No risk-taking and no hazards can be encouraged, but general competence that takes into view the individual in his sets of circumstances, which may differ considerably.
Many plants and plant parts have solidly documented effects, but not all of them. They may still work well, for untested doesn't have to mean failing, by all means. There are complementary, much variegated traditonal proposals or 'recipes' handed over to be studied and tried out too.
"Alternative" therapies include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: folk medicine, herbal medicine, diet fads, homeopathy, faith healing, new age healing, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, and music therapy. A far better term is "complementary", as many of these approaches may go hand in hand with medicine. Let them work together in proper ways.
Studies suggest these therapies are sought out by individuals that have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, arthritis, cancer, back pain, and other medical conditions. [◦Link]
Try to find out how plants and plants parts intertwine (interact, work together and so on) along gross lines.
A fine lifestyle, good prevention and so on may work better than attempts at cures. In general, one had better check how far the life-style; the general conditions and/or something else need to be changed.
There is often room for self-care and self-help still. But refrain from using the list below if you need professional advice. You should let expert diagnosis and treatment come first for your own good.
Echinacea Garlic Marshmallow Myrrh Wild indigo Blue Flag Cleavers Coltsfoot Fenugreek Golden Seal Wallow Poke Root
Blue Flag Cleavers Echinacea Garlic Poke Root Wild Indigo
Cleavers Echinacea Garlic Golden Seal Marigold Poke Root Wild Indigo
Californian Poppy Chamomile Mistletoe Motherwort Pasque Flower St John's Wort Skullcap Valerian Wild Lettuce Balm Betony Cowslip Damiana Hops Hyssop Oats Passion Flower Peppermint Vervain
Calamus Centaury Condurango Gentian Mugwort Wormwood Balmony Blessed Thistle Calumba Caraway Cardamon Chamomile Galangal Golden Seal Quassia Southernwood Tansy White Poplar
Lime Hawthorn Mistletoe
Black Cohosh Bogbean Celery Seed Guaiacum Prickly Ash Wild Yam Bittersweet Daisy Juniper Meadowsweet Scots Pine Silver Birch White Poplar Wintergreen Yarrow
Elecampane Ephedra Grindelia Lobelia Pill-bearing Spurge Sundew Wild Cherry Balsam of Tolu Black Cohosh Black Haw Blood Root Blue Cohosh Butterbur Coltsfoot Mullein Pasque Flower Senega
Hawthorn Lime Blossom Mistletoe Yarrow Balm Black Haw Cramp Bark Garlic
Blue Flag Echinacea Garlic Myrrh Pasque Flower Poke Root Wild Indigo Chickweed Cleavers Coltsfoot Comfrey Fenugreek Figwort Flax Seed Greater Plantain Mallow Marshmallow
Blood Root Coltsfoot Echinacea Elecampane Garlic Grindelia Lobelia Mouse Ear Mullein Pill-bearing Spurge Pleurisy Root Senega Sundew White Horehound Angelica Aniseed Balm of Gilead Balsam of Tolu Caraway Carline Thistle Comfrey Cowslip Ephedra Fennel Fenegreek Flax Seed Greater Plantain Ground Ivy Horseradish Hyssop Iceland Moss Ipecacuanha Irish Moss Licorice Mallow Marshmallow Nasturtium Pansy Scots Pine Soapwort Squill Sweet Violet Thyme Wild Cherry
Arnica Elder Chickweed Cucumber Lady's Mantle Marigold St John's Wort
Aloe Elder Marigold Greater Plantain St John's Wort Chamomile Chickweed Comfrey Cucumber Quince Seed
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Chevallier, Andrew. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants: A Practical Reference Guide to over 550 Key Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2001.
Hoffmann, David: The Complete Illustrated Herbal: A Safe and Practial Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies. Bath: Mustard/Parragon, 1999.
Khalsa, Karta Purkh Singh, and Michael Tierra. The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: A Contemporary Introduction and Useful Manual for the World's Oldest Healing System. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2008.
Lad, Vasant. Ayurveda. The Science of Self-Healing: A Practical Guide. Reprint ed. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2009.
McIntyre, Anne. The Ayurveda Bible: The Definitive Guide to Ayurvedic Healing. London: Godsfield/Octopus, 2012.
McIntyre, Anne. The Complete Herbal Tutor: The Ideal Companion for Study and Practice. London: Gaia, 2010. ⍽▢⍽Recommended.
Ortiz, Elisabeth Lambert, ed. 1992. The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, and Flavorings. London: Dorling Kindersley.
Shealy, C. Norman. The Healing Remedies Sourcebook: Over 1,000 Natural Remedies to Prevent and Cure Common Ailments. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press Lifelong Books, 2012. ⍽▢⍽ Dr Shealy is the founder of the American Holistic Medicine Association. This comprehensive sourcebook is easy to read, understand and use. It is based on eight therapeutic backgrounds: Ayurveda, Chinese herbal medicine, traditional folk remedies, herbalism, aromatherapy, homeopathy, flower remedies, and vitamins and minerals. One finds very safe substitutes for conventional medicines in it too.
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