Herbal Remedies: 5 Tips You Don’t Want To Avoid

29/05/2013 23:09

Herbal Remedies: 5 Tips You Don’t Want To Avoid

by Courtney Chapman, Contributor

If you’re a beginner to natural remedies, you might want to consider a few things before you purchase or concoct different recipes. Alternative medicine, especially when using herbs, can be just as complicated as conventional medicine because it incorporates Eastern and Western concepts of medicine and examines the individual from a holistic point of view. For instance, some holistic health practitioners and N.D.’s use a diagnosis method based on the Chinese principles of yin and yang constitutions. They also examine the individual’s energy levels, whether they have an internal or external condition, an excess or deficiency, etc. The diagnosis and treatment process can become very extensive if you are new or lack the expertise in treating acute and chronic ailments. However; you can empower yourself with a few helpful tips when deciding how to treat common illnesses such as colds, the flu, headaches, and more.

[Sidebar: this article is not meant to treat or diagnosis any diseases or illnesses. It is provided for educational purposes. I am not a trained medical professional or registered herbalist, so please consult your health care physician before considering treatment for acute and chronic illnesses]

1. Know the condition that you are trying to treat. This is probably the most important tip you should consider because many symptoms can be misdiagnosed for other aliments. This is where you definitely want to consult a professional health care physician to make sure you are treating the right condition. With that said, do not completely disregard any pertinent treatments or medicine the doctor gives to you. Most beginner herbal remedies are used to aid in the body’s natural healing process and should not be the main source of treatment if you are treating something serious like pneumonia or the flu.  If you want to choose a holistic approach over a conventional, please consult a Naturopathic Doctor, a registered medical herbalist, or a holistic healthcare provider.

2. Choose herbs that will aid in the individual’s natural healing process. One of the most difficult aspects of natural medicine is choosing the right herbs and right remedies for the condition you’re treating. Write down all of the symptoms you or the individual are experiencing (both internal and external symptoms). This list will help you analyze which herbs you are going to need and how they interact with your body. Another Chinese method you can consider is determining if you or the individual have an excess or deficient condition.

An excess or deficient condition can be  cold or hot natured. Excessive conditions occur when there is an excessive amounts of foods, attitudes, weather, etc. that brings the body into an imbalance. Deficient conditions usually occur with most chronic conditions (such as anemia, allergies, etc) and are usually caused by nutrient or organ deficiency. Choose herbs that will complement the body’s natural healing process. Check out the following table for more information:

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