For a long time, many people relied on traditional medicine to help them. But, the Chinese have been using herbs to help cure ailments and diseases for thousands of years. Recently, more and more people in the Western world are taking herbal supplements to help improve and maintain their health.
What exactly are herbal supplements? They are any form of treatment taken from an herb. Some herbal supplements come in the form of herbal tea. Herbal tea can help any disorder from preventing the onset of a cold to helping your bowel movement. Some people simply like drinking hot herbal teas because of their taste. Herbal teas can also be relaxing and help you unwind after long day. Popular types of herbal teas include chamomile, dandelion, elderflower, and mint. Many people also like green tea. It is used to improve mental alertness, lower cholesterol, and help in losing weight.
Most people today take herbal supplements in the form of tablets. One type of herbal supplement that is popular is ginkgo. It is thought to improve your memory and perhaps even treat Alzheimer's disease. People who suffer from frequent urinary tract infections may find that taking cranberry herbal supplements will help relieve their symptoms. Garlic pills are used by people to help lower their cholesterol, prevent heart disease, and lower high blood pressure. It may also be helpful in preventing certain types of cancer. Traditionally, St. John's Wort was used to treat malaria as well as wounds and burns. But now, people like to take the herbal supplement St. John's Wort to help cure depressions, anxiety, and insomnia. If you have eczema, you may want to ask your doctor about evening primrose oil. It has been used for years to treat itchy and scaly skin. It has also been used to treat illnesses that cause inflammation, cancer, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, and diabetes.
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