Herbal therapies are astoundingly popular among and their interest is
growing as the dangers of pharmaceuticals become widely known and
accepted. In 2008 statistician Patricia M. Barnes of the National Center
for Health Statistics and her colleagues reported that almost 20
percent of children and adults in the U.S. had used an herbal medicine
during the past year. That percentage according to some experts has
doubled. A team led by physician David M. Eisenberg of Harvard Medical
School determined that use of herbs for physical and mental problems
including anxiety had risen 380 percent in seven years.
The use of plants as treatments dates to at least 3000 b.c.
although some theories propose humans have been using plants has
medicine for as long as we’ve existed. Today this practice is part of a
broader movement that has been fueled by the high ineffectiveness of
prescription drugs, their side effects and the fact that these drugs do
not work for everyone. Natural remedies come with little to no risk and
if you find the right one for your condition, you can use it for life.
That being said, always consult with a Naturopathic Doctor before
initiating any herbal treatments for diagnosed conditions, especially if
you are already taking medication.
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