Nutrition & herbal medicine

Nutritional medicine

We assume that because the Western world has an abundance of food, in which many of us tend to overindulge, that malnourishment is unlikely – FALSE!

The fact is that many of us are lacking in one or more nutrients. One nutrient can make the difference as to whether your immune system works properly, the difference of one nutrient may determine your likelihood as a sufferer of osteoporosis. One nutrient may affect your liver’s ability to detoxify your body well or poorly.

Studies have shown that deficiency of at least one nutrient is extremely common, particularly in the elderly population. In 1983 a Government study showed that 79.8% of the Australian population did not meet the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for zinc. In fact, it has been consistently shown in hundreds of scientific studies published in respected medical journals that intake of essential nutrients above RDI levels (through diet and/or supplementation) enhances resistance to infection, improves intellectual performance, and reduces the risk of birth defects, cancer and heart/vascular disease.

The following salient points are found in the preface of “The Physicians Handbook of Clinical Nutrition” (Henry Osiecki, 2001):

  1. Nutrients are an essential part of the human environment.
  2. Digestion, absorption and circulation are vital parts of cellular nutrition.
  3. Individuality is a crucial factor in Nutrition.
  4. In Nutrition, team work is essential.
  5. Intracellular metabolism at the molecular level is made possible by , and is integrated with, cellular nutrition.
  6. Genetics, inheritance, and molecular biology are permeated with nutritional problems and these disciplines cannot be studied adequately while disregarding cellular nutrition.
  7. Endocrinology and cellular nutrition are closely related.
  8. Pathological conditions of many kinds may have and probably do have roots directly related to cellular nutrition.

The scientific discipline of Nutritional Medicine examines an individual’s biochemical needs in relationship to his/her environment and fulfills that need with diet, lifestyle change, exercise and supplementation where needed.

Nutritional supplements are used to treat existing diseases, and to maintain homeostasis in order to prevent new illnesses developing.

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Herbal medicine

Herbal (plant) medicines have been used for thousands of years to great effect. In fact hundreds of modern medicines have derived their active constituents from plants. Many of the western medicine compounds used today are still extracted from plants grown for this purpose. Morphine, the most potent painkilling medication, is manufactured from an extract of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) grown in Tasmania. The most powerful heart medication for congestive heart failure, Digitalis or digoxin, is extracted from the common foxglove plant ( Digitalis purpurea). Others are used for tumor suppression and many more plants have had their active constituents isolated, synthesized and patented for medicinal purposes.

Phytotherapy, or plant (herbal) medicine refers to the use, both internal and external, of plant medicine for the prevention, relief, or cure of illnesses. Whole plant medicines, as compared to isolated active, or synthesized compounds, have that added benefit of containing synergistic compounds that can reduce the dosage required, potentize the active constituents and/or reduce side effects of the active compounds.

Phytotherapy can be used alongside conventional medicine or as a distinct branch of therapy derived from a combination of empirical and scientific knowledge. Traditional herbalism and eclectic medicine provide the foundation for phytotherapy, and form the framework for modern investigations into the healing powers of Natural Substances. The synthesis of this traditional knowledge with scientific investigation and verification forms a powerful alliance in the understanding and utilization of plant medicines. As Phytotherapy has evolved today, it has come to be known as the actual science of the therapeutic use of medicinal plants.

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