It’s no secret that many in the medical profession mock the idea of using natural remedies for health issues. But the best doctor is the one who is willing to be open-minded and monitor what a patient is using and how they are progressing. Healers of long ago had to succeed with their natural methods, especially when it came to their Rulers. There were no complaints, but failure often meant death for the healer. There is no clear explanation of why many of today’s doctors are so unwilling to explore the benefits of the natural method.
Every day, studies are conducted on the use and results of natural medicine, including herbs and spices. Peppermint, echinacea and chamomile are examples of herbal studies that have been completed with very positive results.
Peppermint has been scrutinised by the scientific community, and one study showed that peppermint is an excellent choice for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In one such study, participants took peppermint oil capsules and reported on the results after one month. Their symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome had decreased by up to 40%.
Echinacea is a herb that is still being thoroughly tested by the scientific community. Further research is needed to establish beyond doubt that echinacea is particularly effective for colds and respiratory diseases. However, the scientific community agrees that echinacea should still be considered by people looking for natural solutions. This is because of the positive feedback it receives from people who have participated in trials.
Chamomile is an ancient remedy. There is broad scientific consensus that the flavonoids contained in chamomile are responsible for the medicinal properties described. Scientists are still working on what other chemicals might be present in chamomile flower and how effective they are in solving health problems. The studies carried out have shown that not all chamomile teas on the market are the same. Some are far more effective than others. And the studies concluded that one should start with small doses of chamomile tea and consider all the side effects before increasing the dosage. Chamomile tea is used for many health issues, and one example from the scientific community shows that it can prevent the development of particular cancer cells.
There are case studies and examples of people who have been diagnosed with certain conditions and who have been prescribed multiple medications that seemed like overuse to the patient. Many people now realise that taking 2-6 or more medicines can help in the short term, but the long-term effects on their bodies can be devastating.
Scientific laboratories often conduct case studies on the effectiveness of essential oils. It is beginning to be shown that essential oils actually have the ability to fight and overcome microbes in the body. One example is oregano oil and how it works against harmful pathogens. It is not yet fully understood how essential oils work against pathogens. Still, the thought that is currently being written is that they somehow manage to inhibit the functioning of the pathogen.
There have been case studies that have shown that essential oils work on mood and depression problems. Naturopaths have used lavender, rosemary and jasmine as remedies to help their clients improve their overall mood. By using combinations of essential oils that help with stress, the number of depression attacks has also been reduced. Further scientific studies are undoubtedly still needed. However, it can be said that essential oils and other natural health solutions are proving to be great complimentary alternatives for the maintenance of good health.