Thursday, 18 September 2008

Herbs - Good and Free in this World

There aren't many good things in this modern world, but as my reaseach digs deeper that just growing my own herbs I have just taken a little time to reflect on the overall herb focused picture that is taking shape. As we look into the properties of individual herbs it is quite apparent that in this modern day and age in the 21st Century that use of natural herbs are only just being realised.

Nowadays, much herbal medicine systems are based on Greek and Roman sources. The Siddha and Ayurvedic medicine systems from India are still an untapped area in other part of the world and we are still learning.

Then there is the Chinese herbal medicine or Chinese herbology system, which dates back thousands of years, but still considered the most effective treatment of many ailments.

The World Health Organization states that that every 8 out of 10 people in this world uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care.

Many of the pharmaceuticals have a long history of use as herbal remedies but pharmaceuticals are business and for that reason alone are too expensive for most of the world's population. So herbal medicines are grown from seed or gathered from nature for little or no cost. This is a wonderful thing, free health care worldwide!

Herbal medicine plays a major part in all traditional medicine systems.

The use of drugs and dietary supplements derived from herbs has moved on at a tremendous rate over the last few decades. The World Health Organisation claims that a quarter of all modern drugs used in the USA have been derived from herbs and plants.

So let's reflect on something that is good in this world and that is the use of a natural element on this earth that does so much good. And also don't forget that we haven't even mentioned what amazing things herbs can do to food and cuisine!

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