Can Herbal Remedies Treat Chronic Conditions?


Modern medicine has its roots in herbal remedies. Many medications and treatments used in Western medicine today stem directly from the time-tested use of plants to treat conditions. Using an unadulterated herbal remedy, either by itself or in conjunction with other treatments, can better help with chronic pain and medical conditions. Like any form of treatment, herbal remedies should be evaluated with a medical professional prior to use to ensure they’re right for you. We’ll review what herbal remedies entail, their benefits, common types, potential effects, and how to work with a certified professional to best gain the benefits of herbal medicine.

What Are Herbal Remedies?

Herbal medicine is the use of natural botanicals to prevent or treat conditions through a variety of formats. It is often delivered via teas, ointments, capsules, and oils. These treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with modern medications and interventions, as well as with complementary activities such as exercise, to improve someone’s entire well-being. The goal of herbal treatments is to help the person as a whole and not just address or mask symptoms. 

Benefits of Herbal Remedies for Chronic Conditions

A key benefit of herbal remedies is that they are made directly from the plant without synthetic additives or harsh production processes. By avoiding unnecessary ingredients, herbal remedies help deliver the effective substances without the interference of additives or fillers as seen in mass-produced medications. Another benefit is that when prepared by an expert practitioner, herbal remedies are customized to the needs of the person to better suit their exact situation, improving effectiveness. Herbal medicine can be a more cost-effective treatment, saving money in the long run. 

What Conditions Can Herbal Medicine Treat?

One of the most common natural treatments is herbal remedies for chronic pain. Pain is disruptive to daily activities, even movements as basic as bathing and dressing. Herbal remedies offer options to treat pain that avoid addictive habits and help improve quality of life so that people can more easily enjoy the simple things we take for granted. 

Another common use is herbal remedies for chronic issues like anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. The ability of natural substances to help reduce worry, elevate outlook, and improve calmness helps sufferers organically find balance in life. One of the most well-known herbal remedies for depression and anxiety is lavender. Herbal remedies may be more palatable than medications with side effects or may be helpful in combination with medications, but they should be evaluated by medical professionals prior to use.

Common Herbs Used as Natural Remedies

You may be surprised to learn that many plants used in herbal medicine will be familiar. A well-known natural remedy is the plant ginseng. Found in herbal remedies for menopause, inflammation, and immune system enhancement, this is a well-recognized name to most people. Another common herb is aloe vera, often found in products for the skin, though it can also be prepared for oral use to help with certain gut or endocrine issues. Echinacea is often found in teas and supplements to bolster immune system support. The list of common herbs is long, and many of them will ring a bell. 

Potential Risks and Side Effects Associated With Herbal Remedies

Not all herbal remedies are made the same. There is little oversight into how they are produced, and you should exercise caution when purchasing online or even in a store. There is no guarantee what you purchase is pure or is actually made of what is listed on the package. It is more effective to work with a certified herbal practitioner local to you who can guarantee the quality and ingredients. 

Herbal remedies are not a one-size-fits-all solution and need to be customized to you based on your health history. Natural remedies can have interactions with medications, other supplements, and medical conditions, including allergic reactions or changing the effectiveness of medications like birth control or blood thinners. Every herbal source has different possible effects and should be evaluated thoroughly alongside an expert in herbal remedies. 

Consult With a Health Professional Before Trying an Herbal Remedy

For maximum effectiveness and safety, use of herbal remedies should be discussed with medical providers and be customized to you. Find a certified practitioner in herbal medicine and have a consultation with them to discuss current medical conditions and health concerns. Be honest about any medications, supplements, or diagnoses you have so that they can tailor the remedies to be most beneficial to your body. Since herbal remedies for anxiety, pain, and other health conditions can have interactions, it’s important your care team is aware of anything you take. Once you and your practitioner have a plan, monitor how you’re feeling and check in with them regularly so that adjustments can be made if needed. 

Unlock the Power of Herbal Medicine

Are you tired of dealing with medical conditions like chronic pain, digestive symptoms, or anxiety and can never find a medical provider who actually listens to you? At Hendersonville Acupuncture Clinic, you’re given the healing treatment you deserve with a practitioner who wants to hear what you have to say. With Cris Octa del Rosario, L.Ac., you’ll finally have someone who’s as invested in your well-being as you are. 

Take the first step towards a natural, personalized approach to healthcare by calling 615-439-2900 to schedule a consultation with Cris. Our combination of herbal medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle coaching will change the trajectory of your health. 

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About The Author

Cris Octa del Rosario, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in chronic pain and chronic conditions. His office is located in Hendersonville, TN.

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