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Herbal Medicines, Essential Oils and Flower Essences
Plants are most likely the first medicines humans used and use in healing. Even after the advent and advancement in modern pharmaceuticals, herbal medicines continue to be used frequently in the treatment of various ailments. References to their use are recorded in numerous textbooks, including ancient texts.
Modern research has confirmed the use of many herbs, including: cinnamon, for blood sugar regulation; turmeric, for inflammation; lemon balm, for agitation and nerves; cranberry, for bladder infections; black cohosh and chaste tree berry, for menopausal symptoms; ashwagandha, ginseng, and rhodiola, for energy problems; marihuana, for pain, seizures and inflammation; valerian, for anxiety and insomnia; and many others. Many herbal preparations have been researched and integrated into current medical practices, from the Chinese and Ayurvedic, Indian, tradition.
However, herbs can have toxic effects, sometimes acutely and at times from long-term use. Aristolochia (snakeroot) can cause kidney failure and cancer; Echinacea, Comfrey and Kava-kava can affect the liver, with potential failure; lobelia, used for asthma, can cause palpitations, low blood pressure, dizziness, tremor, and diarrhea; Scullcap, used for headaches, can affect liver function; yohimbine, used
an sexual supplement, can affect blood pressure, cause heart arrythmias, cause respiratory depression and heart attacks; one needs to know how these substances work, their indications, contraindications and potential toxic effects before using to any significant extent.