Indeed, herbs are the certified nature’s pharmacy and the use of it has been used for many, many years dating back from the ancient times until now. Though new innovations have been made in the study of medicine and many synthetic drugs have been patented these days, the use of herbs still remains negligible and is still the best and the thriftiest treatment ever discovered by mankind.
In the following list, you will know the top 8 all-time favorite multipurpose herbs whose effectiveness have been widely proven and tested. If we are going to rank all the medicinal herbs, these herbs are the eight most special and the most versatile when it comes to performance as a healing agent. And they are the following:
Ginkgo biloba – This herb which is derived from the world’s oldest living species of tree is also hailed as the most important plant-based medicine available. This is also one of the most popular botanical medicine in Europe, America, China and other parts if Asia. Medical practitioners have been using this ancient tree as a treatment to various diseases and every year, new discoveries have been made about the supernatural healing powers of ginkgo biloba.
Ginkgo has been heralded as an effective cure to different mental ailments such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and many other illnesses that involves the mentality of a person. This is because ginkgo facilitates better blood flow throughout the body especially in the brain. As a result, it protects and enhances the memory and mental function of a person.
Being beneficial in the circulatory system, ginkgo can also stabilize an irregular heart rhythm, can help men to sustain erections and can also alleviate the pain and numbness due to intermittent claudication, a circulatory dysfunction in the legs.
In addition to that, this wonder herb is proven effective in curing cataracts, retinopathy, macular degeneration, tinnitus, nausea, asthma, headaches, premenstrual syndrome, depression and is also a good source of beneficial antioxidants.
Ginseng – The earliest written description about the magic of ginseng dates back during the Han dynasty probably before A.D. 100. According to the description, ginseng is recommended for “repairing the five viscera, quietening the spirit, curbing the emotion, stopping agitation, removing noxious influence, brightening the eyes, enlightening the mind, and increasing the wisdom.” Though European science cannot directly explain why the Chinese people love this herb so much, there are many evidences for such claims made by the Eastern people.
Ginseng is a very well-known “adaptogen” whose function is to help the body adapt to physiological stress. The ginseng’s root displays a rare ability to restore body equilibrium either by “stimulating or dampening certain biochemical processes that are thrown out of synch by a variety of stressors.” This is because ginseng is a sedative at low doses and a stimulant at high doses. Various ginsenosides present in ginseng has sedative effects and can lower blood pressure.
Aside from that, it also displays anticonvulsant and analgesic properties. On the other hand, at high doses, ginseng becomes a stimulant that can accelerate the learning ability. Studies tell that ginseng can improve people’s reaction to both visual and auditory cues and can increase hand-eye coordination.
Cat’s Claw – Cat’s claw is probably the most difficult herb to find in the list because it can only be found in the very remote exotic rain-forests. Though the gathering of this herb is challenging but the benefits you can get from it is very rewarding. Why? Because cat’s claw registers tremendous number of health benefits that even the famous Dr. Robert Atkins admitted that this herb is one of the complementary medicines he frequently prescribe to his patients.
This herb has been widely-used in treating arthritis, intestinal problems and other digestive disorders. Its bark is also used as a contraceptive and is sometimes used as a treatment to gonorrhea. Moreover, this plant is used to alleviate the pain of rheumatism,reduce various inflammations in the body and treat certain skin diseases.
This is usually used as a tonic for its “life-giving properties.” In USA, it is intensively promoted as a treatment to different illnesses like hemorrhoids, gastritis, colitis, ulcers, cancers and sometimes AIDS. This exotic herb is also proven effective in boosting the immune system, combatting certain viruses, slowing the heart rate and also effective in lowering the body’s blood pressure and cholesterol level.
Aloe Vera – “The Plant of Immortality” this was the honor given by the early Egyptians to this plant called Aloe Vera. But it is not only the Egyptians who noticed its healing abilities but also the Greeks specifically this ancient physician Dioscorides who wrote of its healing properties.
Aside from being useful for keeping the hair healthy, the mucilage of aloe vera has been vastly used to speed up the healing of minor burns, cuts, scrapes and is also used to soothe sunburn, cellulites, minor electrical shocks and frostbites. In the latest studies, aloe is also good in combatting against immune weakness, viral infections and cancers and could be helpful for people infected with HIV. Other studies also claim that oral supplements of aloe is effective in eliminating intestinal toxins, making it included in ulcer therapy.
Some scholarly studies also revealed that it can also be used to treat asthma and diabetes melittus. However, when using aloe, everyone must be careful and must seek guidance to the professional medical practitioners for the irresponsible use of this herb can trigger bloody diarrhea, kidney damage and may sometimes result to death.
Garlic – This antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial pungent bulb is probably one of the most best-studied and best-documented plants in the world. Medicinal use of garlic has been greatly prescribed by the great ancient medical giants like Hippocrates who prescribed it for leprosy, toothache and chest pain and Galen who considered it a cure-all readily accessible to everyone.
Garlic is very rich in allicin that’s why it can skyrocket someone’s immune system thus, making someone less prone to infections. It also lowers the blood sugar level and is an effective agent that can increase the body’s metabolism that will promote weight loss. Aside from those, garlic protects the heart and can cut back the risk of heart disease. As Dr. Robert Atkins suggested, big doses of garlic can make a person less susceptible to various forms of cancer. Garlic also can be your all-in-one beautician for this is proven to treat acnes, pimples, blackheads, stretch marks, unhealthy nails and can make your hair shinier. Garlic also contains antioxidants that will surely make you look younger.
Licorice – This herb before it became part of the candy industry was first considered to be part of the medical industry by the native Amerindians, Chinese medical practitioners and the ancient Greeks. In Europe, it is widely used as a treatment to sore throats, coughs, colds and other respiratory infections as this seems to stop bacterial and viral growth probably because licorice triggers the production of interferon, a protein produced by virus-infected cells that hinders the multiplication of the virus.
Licorice is also regarded as an herb capable for treating ulcers as it prevents the secretion of gastric acid thus, allowing the ulcers to heal more quickly as this will lead to higher levels of prostaglandins in the stomach and upper intestine.
In Japan, licorice is heralded as a cure to hepatitis B and also for Hepatitis C. Researchers also discovered that licorice protects the liver from being damaged due to chemotherapy. When taken in low doses, licorice can result to low serum cholesterol levels which is actually good for the body. Moreover, licorice is also good for people having Addison’s disease, malaria, immune suppression, tumors, low estrogen level, excess oil secretion of the scalp and skin inflammations.
Ginger – Ginger probably originates in China and Southeast Asia but its medical benefits have been known in a global scale. This rhizome is considered good for digestion and is also good against congestion. But the most popular characteristic of ginger is its ability to prevent motion sickness.
For centuries, ginger have been used by Chinese fisherman to stave off seasickness and science had verified this truth. At the same time, it is also used for nausea and vomiting. In addition to that, this rhizome is also effective in treating flatulence, reducing pain and fever, suppressing coughs and can also lower cholesterol, strengthen heart’s performance, treat rheumatoid arthritis and can skyrocket the immune system.
Turmeric – This herb is not only used as a curry powder but also as a treatment to various illnesses. The active compound contained in turmeric called curcumin can hamper the cell-damaging ability of free radical molecules. It is also used to reduce the cigarette smoke’s cancerous threat and can also help improve the treatment of skin diseases, can ease inflamed tissues, can alleviate inflammatory ailments like arthritis, can also aid irritable bowel syndrome and asthma.
Moreover, ginger also improves digestion by stimulating bile secretion in the liver. The ginger extract can also effectively improve sugar metabolism, control cholesterol level and deter blood clotting. It also displays properties that can reverse precancerous mouth lesions by promoting antioxidant activity in the hethy cells. Recent studies also suggested the fact that the enzymes present in ginger can inhibit Human Immunodeficiency Virus as shown in the laboratory thus, giving HIV patients a new spark of delight and hope.
Although these ancient herbs have been studied for many centuries but the knowledge we know from them is still lacking. What we know from them is only partial and we need to further study them for the glory of medicine. As time passes by, medical discoveries and investigations have been conducted to further utilize the healing wonders of such herbs that will one day replace the use of synthetic drugs. Indeed, nature offers the best medicine.