2020 has been the ultimate rollercoaster of healthcare. We have been bouncing back and forth from careful observation of WHO recommendations and quarantine restrictions to some level of disappointment in medicine and its competence.
No wonder the interest in Plant Medicine and herbal remedies has emerged in the past several months. However, the shady and quite controversial policy of most medical companies, their money-hungry methods of imposition make our curiosity about alternative methods of treatment and therapy pretty logical.
Humanity has been studying and using various plants, and their derivatives like essential oils, blends, and extracts for thousands of years. And while the controversy towards efficiency and safety of plant-based medicine continues, the facts speak for themselves.
Most commonly-recognized drugs used in modern healthcare have a herbal origin and contain plant derivatives as their main functioning ingredients. We all know and use those drugs in everyday life – codeine, morphine, quinine – they are included in the WHOs list of “essentials” and they all are of a herbal origin.
Pharmaceutical companies exploit plant medicine
What pharmaceutical companies do is deriving the active elements and then pad them with synthetic chemical elements that have similar characteristics, but are much cheaper to produce. However, those chemical add-ons are the common reasons for various side-effects that may be pretty unpredictable for the drug manufacturers themselves. Here and there we hear the news that another pharmaceutical giant is recalling their product due to a rising amount of reports about dangerous side-effects. It means that they release them on the market without conducting comprehensive testing and eliminating possible complications.
Of course, the claims that you can cure any disease with a drop of essential oil or herbal tea are misleading! The nature of plant remedies is so complicated that the studies will last forever. However, plant medicine proves itself as a safer and less invasive alternative treatment of numerous conditions once performed under the supervision of a qualified and licensed health practitioner.
That said the interest in Plant Medicine today is quite logical and explicable. While the dust of the most recent outbreak is settling, people look for new ways towards a healthier and fuller life. Let`s have an overview of the most well-established herbal remedies of 2021.
One of the most discussed plant remedies in 2020, ginger has been hailed by some people for its well-known supportive effect during colds, headaches, and nausea and condemned by others for false claims that it may prevent or even heal COVID-19.
Ginger, along with CBG and CBD, has been used for thousands of years as an effective herbal remedy against headaches and muscle aches and nausea, which are common symptoms of cold and flu. Modern medicine still widely recommends ginger-based teas and drinks against nausea during chemotherapy and even pregnancy.
Famous for its human-looking roots, ginseng Always had an almost mysterious reputation of being efficient against any disease known to mankind. Ginseng`s popularity comes from traditional Chinese medicine. However, a variety of medical plants grows in America also. And while Chinese ginseng is mostly famous for its energizing effect, American one vice versa is usually appreciated for its calming and soothing effect. The main traits of ginseng are inflammation treatment and support of the immunity system, which makes it another popular herbal remedy in 2021.
Known from traditional medicine of Native Americans, Echinacea is the American version of a universal herbal remedy that has an extremely wide application range. From wounds and burns to sore throat and stomach aces – Echinacea has a powerful anti-inflammatory and soothing effect and is equally safe for topical use and digestion.
Another plant, whose healing powers were at some point adopted and then abused by pharmaceutical companies. Known as “natural Valium”, Valerian is most efficient against anxiety and even in cases of panic attacks. First described by ancient Greek doctors, Valerian was successfully used against headaches in the Roman Empire and became most famous for its stress-relieving qualities at the beginning of the XX century.