Most of us understand where herbs originate from. But many of us may not completely understand how long mankind has actually been using them for herbal treatments. Several ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians and the Chinese, documented their use of herbs for medicinal purposes. And for many centuries this knowledge was passed on from generation to generation.
In fact, there are European medical journals dated from the 16th and 17th century that also list the use of herbs for medicine. There are even cave drawings depicting man using herbs for various treatments, long before these any of these ancient civilizations existed! These ancient civilizations learned what worked and what didn’t by actually using these herbs for various ailments and observing the effects on the human body. They made it so easy for us to learn what had worked for thousands of years will also work for us today. Why shouldn’t we try it?
Even in modern times, herbs are being used in medical practices throughout the world. In the Britain patent medical system we see herbal medicine and in the Chinese medical system, herbs are heavily relied upon. And, in the rest of the world science uses knowledge of medicinal herbs to create “new” medicine.
Do you know what Willow Bark is?
Well, yes of course, it is bark, and yes, it is from a tree. But, did you know that thousands of years ago, men and women were instructed to go chew on some Willow Bark to decrease pain and inflammation? And, it worked! In fact, it is said that Hippocrates, used Willow Bark to treat his rheumatic pain! So, a group of scientist got together, and said, “Hey, why reinvent the wheel, when we have the solution right here?” And, you guessed it; they developed what we call today, aspirin, where Willow Bark plays a starring role.
But unfortunately, a lot of the extra “stuff” that they put in the aspirin causes side-effects, like stomach erosion and secondary arthritis, and we know that these side effects do not come from Willow Bark.
So at this point you are probably saying, “I get it, Willow Bark can help ease my pain just like aspirin does. But I’m not really fond of the idea of chewing on a piece of bark.”
Well, neither am I. So fortunately we have options when it comes to consuming Willow Bark! Willow Bark is actual fairly easy to find in many homeopathic medicines at your local health and nutrition store. It is also found in several forms, such as, tablets, capsules, and infused in teas. Of course, Willow Bark is only one option available when trying to beat the pain and many times it is best to consult with a naturopathic physician, to ensure you are on the right track.
Here, at Herbal Solutions we have herbal formulas that can help you combat the pain as well. Let us know how we can help you with your selection, give us a call or leave a comment and I will be sure to reply!