Why Use Herbs?
Why use an herb?
Most herbalists would answer this way:
Herbs represent an additional tool for the toolbox.
Plants contain many dozens of chemical constituents. Consider the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, plus other nutrients contained in a plant. In the Herbal products, which I create, these ingredients in the plant have a synergistic relationship . Synergy. That means the entire plants chemical constituents combine to produce a greater effect than each chemical constituents has alone. Think about that for a minute. They all work better together than alone.
Our body, in its infinite wisdom, takes only what it needs from the plant and discards the rest.
Herbs produce few bad side effects, and many of them contain protective compounds that keep their potency in check.
Fact: Since Herbs are so nutritionally dense the good side effect is a well fed body!
Environmental and Ethical Concerns
Another plus for the herbal medicine is that it is environmentally sound. One person who has considered the relationship between environmental pollution and drugs is English herbalist David Hoffmann. Author of a number of herb books, Hoffmann’s major issue when he ran for Parliament in England was global ecology. He focused on what happens when you regularly take a common drug used to treat stomach ulcers and gastritis: “You become very involved in an ecological cycle that involves all of the pollution produced in the factories that prepare the drug. In the process of healing our selves with Chemically created treatment, we buy into killing fish from runoff, into environmental destruction, and we legitimize the destruction of laboratory animals. Is that healing? I suggest not.
Hoffmann also points out that the pharmaceutical industry is one of the biggest practitioners of vivisection (operating on a living animal for research purposes). The research and development of new drugs generally involves killing thousands of laboratory animals. The resulting drugs are then tested on more animals before being declared safe for humans.
“You can sip herbal tea without worrying that a rat or a guinea pig had to die to enable you to do so.”
Instead of contributing to destroying the environment, herbs bring us closer to it.
I am not a doctor. I do not diagnose and prescribe, and our services do not take the place of a physician. We do not use any surgical technique or any legend drugs, and that the substances we use are all legally sold over the counter and regulated as dietary supplements.
Rose Kalajian - Herbalist