What are the most effective treatments and natural remedies? We explore Nature’s pharmacies to prevent and treat the most common ailments.
Let’s see ways to achieve psycho-physical well-being and solve different problems in today’s life by relying on natural remedies.
From the cold to hoarseness, through the various natural therapies, we see the most valid alternatives to drugs to treat various disorders and minor diseases such as sore throats, coughs and colds.
What are natural remedies?
Natural remedies – which also include grandmother’s traditional remedies – are preparations developed for medicinal purposes from natural products.
By definition, they are different from the products marketed by pharmaceutical companies, such as capsules, tablets and granules.
These preparations have always been used in folk medicine, before synthetic drugs were available to everyone and at a low price. They can be based on the active ingredients of a single plant, or of several plants, as well as being a combination of different parts (roots, bark, branches, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, juice, essential oil).
What are the benefits and indications
Natural remedies are cheap and easy to prepare, because they are made with ingredients available to everyone, based on knowledge handed down over time.
Several books talk about medicinal plants used in the pharmacopoeia of various countries, and their properties, indications, administration, possible associations, and contraindications, as well as side effects and precautions for use.
These are natural treatments at affordable prices, because almost all medicinal plants used in phytotherapy grow spontaneously in our regions. For example, lemon and mint are two natural remedies for different diseases, and they are found everywhere.
In addition, unlike some medicines, natural remedies are non-toxic or very non-toxic. Therefore, the risk of side effects is low.
These effects are usually mild and occur mainly in case of overdose.
Grandmother’s remedies can be used to treat a great many ailments thanks to their actions against them:
- pain (analgesic effect)
- fever (febrifuge effect)
- digestive disorders (antispasmodic, digestive, depurative effect)
- sleep disorders (sedative effect)
- urinary problems (diuretic effect)
- liver disorders (cholagogue effect)
- blood circulation disorders (venous tonic effect)
- heart problems (cardiac tonic effect)
- respiratory diseases (expectorant effect)
- obesity, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases (hypotensive effect, lowering of cholesterol)
- menstrual cycle disorders (haemenagogue effect)
Contraindications and precautions
Essential oils are among the remedies that have major contraindications, because they are very powerful. With a few exceptions (including Roman chamomile and ylang-ylang), it is good not to administer them during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and to children.
Find out everything you are interested in about essential oils in the category of the same name.
Taken in the form of herbal teas, decoctions, ointments, macerates and other, natural preparations have contraindications that vary depending on the plants, as well as the age and health of the patient and his ongoing treatments.
Some remedies, combined with another or with drugs, have side effects due to the interaction between the two. Some plants should therefore be avoided if you are taking medication for a chronic problem. For example, the pressure pill will have effects in combination with the active ingredients of some plants.
Allergic reactions can also occur, especially with essential oils. Before ingestion or application of a remedy, it is recommended to place a small amount and wait 24-48 hours before the second application, to observe the reaction.
Always follow the dosage indicated by the herbalist, naturopath or homeopathic doctor, and consult a doctor if the symptoms persist.
Do not use the remedies to treat serious or chronic illnesses, leaving scientific medicine out. You may use these remedies to alleviate certain symptoms of these diseases, along with traditional treatments.
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