Many of the thousands of plant species growing throughout the world have medicinal uses, containing active constituents that have a direct action on the body. They are used in both natural and conventional medicine and offer benefits that pharmaceutical drugs often lack, helping to combat illness and support the body’s efforts to regain good health.
The human body is much better suited to treatment with natural remedies than with isolated chemical medicines. We have evolved side-by-side with plants over tens of thousands of years and our digestive system and physiology as a whole are geared to digesting and utilizing plant based foods, which often have a medicinal value as well as providing sustenance.
The dividing line between “foods” and “medicines” may not always be clear.
Are lemons, papayas, onions and oats foods or medicines? The answer, very simply, is that they are both.
- Lemon improves resistance to infection
- Papaya is taken in some parts of the world to expel worms
- Onion relieves bronchial infection
- Oats support convalescence
Indeed, natural remedies comes into its own when the distinction between foods and medicines are removed. Though we might eat a bowl of porridge, oblivious to the medicinal benefits, it will, nonetheless, increase stamina, help the nervous system to function correctly, provide a good supply of B vitamins and maintain regular bowel function.
Improving the quality of the diet is often an essential starting point in sustaining or regaining good health. The saying “You are what you eat” is, by and large, true. Natural remedies not only provide nutrients, but also strengthens and supports the action of the digestive system, speeding up the rate of processing food and improving the absorption of nutrients.
From the earliest times herbs have been prized for their healing properties. Today we still rely on the curative properties of plants in about 75% of our allopathic medicines. Many of the thousands of plant species growing throughout the world have medicinal uses, containing active constituents that have a direct action on the body. Despite the dramatic advances and advantages of conventional medicine, it is clear that natural remedies has much to offer. We tend to forget that in all but the last fifty years or so, humans have relied almost entirely on plants to treat all manner of illnesses, from minor problems such as coughs and colds to life-threatening diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria. Today, natural remedies are coming back into prominence and often complements conventional treatments, providing safe, well-tolerated remedies for chronic illnesses.
“Natural” isn’t a synonym for “Safe”!
A plant is not a “magic bullet” with a single action, but a complex natural medicine composed of many active constituents that work on different body systems. By combining scientific research into active constituents with clinical observation and traditional knowledge of the whole plant, we have developed a rounded picture of each plant’s range of medicinal uses.
Most commonly used plants are extremely safe to use, but some plants can produce side-effects and, like all medicines, plantal remedies must be treated with respect. Keep in mind that “natural” isn’t a synonym for “safe”. It is essential to take or use certain plants only under the guidance of a well-trained practitioner to avoid adverse consequences. When plant medicine is used correctly, however, the chances of developing a serious side-effect are remote.
PhytoSun plant remedies
PhytoSun, in conjunction with their nutriceutical division – Greenwood Laboratories, have developed a range of plant formulas that are 100% natural, safe and effective. In addition to plant complexes we also have a range of mother tinctures, some of which are organically grown.