My grandmother has completed 70 years of her life and I’ve never seen her visiting an allopathic doctor or taking the allopathic medicine. Whether it’s her digestion problem or the joint pain, she relies completely on the herbal medication for all her ailments. On asking her about this, she says that nothing is more effective than nature. Natural remedies or herbal medication ends up an ailment from the roots without causing any side-effect. Their effects last forever.
When I was very young, I’ve seen her getting the herbs (in their original forms, what we call as the ‘jadi-butis’) and preparing the medication on her own to treat her ailment. But, due to the age and inability to move much, she now prefer taking herbal medications like ‘Jod Rakshak’ for Joint Pain and Sugar Rakshak for grandfather’s diabetes.
There are many such people who prefer taking ayurvedic or herbal treatment to treat their disorders. It might surprise you that in some remote parts of the world, majority of people have herbs as the only treatment available for treating various disorders.
So, what is the reason that people are so influenced or addicted to herbalism? Have a look at the advantages of ayurvedic or herbal medication.
Advantages of Herbalism
There are a number advantages associated with using herbal medicines as opposed to chemical-based products.
- Reduced risk of side effects: Most herbal medicines are easily tolerated by the patients with less unwanted consequences than other pharmaceutical drugs. This means that herbal medicines typically have fewer side effects than modern medicine and as such are safer to use over time.
- Effective: Herbal medicines have proved to be more effective for long-standing health complaints like arthritis, diabetes, which doesn't respond well to modern chemical based medicines. For instance, the herbs like ashwagandha, shilajit and shudh guggal are very effective in treating arthritis. Whereas those steroid based pharmaceutical drugs proves to be very harmful for the arthritis patients that can cause kidney and liver problems in future. With a little precaution and Abstinence from certain foods and routine habits, herbal medicines can act as a Panacea for people.
- Lower cost: Another advantage to herbal medicine is their low cost. Herbs cost much less than prescription medications. Herbs tend to be inexpensive compared to drugs.
- Widespread availability: Yet another advantage of herbalism is the availability. Herbs can be obtained without a prescription. You can grow some simple herbs, such as peppermint, mint and chamomile at home.
The bottom line is that herbs are entirely natural and very effective in their purest form. They have many benefits over those chemical-based pharmaceutical products. Visiting and consulting a herbal physician for the correct diagnosis and for the proper herb and dosage may be the best possible way for those who wish to safe and effective therapies.