Systematic treatment with herbal cures, at least in Europe, began when the Greek physician Dioscorides, who lived in the first century AD, wrote an encyclopedia – De Materia Medica (The Medicinal Substances). This encyclopedia has been a major pharmacological manual in the next 1600 years. By the beginning of the 21st century, with the globalization and internet expansion, we got familiar with various herbs from remote areas all-round the world and healthyfoodmind.com picked out nine that can cure almost all our diseases.
Herbal Cures for Almost Everything
1. Golden root (Rhodiola rosea)
This plant grows naturally in northern Asia, and its root is used for medical purposes. There are multiple benefits, by using this plant, such as increased endurance, fitness, improves mental clarity and concentration, immune system and sexual function. It has more than 2000 years long history of usage for medicinal purposes. Chinese emperors sent expeditions to the mountains in order to obtain Golden root for the needs of the royal palace.
In the late 1980s the demand for Golden root increased significantly. There was an excessive harvest of wild plant roots, and the quality and effectiveness of its preparations began to decline.
2. Goji berries (Lycium barbarum)
Used by the herbalists of China, Tibet and India for thousands of years. It is believed that Goji berries prolong life and improve health. They are rich in antioxidants, enhance the immune system and blood circulation and protect the liver. Goji berries are low in calories, fat-free and are packed with fiber — which also helps you manage weight and go the bathroom on a regular basis. In traditional Chinese medicine, the berries are eaten raw, brewed in tea or its liquid extract was used in many other ways.
3. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Active substance in the plant have a calming effect and helps with insomnia, restlessness and anxiety. Patients who take root extract of the plant fall asleep easier, wake up less often during the night and in the morning do not feel tired and dazed. Valerian relieves symptoms of stress, irritability, nervousness and excessive mental activity. Valerian tea has been successfully used for all nerve diseases.
4. Passion flower (Passiflora)
The entire above-ground portion of the plant during flowering, is used for medical purposes. It helps with insomnia, excessive intellectual work, neurasthenia and other nervous disorders and successfully helps the alcoholism treatment as an excellent soother. Besides insomnia, Passion flower affects the hyper arousal, mental worries, and resentment. Passion flower improves circulation, regulates high blood pressure caused by psychogenic factors and relieves the symptoms of PMS and menopausal problems because it relieves cramps and spasms of smooth muscles.
5. Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Grows in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. It is still used in Greece for massage against rheumatic pain. Nettle affects the metabolism in the body, stimulates the secretion of digestive juices and burns the fat. It contains a lot of chlorophyll, minerals (calcium, potassium, iron and phosphorus) and vitamins (A and C). Flavonoids it contains have a very positive effect on our body, root extract is used to prevent hair loss, and the amount of iron has a positive effect on the formation of red blood cells. It has also a very positive effect on the prostate.
6. Kava kava (Piper methysticum)
This plant is increasingly attracting attention because of its good anxiolytic effect. It is referred to as a super-plant because it could possibly replace benzodiazepines. Specifically, while benzodiazepines can cause addiction, lead to a disturbance of the memory and worsen depression, kava-kava relieves anxiety, improves mood and cognitive function, without a development of an addiction. Back in 1884, a researcher on the island of Fiji called Levin noted that kava-kava “clears the mind and sharpens mental power.” The root of the plant kava-kava has been used for thousands of years in the Pacific islands to prepare a beverage with traditional religious ritual that soothes and relaxes.
7. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum)
Cinnamon is a well known spice that improves the taste of the food, but that’s not all. Studies have shown that cinnamon has similar properties as insulin, thus helping to regulate and stabilize blood sugar. It was found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. According to Ayurvedic traditions, cinnamon is also used to improve digestion and circulation, and for relief of cold symptoms. It also used to treat vomiting, diarrhea, infections, loss of appetite an much more. This spices has been consumed and highly praised since 2000 BC in ancient Egypt.
8. Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
This plant is especially useful for women’s issues. Agnus-castus does not contain hormones, but its action is based on the reduction of prolactin secretion by dopaminergic neurons, which strikes a balance of progesterone and estrogen in the menstrual cycle – by reducing estrogen, FSH and prolactin levels, and increases progesterone levels. In other words, it helps with PMS, menstrual cycles, and some even believe that cures infertility in women.
9. Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)
This a plant that comes from the South African desert. Its root used by many people to alleviate problems with bones and joints. In the 19th century colonialists brought it to Europe, where it became a popular remedy for arthritis. The study of its active ingredient showed the presence of a substance – harpagozid that reduces inflammation in the joints in a way that encourages the elimination of toxins accumulated around the joints. Unlike antirheumatic drugs that are often used in the treatment of arthritis and osteoarthritis to reduce pain, but can also damage the cartilage and cause bowel irritation and bleeding, devil’s claw protects cartilage, lubricates joints and also reduces pain and increases joint mobility without any side effects. Regular application of Devil’s claw reduces the need for painkillers.
Note: As is the case with all the preparations that are used for medical purposes, herbal cures also should be used very carefully, with expert advice and, of course, to a reasonable extent. In addition, please note that for some diseases there is no cure so far.