I have been in nursing for over 40 years, and what I found was that doctors for the most part are not diet specific orientated. This includes vitamin, mineral, and herb therapy. This is a completely new class of study. Many doctors do not have the time to learn. Ever wonder why your doctor, most times, refers their patients to a dietician for a diet consult?
As I have said in one of my prior articles, most of today’s modern medicines consist of a herb base. The common household medicine cabinet has an abundance of herbs and most people do not even know this fact.
Herbal language plays a big role in what medicines are today. Many of today’s modern medicine have a definite link to herbs. Aspirin is one example. Ages ago, people used the herbs meadowsweet, and white willow bark to compound this NSAID of today. The name Spirea is an old name the science community gave to the herb, Meadowsweet. Aspirin is how it got its name from Spirea.
Many have never heard of the old Chinese herb called Ma Huang. The Chinese have treated sinus and chest congestion effectively with Ma Huang for centuries. The basic component of Ma Huang is pseudoephedrine, an ingredient that makes up Sudafed. 4,000 years ago ancient ancestors were treating with Sudafed and today we are still treating with the same component, Ma Haung. The Indians of the past, treated coughs due to colds with wild cherry bar. Today cherry is the main ingredient in most cough syrups for children.
When he/she goes to the supermarket to purchase toothpaste, many brands have peppermint in the paste. Science has discovered that peppermint oil is a natural antibiotic that helps to eliminate oral bacteria responsible for gum disease and tooth decay. For centuries, people have used peppermint to treat dental problems, such as, painful cavities and gum disease. Listerine utilizes a popular herb to disinfect the oral cavity, and this is thyme.
One problem that is more common among the populace anywhere in the world is constipation. When I was nursing, we have, for years used Cascara Segrada for patients complaining of constipation. Nearly all the laxatives found on the market today are herbal in nature. Psyllium is what makes up Metamucil Powder. The psyllium seed is an ancient herbal remedy. Movicol a laxative found on the market today. Movicol has a herbal ingredient known to correct constipation called buckthorn.
Whether we are aware of it or not, herbs are all around us in abundance in foods and medicines.
Reference The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman