There are several factors that contribute to the power of herbs:
1. Active compounds: Herbs contain various active compounds also known as Phytochemicals such as essential oils, alkaloids, flavonoids, and terpenes, which have specific therapeutic properties. These compounds interact with the body’s systems and can have potent effects on health and well-being.
2. Synergistic effects: Many herbs contain multiple active compounds that work together in a synergistic way. This means that the combined effects of the compounds are greater than the sum of their individual effects. Synergistic interactions enhance the overall potency of herb.
3. Natural and holistic approach: Herbs have been used for centuries in traditional medicine systems like Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Native American healing practices. These systems view health as a whole and focus on treating the root cause of an ailment rather than just relieving symptoms. Herbs offer a holistic approach by addressing multiple aspects of health simultaneously.
4. Adaptogenic properties: Some herbs, known as adaptogens, have the ability to help the body adapt to stress and promote balance. They work by modulating the stress response and supporting overall energy and vitality. Adaptogens like Sida acuta, ginseng, ashwagandha, and rhodiola are valued for their powerful effects on physical and mental well-being.
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5. Individual variability: Different individuals may respond differently to herbs due to variations in metabolism, genetics, and overall health. This means that a herb that is powerful for one person may not have the same effect on another. The individual variability of herb response allows for personalized approaches to healing. Overall, the power of herbs lies in their natural compounds, the synergy between these compounds, their holistic approach to health, adaptogenic properties, and the individual variability they offer in promoting wellness.
Since Medicinal herbs are given to man by his maker, it’s power is therefore from God and certainly it’s for the healing of the various sickness ailing humans let’s stop the stigmatization and use herbs with joy and gratitude!
Dr Anastasia Akpebe ( Botanical Pharmacist, Anmak Natural Medicine Academy. Nigeria)