free from symptoms after two days
alternative therapies can hold their own
the last time i visited the doctor, i initially did not pay attention to it. it was another prescription pad, which the Person sitting opposite me had whipped out in order to prescribe something for my persistent sore throat. i only took a closer look after a conversation with the friendly medical assistant at the reception desk, who advised me – as i was leaving – to submit the prescription to my health insurance provider.
part of it was green. it had nothing to do with the usual magenta-colored medicinal prescriptions. neither did the remedy which was inscribed upon it. it was something purely ‘plant based’. i then made my way to the pharmacy with significantly more than the usual five-euro prescription fee. i did not regret the investment. because after two days, i was completely free from the symptoms. thanks to the power of medicinal plants. what they can do has been known for thousands of years.
phytopharmaceuticals are also based on knowledge from advanced civilizations
the way in which they work had already been described in the advanced civilizations of china and india. in the middle ages, it was hildegard von bingen who recognized the healing power of herbs, plants and healing stones through her visions, and she wrote them down. and the lawmakers also recognized phytotherapy as an independent therapeutic approach. health insurance companies will only refund the cost of phytopharmaceuticals in part or not at all. for more than ten years, this has only been possible in exceptional cases. but natural remedies (phyto = plant and pharmaceuticals = healing remedies) are in great demand.
the germans put their trust in ginkgo, coneflowers, valeriana, lavender & co. ‘stern’ magazine has published the figures. in 2008 alone, the germans paid out 1.45 billion euros for herbal remedies. this puts us at the top of the list in western europe. what phytotherapy can do has been proven scientifically as well as through its application in empiric therapy. but not everything is often as harmless as the natural composition suggests.
results from studies show effects on the Human organism
professor dr. edzard ernst is the world's first professor of complementary medicine at the university of exeter. together with the science writer, simon singh, he has now summarized the results of his studies in book form. "trick or treatment - alternative medicine on trial" as the guidebook is entitled.
for the scientist, it is obvious that plants and extracts derived from them often have effects on the Human organism. "plants cannot run away and, in the course of evolution, were effectively forced to develop chemical substances with which they could fend off predators, parasites or viruses from the body," argues ernst. he has been studying the efficacy of alternative treatment methods for more than 20 years and is convinced that the effectiveness of almost a dozen medicinal herbs can also be demonstrated in strict scientific tests (www.stern.de/gesundheit/heilkraeuter-wunderbares-und-wunderliches-3424622.html).
herbal medicine - competence from experience
these include st. john’s wort (for the treatment of arthritis, diarrhea, sciatica, and mild to moderately severe depression), ginkgo (circulatory disorders in the legs, dementia) or coneflowers (to fight off colds). "in many cases, medicinal herbs offer even more than conventional medicine," says the scientist. certainly, there are also many other examples. these include, for example, chamomile and evening primrose, which can be applied during menopausal complaints.
cultivation and further processing are important for medicinal herbs. the products on the market vary enormously. "it is difficult for the patient to make distinctions," as we know at naturheilzentrum bottrop. expert knowledge is important because possible interactions must also be known. the intake of st. john's wort can interfere with the contraceptive effect of the pill.
nabomade herbal medicine - naturheilzentrum bottrop
"this is why it is important that patients talk openly with their physician and naturopath," as farid zitoun and christianrüger know from their many years of professional practice at the bottrop facility for naturopathy. herbs can have side effects, just as chemically manufactured drugs do. "absolute openness is essential in order to eliminate negative effects." the potential of both disciplines can then be fully realized. there will ultimately only be one winner if conventional and complementary medicine go hand in hand: the patient.