Diseases and Herbs

One of the benefits of learning more about herbs is the growing capacity for self-treatment. Of course this also requires some knowledge of diseases.

It would be wrong to suggest that so much knowledge is needed to treat oneself or manage one's own health that it is unachievable for those who haven't attended medical school. Such a claim would be just nonsense.

With a little effort, due care and some common sense most people could learn to take a greater role in managing their own health, and that of the members of their family for whose care they are responsible. The fact is, becoming more knowledgeable about health is very wise indeed. It is not a good idea to become totally dependent on health care professionals.

However, there are vitally important roles to be played by all of the health and medical occupations. Professionals are essential parts of sensible health management plans. But they are not really needed as much as they are used.

In this section of HerbHealthGuide.com we provide information about many diseases. We include a range of self-help measures, particularly of course, herbal remedies.

Please be aware that we offer this material to inform and empower you as both health care consumer and developing self-helper but not as an alternative to professional care and treatment where appropriate. Please pay particular attention to anywhere we recommend seeking professional advice.

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So what's here?

We have basically followed a body systems pattern of organisation of the diseases and treatments. One departure is a brief but important page addressing the reduced dosages of herbs recommended for infants and children. Even though herbal medicines are safer and less harmful than pharmaceutical chemical drugs, they are very powerful and extra care must always be exercised when using any type of medicines with children.

The musculo-skeletal system is covered under "Bones and Muscles" and is such an important area that it occupies two pages. You can access the second from the first page. The diseases covered include ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) and tendonitis. Several self-management approaches are described and many herbal remedies are presented.

The circulatory system distinguishes between central and peripheral cardiovascular diseases. Herbs to strengthen the heart and those to treat hypertension, chilblains and varicose veins are covered.

For the digestive system we addressed Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation. For good measure we included an excellent herbal general bowel tonic.

We covered the integumentary system under "Healthy Skin". We distinguished between internally caused problems, those caused by an internal reaction to an external cause and plain external causes. All together we covered psoriasis, eczema, acne, boils and carbuncles, warts, cold sores (herpes simplex), ringworm, cuts and abrasions, bruises and sprains and finally, minor burns.

In the immune system we addressed the important areas of lymphatic support, cancers, HIV and AIDS.

Under the nervous system we covered anxiety, depression, headaches, hyperactivity and the difficult area of multiple sclerosis.

For the reproductive systems we concentrated mainly on the female system, including menstrual problems, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), pregnancy related problems and menopausal symptoms. For males we addressed the common problems of the prostate.

For the respiratory system we covered asthma, hay fever, bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the common cold and flu.

Finally, we covered urethritis and cystitis for the urinary system.

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