Herbal Medicine

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Alternative medicine has been around for centuries, although it has just started to become very popular in countries such as The United States. Many people now are following the trend without knowing anything about alternative medicine. People should be aware of the benefits as well as the precautions involved in taking these natural remedies. The most common form of alternative medicine nowadays is herbal medicines. These natural remedies can be found in millions of American homes today. Herbal medicine is probably the most widely used of the alternative medicines. Herbal medicine is a part of homeopathy, which is an alternative system of healing that uses very small doses of substances to relieve specific symptoms (2). Traditional…show more content…
Many people do not realize that Garlic has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Garlic is very good for you. It has been used for medical purposes for so long that it cannot be traced. It is native to Siberia and much of Southern Europe(3). The clove is the part that is used for medical purposes. Garlic has many medical uses. It is used for colds, coughs, bronchitis, and other bacterial sicknesses. Garlic also helps to control blood pressure and cholesterol. The Chinese used it for tuberculoses, coughs and digestion problems. Garlic is taken in the form of tablets, capsules, syrup, and fresh cloves (3). Ginger is also a common herbal medicine found in many homes. Ginger is an oriental spice used as a circulatory stimulant(4). It relieves gas, and colic, it induces sweating, lowers blood cholesterol, and relieves motion sickness. It is used in the form of a fresh root, powder or tablets. (1). Ginkgo is an antioxidant herb(4). It increases circulation, reduces premature memory loss, aging & senility. "Ginko Biloba is able to inhibit the occurrence of cerebral edema and eliminate its neurological consequences"(4). It reduces the tendency for dangerous clots or thrombi to form in veins & arteries(4). Ginkgo biloba Extract is an herb that helps arteries in the legs & relieves pain, cramping & weakness. It increases circulation of blood flow. Ear problems are improved with Ginkgo Biloba, due to improved blood flow to the nerves to the inner
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