You Can Beat Osteoporosis!

There are recent indications that herbs, whether prepared as extracts, infusions, compresses, poultices, or tinctures, may slow the onset of osteoporosis. A recent national health interview survey indicated some 38 million U.S. adults had used natural herbs or supplements during a 12-month period of time.

While not generally recommended for osteoporosis, natual herbs have been relied upon for thousands of years to restore and maintain health.  One of the reasons researchers found herbs may work for osteoporosis is that herbs perform several functions that help the body heal itself.  Herbs are found to cleanse, strengthen, and normalize the glands and bodily functions.  Herbs provide nutrition, raise energy levels and stimulate the immune system – all important factors in the fight against osteoporosis.

High in vitamins and minerals, as well as many plant-derived chemical compounds (known as photochemicals), herbs can be compared with food because they nourish the body and help it thrive.  Noteworthy is the herbal content of vitamin D, which has been documented to reduce, eliminate, or delay the onset of osteoporosis.

According to a noted doctor of oriental medicine, most modern pharmaceuticals are based on chemical constituents that were, at one time, isolated in the traditionally-used herbs.  Today, herbs actually serve as the basis of at least 25% of all pharmaceutical drugs.

Herbs have long been considered peoples first choice of medicine and they generally work better in combinations.  A world renown herbalist explains that herbal formulas contain a mixture of herbs that is coordinated and has a synergistic affect that no one herb alone can provide.

To restore health, and particularly for osteoporosis, herbal therapies generally require the consumption of herbs over an extended period of time.  For osteoporosis, it is best to start herbal therapy long before the actual projected age of onset, certainly by the beginning of perimenopause.  Herbs are generally known to treat the actual source of a health problem rather than just the symptoms and they are more gentle-acting than pharmaceuticals.  A noted master herbalist reminds us that some herbs conflict with prescription medications, so it is vital people are aware of the dangers.  That’s why consulting a knowledgeable herbalist is a necessity.

Herbs are generally inexpensive and readily available and a great start in treating osteoporosis.  As the “people’s medicine”, wisdom inherent in the plants can be passed down in the community of one generation to the next.  Licensing laws for recommending herbs vary from state-to-state.  For general information on herbs, visit www.herbs.org.  For additional information, visit AmericanHerbalistGuild.com.

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