Natural Healing With Herbs

Natural healing herbs have a history of use in medicine that is almost as long as the history of the human race. Even today, over 75% of pharmaceuticals are ultimately derived from plants. In this article, we will look at how natural herb remedies can help your body heal itself by fighting infections and boosting your immune system.

Fighting Infection with Natural Healing Herbs

Many natural healing herbs have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Powdered purple coneflower root can help fight off infectious diseases either alone or in combination with the natural fever reducers yarrow or boneset. A poultice of figwort can reduce infections in boils and abscesses, and also has cleansing properties. Garlic is a powerful anti-microbial and anti-fungal herb. Up to six cloves a day help fight off cold and flu symptoms. Take it in combination with parsley to reduce that garlic smell.

Traditional Chinese medicine also has a variety of natural healing herbs that can help fight infection. Lian Qiao is a fruit that reduces boils and fevers. Take a decoction (that is, the mashed fruit boiled in water) before the boils suppurate. A tincture or decoction of Gui Zhi twigs can help ease cold and flu symptoms. It promotes sweating, helpful in fighting infection, and creates a warming sensation to give a feeling of well-being. Add powdered ginger root if the patient is suffering from chills.

Natural Healing Herbs and Your Immune System

Natural healing herbs can also help prevent infection by enhancing the body’s immune system. Turning once again to Chinese medicine, Huang Qi roots boost leukocyte production and have antibacterial properties.

Back in the west, more well-known herbs can also achieve the same ends. The most widely recognized of these is Echinacea purpurea, the aforementioned purple coneflower. Native to North America, and long used medicinally by Native Americans, the purple coneflower is often found in cold remedies, usually in combination with vitamin C and zinc. A 2007 study by the University of Connecticut showed that Echinacea can cut the chances of catching a cold and shorten the duration of the cold if it has already been caught.

Another natural immune booster is the shiitake mushroom. These mushrooms, increasingly popular in cooking, contain lentinan, a polysaccharide that has been found more effective than prescription drugs in fighting viral infections. It can even help increase immune function in HIV positive patients.
This article has barely scratched the surface of the power of natural healing herbs to work with the body in fighting disease. Who knows what miraculous properties remain to be discovered – maybe in your own backyard?