As people begin to lose faith in prescription drugs and antibiotics, they are rediscovering that herbs are an effective and comparatively inexpensive form of health care. Herbal medicine represents a particular approach to healing which differs from ALLOPATHIC medicine. Rather than relieving a single symptom with single active ingredient, herbs offer a holistic approach by striving to heal the entire system and treating the cause. Herbal medicine can only be truly holistic if it acknowledges the social and cultural context in which the illnesses occurred, and then the desired healing takes place. According to Chris Kilham, the medicine hunter, www.medicinehunter.com over five billion people today are still using herbal remedies for healing.

The renewed interest in holistic medicine, as well s a great number of traditional therapies, has encouraged changes within the existing medical profession. Given the severe financial crisis of our medical system, it is incumbent upon us all to seek out and utilize appropriate health alternatives. It appears that these opportunities will continue in the coming years.

And here is a quote from "The Pocket Herbal Reference Guide" by Debbra St.Clair, MH: "The art of pharmacy turned to the production of drugs which could bring the quickest relief of symptoms, ignoring the reason that the symptoms appeared. As we look back perhaps it is time to reconsider the path. The use of these substances has spawned a myriad of unexpected problems, such as suppression of the very signals that our bodies produce to alert us to a need of change. Pain itself is a call to action a call to remedy and in balance in our life style. The proficient use of herbal therapy is directly connected to our ability to sense that first signal and to adjust our lifestyle accordingly. It is when these signals are continually ignored that disease has a chance to seat itself more deeply within our bodies. The appropriate use of herbs is only one of many health alternatives to our medical system.


Words of Wisdom:

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, the cause and PREVENTION of disease".


Thomas Edison (1847 1931)

"Those who do not spend time every day on health, will sacrifice one day a lot of time for illness."


About the author

Klaus Ferlow, herbalist, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder, President and co-owner of FERLOW BOTANICALS, Div. of Ferlow Brothers Ltd, Vancouver, B.C., manufacturing, distributing TOXIN free medicinal herbal and personal care products to professional health & wellness practitioners and selected stores with practitioners on staff since 1993. , www.ferlowbotanicals.com

His educational articles have been published in dozen of Health Magazines, Magazines, Newspapers, Newsletters in Canada and numerous websites around the world.

Disclaimer: This information is offered for its educational value and should not be used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease, please contact your health care practitioner.


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