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Aug 07

5 of the Most Powerful Medicinal Plants

echinacea - powerful medicinal plantsModern Western medicine is said to be among the best available in the world. And who could argue? Advances made in surgical procedures, trauma treatment and infectious disease control are nothing short of miraculous. But there are also some downsides to modern medicine. Medications are often used as an intervention to treat the symptoms of a problem, but do not address the cause of the issue. Many medications are so strong, that if not taken correctly they can have dangerous results. And as anyone who has taken a round of antibiotics knows, even medication that is not dangerous, can have painful or uncomfortable side effects. Long before modern medicine took hold, healers of all cultures used plants and herbs to treat ailments. Today, some people are returning to these natural remedies for a variety of uses. Read on to learn about 5 of the most powerful plants that are being used to alleviate medical problems.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a flowering perennial plant that resembles a tall pink daisy. It has been used for centuries by Native Americans to treat general illnesses such as infection and diseases like malaria and syphilis. [Source: Mercola] Today, echinacea is widely used as a preventive measure and treatment for the common cold. Echinacea tablets are available almost anywhere vitamins are sold.

Dandelion

Most people associate Dandelion with a tough-to-kill weed on their lawns. But dandelion has been used for its medicinal benefits for over a thousand years. [Source: Wikipedia] It has been used to treat liver problems, kidney disease, upset stomach and appendicitis. Modern medicine has recently been testing dandelions for cancer treating properties. After successful lab tests, the University of Windsor in Canada has begun clinical trials on humans as part of the The Dandelion Root Project. [Source: University of Windsor]

Marijuana

Medical Marijuana is now legal in 11 countries and some US States. [Source: Wikipedia] Marijuana is most commonly prescribed for chronic pain and nausea. It has also been shown to assist with seizures and muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis. Typical methods of ingestion include smoking, vaporizing, edibles, liquid extract, dermal patches and oral spray. Visit medicalmarijuanaservices.com.au/ to learn more about medical marijuana.

Ginger

Ginger root is another common plant known to treat nausea and other stomach problems. In some studies it has also been shown to help with mild pain relief. Clinical trials on osteoarthritis patients show that ginger can successfully treat inflammation. [Source: Medical News Today]  You can buy ginger in pill and liquid form at most health food stores. Drinking ginger tea is a convenient way to consume this beneficial plant.

Chamomile

Chamomile is another daisy-like plant packed with healing properties. Chamomile tea is commonly known to aid with relaxation, reducing stress and relieving insomnia. Chamomile is also popular for treating menstrual discomfort, as well as alleviating allergies and related inflammation. A surprising use for chamomile is to help control diabetes. It is said to help regulate spikes and drops in blood sugar.

While they are not a solution to a serious medical crisis, plants can be used to effectively treat and relieve a wide variety of medical problems without harsh side effects.

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