The Uses of Some Herbal Medicines

Presently, there are numerous herbal medicines that have been manufactured to take the forms of capsules, syrups o tablets. But nonetheless, the functions of the herbal medicines are preserved and may even be better in its natural form. Here are some of the common herbal medicines.

One of the famous herbal medicines is St. John’s Wort. St. John’s Wort is also known as Goatween. It contains hypericin, flavonoids, tannin, pigment and resin. St. John’s Wort acts as antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent and expectorant.

English: Jamu is traditional herbal medicine f...

English: Jamu is traditional herbal medicine from Indonesia and Malaysia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The leaves of this herbal medicine are used as and astringent and applied on burns and bites for quick relief. The extract from the leaves of St. John’s Wort is also very effective against bacterial infections like staphylococcus. It is the herbal medicine of choice for flu, asthma, insect bites and burns.

St. John’s Wort also has a mild antidepressant effect that is why it is also called natural prozac. St. John’s Wort however, is not effective against chronic depression. St. John’s Wort is also contraindicated for psychiatric patients taking Mono Amine Oxidase (MAO) drugs like Elavil.

Another herbal medicine is parsley. Parsley is rich in Vitamins A and C and is a good source of iron, manganese and calcium. Parsley tea is a potent diuretic and remedies bladder problems better compared to other herbal medicines. Parsley is also indicated for iron deficiency anemia due to its high iron content. Parsley, together with other herbal medicines, is used as a good antispasmodic for bowel problems like flatulence.

Peppermint, also known as brandy mint is a herbal medicine that relieves nausea. Peppermint is also a mild antispasmodic used to relieve stomach cramps. Peppermint oil increases blood circulation on the site applied and is used as a good antibacterial for many skin diseases. Peppermint oils are frequently used in massage parlors. However, users are cautioned on the use of the oil among infants.

Red raspberry or simply raspberry contains citric acid and tannins. It is used as anti-emetic (anti vomiting), astringent and laxative.

Red raspberry is an herbal medicine that is common to almost everybody. Raspberries are used as flavor to cough syrups but aside from that, the leaves of raspberries are made as tea and used to treat diarrhea. It is also very effective against morning sickness during pregnancy. Fresh raspberries also act as a mild laxative.

Remember that herbal medicines, if taken excessively, can also cause adverse effects in our bodies so moderation in the use of these herbal medicines is encouraged.

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