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What Conditions Is Herbal Medicine Used For?

Herbal medicine has been used to treat or alleviate virtually every possible medical condition. Here is a brief overview of some of the many safe and effective herbal remedies and the conditions for which they are used:

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  • Aloe - used topically for minor burns, sunburns, skin irritation or inflammation
  • Arnica - used topically for bruises, sprains, sore muscles and joints
  • Chamomile tea - for upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion and colic
  • Comfrey, in a topical poultice only, for bedsores, diabetic ulcers, certain spider bites and staph infections contracted on tropical beaches
  • Dong Quai for women and Ginseng for men and women - to improve general health and stamina - in this application, these are known as tonics.
  • Echinacea - for colds, flu, sore throat
  • Garlic - to possibly reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, treat fungal infections and colds
  • Ginger - for nausea and motion sickness and as an antiinflammatory
  •  Passionflower - for non-sedating relaxation
  •  Peppermint tea - for indigestion, nausea and other digestive problems
  • Peppermint oil (in enteric-coated capsules) - for irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic intestinal ailments
  • Tea tree oil - applied topically for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails
  • Turmeric - to combat inflammation and protect against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Valerian - for sleeping problems.

 


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