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Important Aspects of Using Ancient Healing Techniques IV

It is important to research more than one herbal tradition when looking into the use of herbal treatments , no two cultures approach natural medicine in the same manner. In this article, we will learn the importance of researching herbal remedies, as well as the cautions you must look out for.

Research
Don’t you want to know if medical scientists and researchers have found proven facts associated with the potency and effectiveness of certain herbs? Scientific research can provide the details needed for you to make a proper decision on whether or not to use a certain herb. Seek the results of clinical trials and studies, which can deliver concrete answers to some of the questions you may have. This is also a great way to learn if a particular herb is connected to harmful side effects.

For example, the bioflavonoids found in hawthorn (with uses that date back to the Middle Ages), have been researched quite a bit. The main reason hawthorn has been able to treat medical problems is due to the amount of bioflavonoids that the berries and flowering tops contain. It is these properties that help people relax, enjoy dilated arteries, and increased blood flow to the heart muscles. A handful of trials have also been conducted on the correlation between hawthorn and lowered blood pressure and improved heartbeat rate. Other research concerning herbs and plants include:

·    Clinical research in India during the 1980s on the bark of the varuna tree and its effects on the bladder and kidney stones.

·    Lab experiments conducted on codonopsis (also known as dang shen in China) showed that the herb can increase levels of red blood cells, as well as lower blood pressure.

·    Studies were conducted in Germany (1967) and in Japan (1986) regarding the potential antibiotic support that the fresh root of burdock could create.

Cautions
Not all plants are meant for medical use for all people. Learn about all of the cautions attached to an herb and the entire plant in general. If someone suggested you use hemlock to treat an ailment, you would never have known that it was a poison if you didn’t research the cautions.

Some herbs can only be taken in small amounts. Others cannot be mixed with other medicine. People with certain pre-existing health conditions, such as heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, and liver damage cannot take herbal remedies at all. Women who are pregnant must also stay away from the majority of medicinal herbs. It also helps to know if the herb of your choice is legal to use in your country , a red flag to signify further research and knowledge is needed before you take.

A couple of cautions in the herbal world include:

·    Ephedra (known as ma huang in Chinese) should not be taken by people suffering from glaucoma, high blood pressure, angina, enlarged prostate gland, or an overactive thyroid. The herb is restricted in some countries.

·    Siberian Ginseng should not be taken for more than six weeks at a time. When taking the herb, you should leave the caffeine alone and make sure that you do not exceed the recommended dose.

·    The essential oil of Lemon Balm should not be taken as an internal remedy.