Traditional Western medicine takes quite a rigid and fragmented approach to health. It is primarily concerned with treating isolated symptoms and diseases, rather than promoting the health of the whole person. Although conventional medicine has its place and can do a lot of good. Prevention is a far more potent tool. If the condition is not life threatening, nutrition should be the first line of defense. The nutritional approach is a safe, nontoxic, effective alternative to the conventional chemical route.
From the most ancient times, human beings have had a belief that plants contain healing powers. Herbs have also been seen as a source of wisdom. Even today, plants are the major source of medicine for over 80% of the world’s population.
The mustard on your table and many of the spices on your kitchen shelf come from herbs. When taking herbs, you are giving your body the nutrients that it needs, because herbs are considered food. Using herbs can improve the functions of the body so that it is able to use the good food that we put into it. Herbal medicines often complement conventional treatments, providing safe, well tolerated remedies for chronic illnesses. Herbs can help bring the body back into balance by helping cleanse and strengthen.
While a balanced diet and active lifestyle are the bedrock of good health, it is now widely acknowledged that it is necessary to use supplements such as vitamins, minerals and herbs. The stresses of daily life as well as the strains of a busy lifestyle, eating on the run, consuming an increased number of refined foods and just growing older all put extra pressure on our bodies. Not to mention that the foods we eat are not even grown the way our ancestors foods were grown leaving them severely depleted in nutrient value.
Most people do not get even the minimum government suggested Recommended Daily Allowances from their diets. These allowances are at best barely able to prevent deficiency diseases for “normal healthy people”.
In fact based on Scientific data it has been proven that greater amounts referred to as Optimum Daily Intakes can be preventative, therapeutic and safe.