Herbs for Health Problems
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For many years herbs have been used to treat an abundance of health problems. The indigenous peoples of every continent have been using various herbs for hundreds upon hundred of years, but in the past few decades there has been a resurgence in the use of herbs as alternative to pharmaceutical drug use for a wide variety of maladies.
Some of the most popular herbs that are used for their medicinal qualities are Kava-Kava, Echinacea and St. John’s Wort. All of these herbs are highly values for their extremely effective medicinal uses, and are available in their raw form as well as standardized extracts in health food stores around the world.
Kava-Kava is an herb that is used as a remedy for stress, nervousness and anxiety (it has also been occasionally used to treat insomnia). Kava has the capacity to relax muscles and to still the anxious mind. As far as herbs go, it is one of the best in the area of anti-anxiety, and clinical studies have proven Kava to be extremely effective in acting as an anti-anxiety medicinal herb for many individuals. It is important to note that Kava should not be taken in combination with alcohol or any other psychoactive drugs. Like with any other medication, herbal or otherwise, you should always consult a doctor before beginning any type.
Echinacea is another very useful medicinal herb. Echinacea is an herb that can be used to treat colds, cough, sore throat and some types of infection. Many people also believe that Echinacea can act as an “immune system booster” that can help people fight off infection. Although this fact has not been proven, Echinacea is still a very useful herb.
St. John's Wort is another extremely useful herb that has gained a lot of mainstream popularity. It has been used to treat depression and anxiety with a great level of success. St. John's Wort is not a quick fix, however, and usually must be taken for three to four weeks before a difference in outlook will be noted. Furthermore, it is best to avoid the sun while taking St. John's Wort as people taking St. John's Wort will sun burn easily.