Why I love herbs, and why you should too.
As a naturopath I use herbal medicines in most of my treatment plans for patients. Why, because they work, and they not only work at healing one system of the body, they work on multiple levels.
For instance if there was a herb that was able to help you manage your diabetes would you take it? Have a read of this research and make your own mind up;
In a clinical trial published in the journal Metabolism in 2008, newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics were randomly divided into groups and assigned to take berberine or metformin (500 mg 3 times a day) in a 3-month trial.
Berberine was able to control blood sugar and lipid metabolism as effectively as metformin. Significant decreases in hemoglobin A1c, fasting blood glucose, postprandial blood glucose and plasma triglycerides were observed in the berberine group as well. Overall, the results were incredibly promising for a more natural form of diabetes treatment.
Considering the many problems and side affects that Metformin has, would it not be a better idea to use a herbal medicine that contains berberine? Berberine is unavailable as a pharmaceutical, why? Because it is a constituent of a plant that cannot be patented, yay.
Would you use a herb if it could lower your cholesterol naturally? Maybe, well see what the research says;
A December 2004 article described berberine as “a novel cholesterol-lowering drug” that worked through a “unique mechanism distinct from statins.” In this study, berberine was given to 32 patients with high cholesterol for 3 months. The treatment reduced serum cholesterol by 29 percent, triglycerides by 35 percent, and LDL-cholesterol by 25 percent.
Lowering blood pressure?
Berberine activates a specific enzyme called adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, or AMPK. In cardiovascular disease, AMPK prevents harmful fat deposition and boosts fat burning in the mitochondria. It also stimulates the release of nitric oxide (NO), which in turns increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure.
Berberine is also helpful for PCOS, liver disease, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, candida overgrowth and the list goes on, berberine is a constituent of herbs such as barberry, goldenseal, phellodendron and oregon grape.
I use all of these herbs in my practice, mainly to correct gut dysbiosis, and leaky gut syndrome, the great thing about these herbs is that they not only work on what I use them for but they really have a positive affect on many other systems of the body. This is why I love herbal medicines, so next time you take your herbs, just think about how well they are making you on many levels.