Here at Vaporizer Kingdom we want people to understand as much as possible abut the products that tey are going to place into their vaporizers, this is just the first part of the series of articles that we will be publishing about herbs and how thy can be useful when used with vaporizers.
The definition of an herb is not straightforward at all. A simple herb description is a plant where the stems or leaves have medicinal properties or is used as a food, making use of flavour or perfume. Botanists usually describe an herb as a seed-bearing plant containing fleshy rather than woody parts and once flowered and seeded, it perishes.
Furthermore, herbs can include shrubs, vines and trees as well as annuals and perennials. The bark, rhizome, roots and seeds of an herb, dependent upon the type, can be effectively used in culinary dishes or for medicinal purposes which can be in the form of an ingestive, inhalant or application.
There is little doubt that herbs contain immeasurable medicinal qualities that can aid and improve certain areas of health. It is known that herbs which originate from the same genus can provide fluctuating components which are dependent upon several factors – season, weather, soil condition, time of day and even the moon’s phase. This is why harvesting of herbs has to be carried out at the exact time to avail maximum benefit to be derived from such an herb. In fact you could say it is crucial to undertake harvesting so precisely.
Over the years herbs have played an important role in everyday lives across the world not only from a health point of view but also in culture and religion. For instance, the use of incense in religious buildings acts as a spiritual symbol.
Although herbalism diminished for a period of time which was partly due to the link with ritual and magical beliefs and with the advancement of Western medicine; the opposite has now occurred and an increase in a more natural advance to health is widely popular. This is thought to be due to several reasons. Firstly, scientific progress has been able to substantiate and record the effects of herbs; side effects and hazards of artificial medications are easier perceived and particular bio organisms have shown signs of resistance to some types of man-made medications.
Moreover patients can benefit from a higher level of independence and freedom with herbalism in contrary to the more traditional type of health care. Alternative medicine provides a broader selection of options of treatment which could encourage positiveness and provide a brighter option.
The process of a plant to a pill and the power involved: A look at the scientific world of herbal medicine
The significance of medicine using herbs is evident and available for all who choose to enquire. A prime example is the opium poppy which is the source from where Morphine Morphine is derived from.
It is thought to be one of the more potent muscle relaxants available and originates from Chondrondendron tomestosum commonly known as curare. Curare was used on the points of arrows to immobilize animals when primitive Amazon tribes hunted their prey.
Dioscorea genus otherwise known as Mexican Yam produces diosgenin an essential element in the artificial production of sex hormones in human beings and is the master chart for composite oral contraception.
Saliate produces aspirin and is extracted from the foliage of Filipendula ulmaria, a meadowsweet plant.
Anasethetics emanate from Erythroxylum coca known as the coca bush.
Digitalis purpurea otherwise known as the common foxglove provides dioxin which is often referred to as the remedy for the heart.
The various species of Peruvian bark or cinchona produce quinine which is an anti-malarial medication.
These are only a few examples of medication that is synthetic which has resulted from plant life. As much as three quarters of bioengineered chemical are derived from plants that fall into the medical classification.
Furthermore, with the technological benefits of traditional health care the medical sector is nearer to being able to incorporate naturalistic medicine. In theUSAa high proportion of medical education establishments offer medicine alternatives in a certain amount of course work with an ever increasing rise each year. In fact, the term known as alternative medicine is now being replaced by being viewed as a more complementary role in medical treatment.
As exercise, diet and anxiety management are perceived as vital constituents in the deterrent of medical conditions and management of treatment to promote good health, herbal medicine is also playing a crucial role in the traditional health industry. This fact is corroborated by the practice of physicians throughout European and Asian countries and who are regularly prescribing remedies of an herbal nature for their patients.
Although theUSAis not as advanced in the practice of herbal remedies as the country has been somewhat inhibited by government regulations which has resulted in problems with funding, testing and distribution of such products. However, the general stance in the healthcare industry is one of recognition, promotion and inclusion of herbal remedies for use in the medical profession.