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Herbal Medicine Karissa Palmer

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What is herbal medicine? Herbal medicine can be referred to as botanical medicine or phytomedicine. Definition: Using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes.

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The History of Herbal Medicine Herbal medicine was used long before recorded history Ancient Chinese and Egyptian writings proved they used herbs in healing Herbalists in the West have used “weeds” equally long Researchers found that across many cultures they tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes ¼ of pharmaceuticals drugs are derived from botanicals

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Most Commonly Used Herbs in the U.S. Echinacea St. John’s Wort Ginkgo Saw Palmetto Ginseng Goldenseal Valerian Chamomile Feverfew Ginger Garlic Evening Primrose Milk Thistle Rosemary Lavender Sage Peppermint Dandelions Plantains

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Ginkgo Also called ginkgo biloba Used to treat circulatory disorders and enhance memory It dilates blood vessels and reduces the stickiness of blood platelets.

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St. John's Wort Also known as hypericum perforatum Well known for it’s antidepressant effects More effective for mild to moderate depression and it has fewer side effects than prescription antidepressants

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Echinacea Also known as Echinacea Purpurea Improves the body’s natural immunity Helps prevent and treat colds Can decrease the odds of getting a cold by 58%

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Herbs in many forms Teas Syrups Oils Tinctures Dry Extracts

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Why Herbal Medicine? Very effective if given in the correct way. Correctly prescribed and formulated herbal compounds generally resolve the health problem of the patient over a period of time, leaving no requirement to keep taking the preparation. It is not very expensive. They multiply readily. They are easy to grow.

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Work Cited Ehrlich, Steven D. “Herbal Medicine.” University of Maryland Medical Center. UMMC, 2 Oct. 2011. Web. 12 Mar. 2012. <http://www.umm.edu. Siegenthaler , Danny. “Alternative Medicine: Herbal Medicines are Effective.” The Gale Group. 2008. Print. 12 Mar. 2012.

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