Herbs have been used around the world for thousands of years, and scientists are now substantiating their ability to alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, prevent disease, and help with many other conditions. “Herbs and other natural remedies can be used as effectively as prescription treatments,” says Dr. Holly Lucille, “often without the negative side effects.”
Here are 4 super-healers that Dr. Holly recommends you add to the “all-natural” section of your medicine cabinet:
Curcumin from India: From the herb turmeric, curcumin is a superstar at dealing with pain and inflammation. We know that almost all chronic diseases – from diabetes to heart disease to arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease – have something in common: unchecked, destructive inflammation. Unlike synthetic drugs, which typically work against only a single inflammation pathway, natural curcumin reduces inflammation through its effects on multiple inflammation targets.
Comfrey from Germany: For sprains, cuts, bruises, scrapes, and all kinds of minor (and sometimes not so minor) trauma, comfrey is a remarkable natural intervention to relieve pain and hasten healing. Comfrey soothes pain, slows down further damage to tissues, and fast-forwards the production of cartilage, tendons, and muscles.
Echinacea from Hungary: Echinacea is known for supporting immune health and helping to overcome colds and flu. But there is a specialized, unique echinacea extract derived from Echinacea angustifolia that can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular echinacea extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.
Angelica Archangelica from Iceland: “The Angel’s Herb” has been used as a natural remedy in Iceland for over 1100 years. Now, modern medicine is exploring the use of this historic herb to address a variety of bladder problems like overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, stress incontinence, and bed-wetting.
About Dr. Holly Lucille: Holly Lucille, ND, RN is the author of Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’sGuide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. She serves on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Board of Directors and was listed in Time Magazine’s “Alt List”as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People.” For more information, visit www.drhollylucille.com.