This is an excellent and easy to understand explanation of the properties in natural medicines. Commercially prepared medicines are often derived from these natural sources, then synthesized for mass production and copyright (“ownership”). Nothing truly natural can be “copyrighted”, but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective!
We’ve posted the top 6 here; please follow the link at the bottom to read the complete list – a valuable reference! (thanks to Mike Adams & NaturalNews.com for sharing this information)
1. Adaptogenic: Adaptogenic herbs increase resistance and resilience to stress, enabling the body to adapt around a problem and avoid the adverse effects of stress, such as fatigue. Many adaptogens are thought to work by supporting the function of the adrenal glands.
2. Anti-inflammatory: Herbs that soothe inflammation or reduce the inflammatory response of the tissue directly. They work in a number of ways, including inhibiting the formation of various chemicals produced by the body that tends to increase the inflammatory process.
3. Antimicrobial: Antimicrobials help the body destroy or resist pathogenic micro-organisms. While some herbs contain chemicals that are antiseptic or poisonous to certain organisms, in general they aid the body’s own natural immunity.
4. Antispasmodic: Antispasmodics ease cramps in smooth and skeletal muscles and alleviate muscular tension.
5. Astringent: Astringents have a binding action on mucous membranes, skin, and other tissues, reducing irritation and inflammation and creating a barrier against infection that is helpful to healing wounds and burns. This may result in toning and tightening of skin and tissues.
6. Bitter: Herbs with a bitter taste have a special role in preventative medicine. The taste triggers a sensory response in the central nervous system leading to a range of responses, including stimulating appetite and the flow of digestive juices, aiding the liver’s detoxification work, increasing bile flow, and motivating intestinal self-repair mechanisms.