Treating some of today’s diseases naturally

Natural medicine is a newer way that we at Healthy Boricuas describe as the prevention and treatment of disease through healthy eating, physical activity, and other healthy behaviors without the use of medication.

In this article, we will share with you some natural ways to treat most of today‚Äôs common health problems without the use of traditional medicine. Yes, you can treat almost anything health-related with natural remedies. Some methods have been studied and shown to help people feel better. Some examples might include meditation to reduce stress, peppermint or ginger tea for nausea, or guided imagery to help relieve stress and pain. 

  • Diseases of the respiratory system, such as colds, coughs, flu, inflammations of the throat, calm down using plants such as eucalyptus (Eucalyptus urograndis), Zaragoza (Glycyrrhiza glabra), plantain (Plantago major), garlic (Allium sativum), air leaf (Kalanchoe pinata), lemon (Citrus limon), carambola (Averrhoa carambola), used in the form of infusion and syrup, cough, flu, and colds are the most frequent conditions that are treated with plant extracts.
  • Cardiocirculatory diseases present a high frequency of consumption of medicinal herbs for its treatment, mainly for problems of the heart, poor circulation, and purification of the blood, for which they use plants such as lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), Zaragoza (Glycyrrhiza glabra), mint (Mentha spicata), celery (Apium graveolens), oregano (Origanum vulgare L.).
  • Acute and chronic inflammation, such as inflammation in general, inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys are treated with plantain (Plantago major), mallow (tradescantia spathacea), camomile (Chamaemelum Nobile L.), beldaco (Pseudobombax millei), bototillo (Crescentia cujete), and mainly aloe vera (Aloe vera L.), from the which use the leaves and, in the case of the chamomile, the whole plant in the form of infusion and juices. Like other studies, Aloe vera L. and Chamaemelum nobile L. stand out among the plants that is used in the treatment of inflammations (5). Chamaemelum Nobile L. is also used to alleviate headaches and menstrual pain
  • Immunological diseases such as diabetes, is treated with the sour cane (Costus villosissimus), and for cancer, they use plants such as soursop (Annona muricata), cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and noni (Morinda citrifolia L.). Studies Others maintain that medicinal plants or their extracts can optimize glucose metabolism and comprehensive condition of diabetics, not only for its hypoglycemic effects but also by improving the lipid profile.
  • Hyperlipidemic diseases as cholesterol and triglycerides, are relieved mainly with flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum L.), breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), cucumber (Cucumis sativus), celery (Apium graveolens), basil (Ocimum basilicum), purslane (Portulaca oleracea L.), mastranthus (Lippia alba), aloe (Aloe vera);
  • Diseases of the sensory system, such as headache, ear, are treated with cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), air leaf (Kalanchoe pinnata), plantain (Plantago major), peppermint (Mentha spicata), noni (Morinda citrifolia L.), Castile rue (Ruta graveolens), oregano (Origanum vulgare L.), of which the stem, leaves, and flowers are used, and are administered orally and topically.
  • To calm the nerves, use lemon verbena (Cymbopogon citratus), cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), lemon (Citrus limon), oregano (Origanum vulgare L.) and valerian (Valeriana officinalis). From the first, they use the leaves, from the second they use the shells, from the third they use the fruit, of the last two they use the leaves, in the form of cooking and administered orally.

Practicing methods have been studied and shown to help people feel better. Some examples might include meditation to reduce stress, peppermint or ginger tea for nausea, or guided imagery to help relieve stress and pain. These practices have a marked cultural behavior, where beliefs and traditions prevail that make medicinal plants be used permanently and that also become a starting point for the search for successful strategies in the conservation of the health of the rural populations.

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