All around the world people are searching for solutions to a wide range of ailments from the common cold and flu, to the inability to sleep, infections and more.
While it seems there is a prevalence to pick up that paracetamol, cold and flu tablets, antibiotics or other drug, some are choosing to resort to alternative solutions like natural remedies.
What is herbalism?
Herbalism is the use pf plants for medicinal purposes in order to offer individuals relief from a number of illnesses. Herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years, with countries from around the world discovering their own remedies, some of which are still used today.
Utilising a range of natural ingredients, such as Echinacea, garlic, ginger, ginseng, and dong guai, herbalists and naturopaths look to assist those suffering from symptoms related to common and more serious medical conditions such as skin problems, high blood pressure, arthritis and anxiety.
Why people are using natural solutions over prescription drugs?
President of the Australian Complementary Medicine Association, Will Shannon, explains there are a number of reasons an individual choose to use natural solutions.
“It might be that they have tried Western medicine and it hasn’t worked, or it might be that they want to try natural medicine first or even in conjunction with Western medicine,” says Shannon.
While there is no arguing modern medicine has been effective in treating a wide range of illnesses for many individuals, they do however have some side effects. Manufactured in a lab using synthetic chemicals, some drugs that are available for use have a long list of possible side effects attributed to them. Every situation is different of course and for some, the possible side effects are worth the potential relief or health benefits occurring after use.
In a world where people are becoming more and more aware of what is going into their bodies, taking on diets and purchasing health supplements, it makes sense that some people choose to look into natural alternatives when it comes to treating ailments.
“Naturopathy is a very natural approach to medicine and is becoming increasingly popular across the world.
“It’s all about trying to treat a human being holistically.”
Still a need for Western medicine
While many individuals are utilising natural remedies, there is still a need for the modern solutions offered by Western medicine, from surgical procedures to drugs that can be used in conjunction with natural aids. With advancements being made regularly in terms of medicine and the procedures surgeons and other medical staff can perform, it’s clear modern medicine remains to have a significant role in treating individuals and improving health.
Finding a solution for you
Deciding on the right treatment for your condition is all a matter of being properly informed in order to an option that seems to fit your personal preferences and situation more. Getting information from your GP and other medical practitioners, as well as details from a naturopath, may help you to choose an option that is right for your body.
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