Herbal Supplements

herbalsA main source of medicine throughout human history, Herbs are still widely used today. This is not a throwback to the Dark Ages but an indication that herbs are a growing part of modern, high-tech medicine. There are about 120 chemical substances now used in Western medicine that derive from plants.

These herbs basically work to cleanse, heal and nourish the body by building up the body's ability to cleanse itself. In a sluggish body, the lymph glands, the body's garbage disposal unit, do not function well to push out inactive refuse.

Acting as diuretics, laxatives and blood purifiers, herbs help speed up the elimination of waste materials and toxins in the blood, lymph glands and intestines.

Herbs, fruits, and vegetables are full of nutrients to nourish the blood and the tissues. There are also toning herbs or tonics that sustain the body's resistance to debilitation, aging and the stresses of modern life.

In the U.S., many of these herbs or compounds are over the counter and self-prescribed, and are not regulated, while many regulated drugs were initially derived from plants with known medical and physical effects. Many of these compounds have been used for centuries by traditional folk practitioners for healing and are still used in numerous cultures. They have positive health effects on some users. They can also have very serious side effects, if used in combination with prescribed medications for the same conditions.