Plant Medicine VS. Modern Medicine: Can They Coexist?blog
It’s only recently that we’ve lost our knowledge of plant medicine and slowly grown apart from nature. Although modern medicine has its benefits, it still carries a heavy burden. The good news is that more and more people are turning to natural, plant medicine and alternative ways of healing.
Read on to learn more.
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The Re-Emergence of Natural Remedies & Alternative Medicine
For most of humankind, plants and plant medicine have been more than just part of our environment — they’ve been allies, guides, and healers to humanity.
In fact, most of our knowledge of plan medicine was crucial to our survival before our adoption of western-based, modern medicine.
We’ve only recently lost our knowledge of the power of plant-based medicine.
Major corporations, Big Pharma, and the media have played a huge role in our increasing dependency on conventional medicine. Traditional medicine seems “unreliable” and unable to meet our desire for quick and easy solutions.
Convenience and availability have made modern medicine the norm. We’ve adopted modern medicine as “the way” to good health and treating illnesses. Yet, we seem to have forgotten that plants are medicine.
The ease of running to the corner drug store to pick up Tylenol or Benadryl far outweighs the natural benefits of plant medicine for many. Why? So we can get back to life and our responsibilities — as opposed to making an herbal remedy and (god forbid) resting.
Bottomline… We demand instant satisfaction in all areas of our lives, and our health is no different.
Is this something that you can relate to?
Traditional methods of using plant medicine might not be practical or fast enough for our busy lives.
So with modern medicine being incredibly accessible and convenient, is there still a place for plant medicine in our modern lives? Is plant medicine even still relevant?
Now, more than ever, we are seeing a revival of plant medicine and natural remedies.
In fact, there are many evidence-based studies and scientific research backing its validity.
So what does this mean about our beliefs in and allegiance to modern medicine?
Before we dive into the power of plant medicine, let’s take a look at the reality of modern medicine.
The Truth About Modern Medicine
We’ve all used modern medicine in our lives and it’s likely the first thing we turn to when we fall ill.
Even though modern medicine — pharmaceutical drugs — has prevented and treated many ailments, it can carry a heavy burden.
Many pharmaceutical drugs are actually made from plants found in the world’s most biodiverse habitats, like the Amazon. Yet, major drug corporations are reproducing and increasing the potency of what nature creates.
High medical costs, insurance coverage, availability of doctors, and risks of further illness are just some of its additional drawbacks.
Even injuries and deaths from drug side effects, addiction, insomnia, heart attack, organ failure, hair loss, memory loss… the list goes on.
And after decades of overmedicating, we face a greater risk of resistance-growing bacteria in our microbiome — worsened by the fact that modern medicine focuses more on treating an illness rather than addressing the root of the problem.
The good news is that more and more people are turning to alternative ways of healing.
Plant medicine in place of conventional drugs is finally finding its way into the medical arena.
One study discovered that the Chaga Mushroom helps regulate high blood pressure. Instead of harsh blood pressure medication, people are having daily Chaga Mushroom Tea (more affordable and free of side effects!).
And with growing evidence of the success of natural remedies, like the Chaga Mushroom, there be a light at the end of the tunnel — mass integration of plant medicine can actually come to fruition.
Let’s face it…
Conventional medicine will always have its place in the modern world.
But we need to look at the body and our health from a holistic view — and an integration of plant medicine can be one of the best ways to get the best results.
But what is plant medicine, and how can it help you achieve balanced and vibrant health?
Let’s get into that next…
What is Plant Medicine?
Plant medicine is medicine from plants and other natural resources.
According to shaman and psychologist, Ross Heaven:
In earlier times of human history, people lived in harmony with the natural world, and regarded plants as sentient, aware, intelligent, alive, and healers in their own right.
So we’re no stranger to the healing benefits of plant medicine.
We merely need to re-establish our connection with the natural world and re-learn the powerful benefits of natural remedies.
Among many of its benefits, plant-based, natural medicine:
- Is more affordable than modern medicine
- Is easier to obtain
- Uses the body’s natural healing process to treat conditions
- Can both prevent and treat illnesses
- Increases the body’s natural ability to ward off diseases
- Carries drastically fewer side effects (nearly none) than conventional medicine
Plant medicine can also help us become more in tune with our bodies and intuition.
We naturally tune-in to their effects on our health, helping us connect with our intuition and honor our body’s needs. This profound mind-body awareness only helps us further heal our bodies.
Natural Medicine Alternatives
You can find many plants and herbs to treat various health conditions — from your local grocery store, online food stores, your community garden, or by growing them in your own backyard.
Here’s a list of some simple and effective natural remedies to treat a wide array of health conditions:
- Sore Throat — Ginger, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar (also a natural energy booster), garlic, salt, honey, lemon, and echinacea can relieve the pain of a sore throat and address the influx of bacteria that cause the infection.
- Headache — Instead of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, try ginger, turmeric, or valerian root
- Oxidation — Having high amounts of antioxidants helps combat oxidation and the growth of free radicals. Chaga mushrooms have the highest source of antioxidants to keep the body in balance and prevent oxidation. Blueberries, acai berry, cocoa (dark chocolate), strawberries, beets, and leafy greens are other great alternatives.
- Acne — Apply tea tree oil instead of chemical-ridden face creams.
- Common Cold — Echinacea, ginseng, cayenne pepper, lemon, ginger, and garlic.
- Insomnia — Kava, melatonin, evening primrose, hops, lemon balm, and valerian root instead of prescription sleep aids which keeps you groggy.
- Muscle Pain — Rub creams infused with capsicum or wintergreen on sore and tired muscles.
- Diarrhea — Bilberry, raspberry can help slow diarrhea, kill bacteria, and prevent dehydration.
- Allergies — Chamomile, honey, pine bark extract, and spices can help combat sneezing, runny nose, cough, and itchy allergy symptoms.
- High Cholesterol — Apple, cinnamon, cocoa (dark chocolate), evening primrose oil, flaxseed, or green tea are high in heart-healthy polyphenols which helps lower cholesterol.
- High Blood Pressure — Chaga mushroom, garlic, hibiscus, turmeric, cayenne pepper, cocoa, and fish oil can help stabilize blood pressure.
While the above are only some of the plant medicine alternatives for these common ailments, nature has many solutions that can work with our unique bodies and physical makeup.
The Past Meets the Future
Research on traditional, plant-based medicine still falls short relative to the pharmaceutical industry…
But one thing is for sure:
Plant medicine is going head-to-head with modern medicine.
Researchers are no longer only turning to conventional medicine as the solution to every health concern. Plant medicine, as an alternative, can be a viable, if not more effective (and safe and cheaper) form of healing and treatment. And the numbers are saying so.
We’re facing an empowering time — a paradigm shift — in how we view health and healing.
Plant medicine is no longer “unreliable” or void of our conversations about our health. We’re finally reviving the knowledge of our ancestors for millennia to help us heal — individually and as a whole.
Nature always has a cure.
The question is… Are you willing to look?
If you’re looking to add plant medicine into your wellness journey, Wild Remedies Premium Chaga is a highly effective natural remedy that helps reduce high blood pressure, lower blood sugar, boost your immunity, reduce inflammation, and much, much, more!
Have you helped treat or prevent any health conditions using plant medicine? What were the results you experienced? Leave a comment below — we’d love to hear from you!
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