Herbs, sometimes referred to as medicinal herbs, botanicals or phytomedicines, have been applied as medicinal agents for centuries. Science is now substantiating that there is a lot of wisdom in many of these folk remedies and Eastern therapies.
The leaves, stems, roots, bark, buds, flowers and seeds of some of these plants contain nature's pharmacy of chemicals and compounds that can enhance your well-being and remedy a range of ailments. In fact, many conventional drugs contain extracts from herbs, and scientists' quest for new synthetic cures and therapies often begins in the realm of Mother Nature.
A word of caution: Just because herbs are natural doesn't mean they can't be toxic in high concentrations. Although plenty of anecdotal evidence exists, many herbs have not been subjected to scientific study. You should be aware that these substances are not regulated or subjected to strict control standards.
Some may also have adverse reactions when combined with other herbs or traditional medicines. Children, pregnant and lactating women and the chronically ill should be particularly cautious of ingesting these botanicals. In fact, everyone should consult a doctor, nutritionalist or holistic practitioner before taking any herbal preparations and to determine safe and effective doses.
Here's an outline of some of the medicinal herbs that may be effective for various health conditions: