In modern days with medicines being in the shape of pills or injections, we need to remember that humans’ earliest forms of medicine were herbs. It’s safe to say that roughly half of all pharmaceuticals today are either derived from herbs or inspired by the effects of herbs. Herbal medicine generally is safe for consumption but it is recommended for you to consult a professional herbalist to assist you for more important treatments.
Today we are going to talk about what an herbal pharmacist is and how they can help you when choosing a natural treatment.
Also known as a professional herbalist, a herbal pharmacist uses herbs to treat different kinds of conditions and ailments. When looking for herbal medicine, you’ll have a consultation with the herbal pharmacist to get to the root cause of your symptoms. Since herbal medicine can interact with each other in less than ideal ways, we at SOHMA of Lakewood and Long Beach CA highly recommend you consult with a professional herbalist who understands if there are any contradicting herbs that can have an adverse reaction to each other, and other prescriptions you may be taking.
Herbs are unique much like our patients. Depending on the person’s physical health and build, a trained herbalist will decide whether to use a single herbal treatment or a herbal formula to treat each patient. Even two people with identical ailments may be given different herbal remedies based on their constitution.
A herbal pharmacist may also consider using other forms of alternative medicine such as topical creams and ointments. A herbal pharmacist will attempt to find herbs based on your symptoms or pattern of ailments you describe during the consultation with the herbal pharmacist.
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine used by people, predating recorded history. Medicine derived from herbs can be used in preventative care, relief from symptoms caused by disease and infection, or simply boost energy or relax. Many herbal remedies are taken as teas or supplements.
Compared to their pharmaceutical counterpart, herbal medicine is more affordable than conventional medicine and easier to obtain. In many cases, herbal medicine has fewer negative side effects. Unfortunately, many times herbal medicine is ignored when compared to modern drug therapy. Regrettably, many people miss out on many of the health benefits of herbal remedies.
Common Beneficial Herbs
Although dedicated herbal pharmacies like the one at SOHMA can provide supplements and treatment options, you can purchase many herbs at your supermarket. These herbs can be added to your daily routine to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Chamomile – Chamomile can be used as a tea for minor digestive problems. Most commonly, chamomile tea is used to help relax and de-stress. Helping with conditions like anxiety, and insomnia. With no major side effects having multiple cups of chamomile tea a day is fine.
Turmeric – Turmeric has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years. Recently it’s been discovered that turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Though in high doses can cause headaches or irritate the stomach and skin.
Peppermint – Another herb that can be used as a tea, peppermint is used to soothe a sore throat and coughing caused by a cold.
Lavender – Lavender is a versatile aromatic herb that can be used as a sleep aid when combined with chamomile or simply sprinkle the flowers on your bed. It can also help with headaches.
Ginseng – This root is usually dried to be used as a powder, but can also be drunk as tea. It’s often used in Chinese medicine to boost your immunity, energy levels, and brain function.
These common herbs can elevate your lifestyle, however, should not be used to treat serious conditions.
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